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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Flyers Rally To Tie Mitchell

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

Goderich scored three unanswered third-period goals Sunday, to force a 5-5 tie in PJHL action

The Goderich Flyers again encountered second period problems in their Provincial Junior Hockey League game against Mitchell, but this time they recovered.

At the Maitland Rec Centre Sunday, Trent Michie reduced the Hawks' lead to 2-1 with an unassisted goal at 7:13 of the second period, which was followed by Riley Conners conversion of a Matt Bean pass to score at 16:44.

Goderich trailed 5-2 after 40 minutes of play, as Mitchell scored three times in less than five minutes.

The Flyers answered back with three unanswered markers in the third period.

The power play clicked again for the Flyers just 46 seconds in, as Eric Vander Eyk set up Bean for the tally with the extra man.

Two Goderich defencemen got in on the scoring at 3:56 as Brennan Long took Braeden Duncan's feed, to reduce Mitchell's lead to 5-4.

Conners contributed to Mitch Fisher's game-tying goal with 4:12 remaining.

Goderich outshot the Hawks 8 to 7 in the seven-minute, three-on-three overtime period, and by a margin of 50 to 43 through 67 minutes of hockey.

Flyers' head coach Paulie O'Byrne admits he's frustrated at not being able to gain a clear-cut two points on sixth-place Mitchell, but at the same time he notes his team's resilience.

Goderich's third period comeback attempt is all the more remarkable, as it came late in the last of three games in as many days.

O'Byrne is encouraged by the Flyers' power play unit, which registered a combined three goals through their games on Saturday and Sunday.

On goaltending as the playoffs approach, O'Byrne says starter Kevin Linker and backup Jarron Thompson provide an effective one-two punch to keep Goderich in games and help them win.

Thompson was pulled Saturday after Wingham scored four goals in a 6:25 span in the second period, but O'Byrne assured his backup that none of the goals were his fault.

In one other PHJL Pollock Division contest Sunday, Rhys Vollmer scored the game-winning goal early in the second period of a 4-1 Wingham victory at Walkerton.

The Flyers have four days of rest including at least one practice day, before their last two regular-season home games next weekend.

Goderich hosts Mount Forest at the Maitland Rec Centre, Friday at 7:55pm.

Wingham vists the Flyers at MRC, Saturday at 7:35pm.

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