The Goderich Flyers played strong hockey in the first 38 minutes of their Provincial Junior Hockey League game against Mount Forest, but the remaining 22 minutes were a challenge.
The Patriots scored four unanswered goals in the second and third periods to erase a 2-1 deficit, and skate away with a 5-2 victory at the Maitland Rec Centre Sunday.
Jack Francis scored short-handed for Goderich on an assist from Mitch Newson at 11:43 of the first period to tie the game 1-1.
The Flyers went ahead with 4:11 left in the opening period, as Morgan Benneweis and Jordan Hubbard set up Trent Michie.
Goderich head coach David Errington voiced his frustration after the game, saying the Flyers got too comfortable holding the one-goal lead for more than 21 minutes in the first and second periods.
Errington says other factors including the absence of forwards Tyler Stacey and Ryan Stulp hurt the Flyers the longer the game went on.
He adds that the season schedule has worked against Goderich at times -- Sunday's game was their only contest on the weekend and the day's only game in the Pollock Division.
It was the first time Goderich had played in eight days.
Scott Stovel led Mount Forest with two goals -- Brendon Aitken opened the scoring on the power play for the Patriots, with other singles scored by Jack Vautour and Shawn Lantz.
The loss keeps Goderich three points behind sixth-place Wingham, while the Patriots improve to 6-11-and-2.
The Flyers and Patriots face off again in Mount Forest on Friday, then the Flyers return home to host Hanover at MRC on Saturday.
The Huron County Christmas Bureau was the game's big winner Sunday, as almost 50 fans took part in the pajama toss when the Flyers scored their first goal.