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Flyers and Mitchell Swept in PJHL Playoffs

Regional | by Peter Jackson  

Kincardine has eliminated the Flyers 4-0, while Wingham has put out the Hawks in four straight games

The Goderich Flyers have been eliminated from the Provincial Junior Hockey League Pollock Division playoffs, but they put in a good effort in their bid to survive.

The Kincardine Bulldogs completed a sweep of Goderich in a 3-2 victory at the Maitland Rec Centre Friday, taking the best-of-seven quarter-final series four games to none.

After being shut out in the first three games of the series, defenceman Ben Derrough got the Flyers on the board with assists from Brad Watson and Mitch Fisher at 8:37 of the first period.

The power play marker ended a scoreless drought that lasted for over 188 minutes.

Justin Marlowe tied the score for Kincardine three minutes and 18 seconds later.

Goderich evened the score at 2-2 with the extra man 12:38 into the second period, when Derrough and fellow defenceman Morgan Benneweis fed Brody Tenpas.

Jordan Caskenette's power play marker at 5:53 had put the Bulldogs ahead.

The final nail for Goderich came from Kincardine's Logan Freiburger just over 12 minutes into the final period.

Game Four was a closely played affair, and Flyers head coach Chris Corbett relates that the Kincardine coaching staff told him that they had hoped for a more wide open style of game.

Corbett says 2017-18 was a learning year for the Flyers, and credits the organization for doing a job the Pollock Division's other six teams are starting to notice.

He tells Country 104.9 Sports that nearly all of the players are interested in returning next season.

In other PJHL Pollock Division playoff action Friday, Josh Higgins' power play goal was the game-winner, as Wingham downed Mitchell 4-2 -- the Ironmen swept the Hawks four games to none.

Walkerton has taken a three games to none lead on Hanover, in a 5-2 home-ice win.

In the PJHL Yeck Division Friday, the best-of-seven opener between the Exeter Hawks and Port Stanley Sailors at the South Huron Rec Centre was postponed, due to weather and road conditions.


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