It was not the Christmas gift the Provincial Junior Hockey League's Goderich Flyers were hoping for.
Despite a creditable performance offensively and defensively at the Maitland Rec Centre Sunday, the Flyers fell 12-4 to the first-place Mount Forest Patriots.
The loss ended a three-game point streak for Goderich, who entered play with two wins and an overtime loss.
Goderich's top forwards made their presence felt throughout the game with Jeff Fritzley and Matt Bean each scoring twice, while Fritzley had two assists and Bean set up a goal.
Forward Trent Michie contributed two assists, and defenceman Jack Stecho added one helper.
Flyers' head coach Ethan Scott tells Country 104.9 Sports that while his club fired 43 shots at Pats' goaltender Aidan Quish, he was equal to the job and gave up very few rebounds.
Mount Forest generated 44 shots at Goderich netminders Spencer Lazarevich and Logan Vermunt, who Scott says performed as well as they could against high-powered scoring talent.
Jack Birkett, Blair Jenkins, Ryley Cribbin, Hayden Coulter and Michael Anselmini each scored twice for Mount Forest, with Blair Butchart and Michael Stefanelli rounding out the scoring with one each for the Patriots.
The loss keeps the Flyers tied for sixth place in the PJHL Pollock Division standings with Walkerton, who were defeated 5-1 by Hanover at the P and H Centre Sunday.
The Flyers and Hawks each have four wins, one tie and one overtime loss for 10 points, but Walkerton has two games in hand on Goderich.
The Flyers travel to Hanover on Friday, then return to host Walkerton at MRC, Saturday night at 7:30pm.
Flyers' fans and the community are invited to the Maitland Rec Centre for the annual Skate With The Flyers event, Monday from 12noon until 1:30pm.