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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Lead Turns into Loss for Flyers

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

Wingham overcame a one-goal deficit to defeat Goderich 6-2

For the second game in as many nights the Goderich Flyers stayed with the opposition, only to have the game get away from them.

Goderich held a 2-1 lead on Wingham in the first period at the Maitland Rec Centre Saturday, when the Ironmen scored five unanswered goals to cap a 6-2 win.

It was one of three games in the Western Junior C Hockey League.

Tyler McCracken tied the score for the Flyers at one apiece at 3:07 of the first period from Noah Kuno, and Ethan Scott set up Jack Francis for the go-ahead goal less than four minutes later.

Matt McCracken's two goals led Wingham with singles from Jeremy Ross, Ryan McNeil, Josh Stewart and Kiefer MacInnes.

Flyers head coach David Errington says it was another case of his club playing 40 minutes or less, similar to what happened in Goderich's 12-4 loss at Mount Forest on Friday.

He praises the way the Flyers' defence moved the puck out of the defensive zone for most of the game, but says long stretch passes got them into trouble.

Recently-signed 6-foot-6-inch goaltender Josh Ruehle made his debut in net for Goderich, making 32 saves -- Wingham's Ben Nelson stopped 30 Flyers shots.

The victory moves the fourth-place Ironmen within a point of idle Mitchell, with 29.

The Flyers visit Kincardine on Friday, while Wingham hosts Mitchell also on Friday.

In other Western Junior C play Saturday, Mitchell Pike scored the game-winner in the second overtime as Hanover got by Mount Forest 7-6.

Walkerton also shut out Kincardine 4-0.



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