The Goderich Flyers had hoped to move closer to the sixth-place Wingham Ironmen in the Provincial Junior Hockey League's Pollock Division standings, but couldn't keep the momentum they built off a win in Mount Forest on Wednesday.
Veteran defenceman Morgan Benneweis was Goderich's only goal scorer in the Flyers' 3-1 loss to Wingham at the Wescast Community Complex Friday, with affiliated players Rhys Volmer and Chase Muers assisting.
Benneweis' power play marker tied the game 1-1 at 12:46 of the first period, after Wingham's Logan Tolton netted the game's first goal at the 5:28 mark.
The short-handed game-winner for the Ironmen came off the stick of Josh Stewart at 8:17 of the second period, followed by Bailey Boyes' insurance marker with 4:29 left in the middle frame.
The third period was scoreless in a game that saw the Ironmen outshoot Goderich 32 to 18.
While each club's specialty teams were a factor in the outcome, the number of penalties assessed did not loom as large as the numbers showed.
Referees Steven Percy and Ryan Lang called a total of 26 infractions for 66 minutes of penalty time.
With the victory, Wingham's record improves to 7-18-and-3 for 17 points, while the Flyers drop to 4-21-and-3 for 11 points.
The Flyers visit Hanover on Tuesday and Wingham next Friday, before returning home to MRC to host Hanover on Saturday, January 7th -- the Ironmen play in Walkerton also on Saturday, January 7th.
Friday's only other scheduled PJHL Pollock Division game -- Walkerton at Hanover -- was postponed with a make-up date to be announced.