First place in the Provincial Junior Hockey League's Pollock Division has changed hands, and the seventh-place Goderich Flyers found themselves playing an influential role.
Forward Trent Michie scored two goals and set up a third at the Maitland Rec Centre Saturday, while forward Matt Bean had three assists in the Flyers' 5-2 victory over Wingham.
In a game that saw several extended sequences of play without a whistle, Michie opened the scoring from Bean and Jeff Fritzley 8:01 into the first period.
Just 36 seconds into the second period, Michie and Bean fed Mitch Fisher on the power play for a 2-0 lead that lasted for over five minutes.
Ironmen veteran forward Kyle Stanbury scored an unassisted goal at 5:50 of the middle frame, while Bean was serving a minor penalty for tripping.
Michie restored the Flyers' two-goal lead with 8:21 remaining in the second period -- a goal that was answered seven seconds later by former Goderich standout Chase Meurs.
A busy second period was wrapped up with 2:28 to go, when defenceman Griffin MacDonald converted a pass from Colton Quipp to make the score 4-2 Goderich.
PJHL Pollock Division November Rookie of the Month Nolan Gagnier celebrated his honour with an empty-net goal with 42 seconds left in the third period.
The Ironmen looked flat, mistake-prone and almost nervous at times, while the Flyers were able to exploit opposition errors in the Wingham zone and neutral ice.
Goderich goaltender Spencer Lazarevich looked sharp in his 32-save performance; shots on goal were even, at 34 each.
Wingham is on a two-game losing streak, after Kincardine shut out the Ironmen 4-0 at the Wescast Complex on Friday.
The Goderich win Saturday kept Mount Forest in first place on the strength of their 5-2 victory over Mitchell -- Ryley Cribbin and Michael Anselmini each scored twice for the Patriots.
One other PJHL Pollock Division game Saturday saw veteran forward Mike Feighen bang home the game-winner in overtime, as Kincardine outlasted Hanover 3-2 at the Davidson Centre.
In the PJHL Yeck Division at the South Huron Rec Centre Saturday, forward Jonathon Frook paced Exeter with a goal and two assists, as the Hawks edged Dorchester 3-2.