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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Flyers Shock Ironmen

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  
Cody Treble leads Goderich with two goals in a 4-3 win over division-leading Wingham in PJHL play

A hockey team can be excused if there's not much fuel left in the tank, in the final day of a back-to-back three-day weekend.

But -- don't try telling the Goderich Flyers that, after they upset the Pollock Division-leading Wingham Ironmen 4-3 in Provincial Junior Hockey League play at the Maitland Rec Centre Sunday.

Forward Eric Vander Eyk got things rolling for the Flyers with a goal at 1:41 of the first period, assisted by Chase Meurs and defenceman Cameron Schram.

Meurs fed Cody Treble for Goderich's second marker, to go ahead 2-0 with 9:25 left in the opening frame.

Wingham tied the game 2-2 on the power play late in the second period, while Flyers' defenceman Zack Hammel was sitting out a roughing penalty.

Cody Treble struck for his second goal mid-way through the third frame on a set-up by Chad Treble and Riley Conners, then goaltender Kevin Linker fired a stretch pass to Meurs for the game-winner with the extra man with 4:35 remaining.

Kyle Stanbury led the Ironmen with two goals, while Ryan Litt picked up one.

Linker made 37 saves for the win, in which the Flyers were outshot 40 to 30.

The victory followed a 9-3 loss at Caledon Friday and a 7-5 loss at Mitchell Saturday.

Seventh-place Goderich is now two points back of Hanover and three behind Walkerton, with a 6-18-0-2 record and 14 points through 26 games.

The Barons have three games in hand on Goderich, while the Hawks have one.

Flyers head coach Paulie O'Byrne says he's proud of how his club played against Wingham, in a game that followed a lengthy team meeting.

He's looking forward to this week, when he has a chance to lead practices after coaching through five games with time for only one practice session.

O'Byrne says he'll be working with the team on tightening up the defence, and believes that special teams are performing well.

The Flyers host Walkerton at MRC on Saturday at 7:35pm.


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