The window for the Goderich Flyers to escape seventh place by the end of the Provincial Junior Hockey League regular season is still open, but the opening is becoming rapidly more narrow.
Goderich played a spirited game in a 6-3 loss to the Hanover Barons at the Maitland Rec Centre Saturday, with all three goals scored in the first period.
Flyers' head coach David Errington attributes much of the losses against Hanover Saturday and at Wingham Friday to bad breaks.
In Saturday's game Goderich hit at least two goalposts and one crossbar, with the puck staying out each time.
Trent Michie banked in a shot off the post to tie the game 1-1 at 6:44 of the opening frame, 28 seconds after Jarrett Kuntz got Hanover on the board -- Brody Tenpas and Drew McKee assisted on the Michie goal.
Kuntz beat Goderich goalter Branden Bean again with 8:10 left in the first period, then the Flyers grabbed a 3-2 lead through 20 minutes on goals by Morgan Benneweis and Tyler McCracken -- Wyatt Carey set up the McCracken goal.
Bean made 26 saves in the loss, while Hanover's Braeden Ellis stopped 33 Flyers shots.
Kuntz enjoyed a five-point night with assists on three other Barons' goals -- Colton Culbert, Cole Leslie, Jared Lisemer and Justin Graham rounded out the Hanover scoring.
Errington says it's good to have solid defence with veteran defenceman Benneweis back in the lineup from injury, and paired with rookie Trent Bell.
The Flyers fall to 4-23-and-3 in the PJHL Pollock Division with the loss, now 10 points behind sixth-place Wingham who defeated Walkerton 5-4 in overtime Saturday with Bailey Poels firng home the winner.
Fourth-place Hanover is now two points ahead of Mount Forest, whose Saturday game against Mitchell was postponed, and two points back of Kincardine.
The Flyers visit Walkerton Friday and return home to host Wingham at MRC Saturday at 7:30pm, while the Barons host Walkerton at P and H Centre Tuesday at 8pm.
In the PJHL's Yeck Division Saturday, Christian Petrozza registered a natural hat-trick and Liam Melady scored twice in the Exeter Hawks' 7-2 win at Port Stanley.