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Saturday, December 28, 2019

Flyers Take Back-To-Back Weekend Victories

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

Goderich's 6-3 PJHL victory over Walkerton Saturday followed a 4-2 win at Hanover Friday

"They're playing accountable, and that's dangerous hockey when you're playing accountable".

Those are the words of Goderich Flyers' head coach Ethan Scott, following the Flyers' 6-3 Provincial Junior Hockey League victory over the Walkerton Hawks Saturday.

The game at the Maitland Rec Centre marks the first time in team history that Goderich has recorded back-to-back wins; Goderich doubled Hanover 4-2 at the P & H Centre on Friday.

The Flyers' top line of Trent Michie, Jeff Fritzley and Matt Bean went to work early, with Fritzley beating Hawks' goaltender Matthew Donnelly just 33 seconds into the first period.

Michie and Bean helped set up the marker, which was the first of three for Fritzley.

Goderich built up a 2-1 lead after one period of play, with Cody Treble putting the Flyers ahead with an assist by newcomer Ethan Hewitt.

The second period was almost all Flyers with Fritzley scoring on the power play from Bean and Mitch Fisher almost five minutes in, followed less than a minute later by Caden Beattie's goal from Ethan Long and Michie, and Kaden Hoggarth's short-handed effort assisted by Fritzley.

Bean and defenceman Jack Stecho fed Fritzley for his third goal of the night, which he banged home with 12:14 left in the third period.

Scott praises his entire roster, saying each player is aware of his role and responsibility to his teammates.

The Flyers kept up the offensive pressure, outshooting the Hawks 40 to 37.

Nathan Thibodeau scored twice in the Walkerton loss, with Evan Visser accounting for the other goal.

In Hanover Friday, Hoggarth led Goderich with two goals as the Flyers prevailed 4-2 over the Barons; Chad Treble and Michie put up singles in the victory.

Luke Hoelscher scored both goals for Hanover.

The win Saturday gives Goderich 14 points through 32 games on six wins, a tie and an overtime loss.

The sixth-place Flyers are four points ahead of Walkerton, but the Hawks have two games in hand in the PJHL Pollock Division standings.

The Flyers visit Kincardine next Saturday, then host Walkerton in a neutral site home game at Lucknow Arena, Sunday January 5th at 4:30pm.

In other PJHL Pollock Division play Saturday, Tyler Hooker scored twice and Chris Ferri netted the game winner, as Hanover edged first-place Mount Forest 3-2.

Forward Mike Fiegehen's power play goal in overtime secured a 4-3 win for Kincardine at Mitchell.

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