Goderich Flyers' head coach Jim Fritzley is proud of his team, which he says showed "a lot of heart" in rallying to defeat the Mitchell Hawks 9-6 in Provincial Junior Hockey League play.
At the Maitland Rec Centre Sunday, Goderich built up a 2-1 first period lead, only to fall behind 5-2 with four minutes left in the second.
Defenceman Jack Stecho and forward Mitch Fisher scored the Flyers' first two goals, with former Mitchell Hawk Kaden Hoggarth setting up Stecho, and Kyle Langlois and Trent Michie assisting on Fisher's power play marker.
Two goals in 28 seconds from Colton Quipp and Parker Gibbings sparked the Goderich comeback; Griffin MacDonald tied the score at 5-5 with six seconds left in the second period.
The third period was all Goderich, with the Hawks plainly on their heels.
Quipp completed a hat trick with two goals, while Jeff Fritzley and Hoggarth rounded out the Flyers' scoring.
Hoggarth skated off with four points, including his empty-net goal with 11 seconds left in regulation time.
Goderich goaltenders Spencer Lazarevich and Jarrod Fleming combined to make 32 saves, with Fleming being credited with the win.
Fritzley is pleased with the Flyers' resilience after falling behind, and with the way Quipp responded to being moved to a forward position from the blue line.
The Flyers' head coach adds that his team needs to be more aware in their defensive zone, to cut down key opposition takeaways and scoring chances.
The victory improves Goderich's seventh-place record in the PJHL Pollock Division to two wins and nine losses for four points, one behind Walkerton.
The Flyers travel to Kincardine for an 8:30pm start at the Davidson Centre Friday, then return to MRC to host Mount Forest at 7:30pm Saturday.
The Walkerton Hawks picked up a point in a 5-4 overtime loss at Wingham Sunday, in which Kyle Stanbury forced overtime with a goal at 19:46 of the third period and Carter Collinson netted the overtime winner.