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Monday, January 23, 2017

Penalties Cost Flyers in Loss to Mount Forest

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

Five of Patriots' last six goals came on the power-play in 10-2 win at Goderich

The Goderich Flyers' penalty-killing unit has had its share of success so far in the Provincial Junior Hockey League season, but it was a different story Sunday in the 10-2 Goderich loss to Mount Forest at the Maitland Rec Centre.

Flyers' head coach David Errington says his team was slow from the start, giving up a goal seven seconds into the first period and trailing 2-0 three minutes into the game.

Tyler Stacey's power play marker on a nice set up from Brad Watson and Jack Francis at 7:02 of the opening period cut the Patriots' lead to 2-1.

Noah Kuno and Wyatt Carey fed Riley Connors with the tying goal with 10:39 left in the second period.

Mount Forest forged ahead with three goals in the second period and five in the third.

Five of the Patriots' last six goals were scored with the extra man.

Blair Butchart led Mount Forest with four goals while Jack Vautour and Brendon Aitken scored two each, and Liam Francis and Derick Acheson accounted for singles.

Errington praised the play of affiliated call-up goaltender Connor Irwin, who replaced starter Branden Bean part-way through the second period.

Errington says Goderich didn't have much left, after skating to a 2-2 tie at Kincardine on Saturday -- Mount Forest was coming off a 5-1 win at Wingham also on Saturday.

The win gives Mount Forest 33 points in the Pollock Division standings -- one behind Kincardine and with two games in hand on the Bulldogs.

The Flyers stay home to host first-place Walkerton at MRC, Saturday night at 7:30pm.


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