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Saturday, February 8, 2020

Flyers Tie PJHL Series With Kincardine 1-1

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

Cody Treble and Kaden Hoggarth score, while Spencer Lazarevich posts the shutout in 2-0 Goderich victory

The Goderich Flyers have turned the tables on the Kincardine Bulldogs, in their Provincial Junior Hockey League Pollock Division best-of-seven opening round playoff series.

After dropping a 7-1 decision in the series opener at the Davidson Centre Friday, the Flyers evened the series at one game apiece Saturday with a 2-0 victory at the Maitland Rec Centre.

There was no scoring through the first two periods of play.

The scoring drought ended almost seven minutes into the third period when Cody Treble beat Bulldogs' goaltender Sean Andrus, with assists from Parker Gibbings and David Fincher.

With Andrus pulled for an extra attacker, Mitch Fisher and Reid Ramseyer set up Kaden Hoggarth for a shot past a sprawling defencemen and into the the empty net with 34 seconds left.

Goderich head coach Ethan Scott is confident that he can roll four lines against Kincardine, who he says has only two reliable forward units.

He adds that the Flyers played accountable hockey, in which they communicated well on the ice and finished every check.

Scott's best praise was reserved for goaltender Spencer Lazarevich, who made 43 saves in posting the shutout.

Scott says he had to put Lazarevich into Game One in Kincardine, when starter Logan Vermunt tore his MCL.

Scott points out that his club needed to stay out of the penalty box and play disciplined hockey, with Fincher the only player sent to the penalty box for the Flyers.

Just six minutes in penalties were called by referee Kevin McArthur through the entire game.

There will be little rest for either club, as they face off Game Three at the Davidson Centre, Sunday at 4:30pm.

In Saturday's other PJHL opening round playoff action, Rhys Vollmer and Logan Tolton Led Wingham with two goals each, as the Ironmen routed Walkerton 7-2 to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven.

As of 11:30pm Saturday, Mitchell and Hanover were scoreless in the second overtime at the P & H Centre; the Hawks won the opener in Mitchell on Friday.

In the PJHL Yeck Division Saturday, Ian Vandenheuvel scored 35 seconds into overtime, to give the Exeter Hawks a 4-3 win over Lucan and a 2-0 lead in the series.

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