A slow start for the Goderich Flyers may have helped cost them a home-ice win, in Provincial Junior Hockey League action Saturday.
Mitchell's Jarrett Bogdon scored 44 seconds into the first period -- his first of three goals on the night -- to lead the Hawks to a 7-6 victory over Goderich at the Maitland Rec Centre.
The Flyers played catch-up all through the game, but a rally attempt that started late in the second period fell just short.
Goderich head coach Jim Fritzley says the Flyers showed marked improvement in some areas at times, but that defensive lapses cancelled out offensive gains.
He credits the Flyers for sticking with the Hawks, but that much of Goderich's approach to the game needs to be fixed.
Forward Eric Vander Eyk's two-goal performance stood out for the Flyers with singles from Jeff Fritzley, Colton Quipp, Avery Timmermans and Nolan Gagnier.
Goderich defenceman Jack Stecho had two assists while Cody Treble, Trent Michie, Kyle Langlois, Fritzley, Matt Bean and Mitch Fisher contributed one assist each.
Mitchell outshot the Flyers 40 to 32.
While Goderich went 1-for-6 on the power play, Jim Fritzley believes his unit breaks out of its own zone well but needs work on other aspects of skating with the extra man.
The Flyers remain in seventh place in the PJHL's Pollock Division, and travel to Wingham next Friday in search of their first victory of the season.
Next home game for Goderich is against Mount Forest at MRC on Sunday, October 6th at 2:30pm.
In other PJHL Pollock Division play Saturday, Luke Eurig scored a hat trick to lead Mount Forest to a 6-2 win at Kincardine, while Logan Tolton and Kyle Stanbury each scored twice to lead Wingham past Hanover 5-1.
Saturday's play in the PJHL Yeck Division was highlighted by goaltender Bobby McLachlan's 23-save shutout for the Exeter Hawks, who blanked Port Stanley 8-0.