A challenging weekend for the Provincial Junior Hockey League's Goderich Flyers, who suffered three losses in three nights.
Flyers' General Manager Doug Timmermans says his team had only 16 skaters in the lineup, largely because of injuries to several key players.
On Sunday, the Flyers dropped an 8-2 decision to the Mitchell Hawks in a neutral-site game at Blyth Arena, which Timmermans blames partly on unsuccessful defensive coverage.
The smaller rink also played to the Hawks' strength, as Mitchell skates on a smaller ice surface at home.
Nolan Gagnier and Jack Stecho fed Mitch Fisher on the power play at 7:52 of the second period, to cut the Mitchell lead to 3-1.
Colton Quipp scored from Fisher and Parker Gibbings with 4:07 left in the second period.
Noah Benjamin and Spencer Dowd led Mitchell with two goals each.
At the Maitland Rec Centre Saturday, Jeff Fritzley and Fisher scored for Goderich in an 8-2 loss to the Mount Forest Patriots.
Jack Birkett netted a hat trick for Mount Forest, while Payton MacIsaac had four points including a goal.
Timmermans says the Patriots have built their team over a period of six to eight years, and the quality of the rebuild is reflected in their style of play.
For Timmermans, perhaps the most frustrating loss was at the Davidson Centre on Friday, as Goderich was shut out 3-0 by the Kincardine Bulldogs.
He says Goderich stayed with the Bulldogs through most of the game, and held them to a 1-0 lead until 18:27 of the third period when veteran forward Mike Fieghen scored on the power play.
Bulldogs' goaltender Jamie Brock posted the shutout, stopping 24 Flyers' shots.
The Flyers have games in Hanover this Friday and Mitchell Saturday, then return to MRC to host Hanover on Saturday, November 9th at 7:30pm.
Timmermans says he's looking forward to the next two weeks, during which the Flyers will work on mental attitude and systems play.