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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Flyers Fall To Wingham

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

Both Goderich goals came on the power play, in a 5-2 loss to the Ironmen in PJHL action

Paulie O'Byrne is not a happy hockey coach.

The head coach of the Goderich Flyers was commenting after their 5-2 loss to the Wingham Ironmen in Provincial Junior Hockey League play at the Maitland Rec Centre Saturday.

The game came one night after a Flyers' third-period rally fell short in a 6-4 loss at Walkerton Friday -- Goderich trailed the Hawks 6-0 after 40 minutes.

O'Byrne says his team never completely got into the game against the PJHL Pollock Division's top team.

He says his players rarely seem mentally ready to play 60 minutes of hockey, with major letdowns in their last three games -- each of them losses.

One bright spot for the Flyers Saturday, is that both their goals were scored on the power play.

After a scoreless first period Wingham broke out for four goals in 6:25, then Kody Langlois took the set-up from Matt Bean and Trent Michie with the man advantage at 15:29.

With 1:05 remaining in the third period and two seconds left in a Wingham penalty, Michie and Chase Meurs fed Noah Nurse with the game's last goal.

Goderich goaltenders Jarron Thompson and Kevin Linker faced 38 Ironmen shots, while the Flyers got 33 shots on Wingham netminder Devon Carson.

The seventh-place Flyers are six points behind the Mitchell Hawks, with 20 points on an 8-25-1-3 record.

It doesn't get any easier for the Flyers, who host Mitchell at MRC in a matinee game, Sunday at 2:55pm.

In Saturday's other PJHL Pollock Division action, Brock Phillips' unassisted power-play marker in overtime earned Hanover a 6-5 win over Mitchell, while Mount Forest goaltender David Lobsinger faced 28 shots as the Patriots blanked Kincardine 2-0.

In the Provincial Junior Hockey League's Yeck Division, five different players scored for Exeter in the Hawks' 6-5 overtime loss to Dorchester at the South Huron Rec Centre Saturday.

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