Goderich Flyers' head coach Paulie O'Byrne pins the blame on his team's defensive play, in a 9-4 loss to the Kincardine Bulldogs in Provincial Junior Hockey League play.
Mitch Fisher led the Flyers with two consecutive goals in the second period, after the Bulldogs went up 2-0 through 20 minutes of play at the Maitland Rec Centre Sunday.
Jacob Kirkton and Matt Bean set up Fisher's first marker at 3:23 of the middle period, then Dominic Burbine paired up with Braeden Duncan on the feed to Fisher at 5:33.
Kincardine blew the game open later in the period with four goals in less than four minutes, to increase their lead to 7-2 after two periods.
Duncan took the set up from Zack Hammel at 8:23 of the third, to reduce the Goderich deficit to 8-3.
Eric Vander Eyk scored from Riley Conners with 33 seconds left in the final period.
Flyers' starting goaltender Kevin Linker and backup Kyle Dunlap combined to make 28 saves in the loss, which drops seventh-place Goderich to 5-16-0-2 for 12 points.
Linker was pulled in the second period, then replaced Dunlap early in the third, in moves O'Byrne says were necessary for each player's confidence.
Veteran forward Mike Feighen led the Bulldogs with three goals and two assists.
O'Byrne admits he hasn't had much time to prepare the team since the departure of former head coach Chris Corbett, and that the players need to learn a new system and culture.
The Flyers travel to Mitchell for an 8:30pm game on Wednesday, then return to MRC to host the division-leading Wingham Ironmen next Sunday afternoon at 2:55pm.