An 800-pound gorilla has jumped off the backs of the Western Junior C Hockey League's Goderich Sailors with a 3-2 victory over the Hanover Barons.
It's Goderich's first win through 30 games this season.
Jacob McDougall set the tone by scoring goals in the first minute of the first and second periods -- assisted both times by Cody McIntyre and Jesse McIntyre.
The Sailors were short-handed at 3:23 of the second period as Carlos Rivero fed Joseph Dykstra with the game-winner while Jesse McIntyre was serving a minor penalty for boarding.
Brad Pitt and Justin Graham responded for the Barons who stay five points behind fifth-place Mount Forest -- the Patriots have a game-in-hand on Hanover.
Goderich head-coach Bill Wilkinson believes the stage was set for last night's win when the Sailors stormed back from a 4-1 first period deficit to lose 4-3 in Mitchell Friday.
Wilkinson says he's glad to see the return of team captain Ben Gowing to the lineup along with Tom Bedour -- both had missed numerous games due to injury.
Again Wilkinson praises goaltender Jaden Shrier who fought off intense offensive pressure from the opposition in the third-periods of last night's and Friday's games.
The Sailors head to Kincardine for their next game Friday while the Barons visit Hanover also on Friday.
Goderich's next home game is against Mount Forest on January 12th.
Last night's other Western Junior C games saw Walkerton over Mount Forest 4-1 -- Brent Rae's power play goal mid-way through the second period gave Mitchell a 4-3 win over Kincardine.