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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Flyers Down 3-0 to Ironmen

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  
Wingham scores five unanswered goals in 6-2 PJHL playoff win over Goderich

The Goderich Flyers are down to their last chance, in their first-round Provincial Junior Hockey League Pollock Division opening round playoff series against the Wingham Ironmen.

Wingham Saturday scored five unanswered goals to overcome a 2-1 deficit, and defeat Goderich 6-2, to take a three games to none lead in the best-of-seven set.

The loss at the Maitland Rec Centre has left Flyers' head coach Paulie O'Byrne frustrated and mystified as to how his team is unable to hold a lead.

Trailing 1-0 following a first-period power play goal by Wingham's Rhys Vollmer, Mitch Fisher set up Kody Langlois at 5:25 of the second frame.

Eric Vander Eyk put the Flyers ahead with the man advantage 52 seconds later, from Fisher and Matt Bean.

Matt Tolton, Carter Collinson and Jamie Huber put the Ironmen ahead 4-2 through 40 minutes of play, and Kyle Stanbury and Shane Vollmer finished the job for Wingham in the third period.

Collinson's marker came on the power play, and Huber scored while the Ironmen were short handed.

O'Byrne believes a large part of why the Flyers face elimination, is the level of commitment shown by many of his players.

He says the outcome of Saturday's game and the status of the series is especially frustrating, because he doesn't believe Wingham is performing the way they're capable of playing.

O'Byrne took special note of the Goderich defence, which he said was "putting out a red carpet" for the Ironmen forwards to shoot at will.

The fourth game of the best-of-seven goes at the Wescast Complex in Wingham, Sunday night at 7pm.

One other PJHL Pollock Division first round series Saturday saw Jorden Reaman score the game winning goal early in the second overtime period, to give Hanover a 4-3 win in Walkerton.

The victory keeps the Barons alive, and reduces the Hawks' best-of-seven lead to 3-1; Hanover hosts Walkerton in Game Five at the P and H Centre, Sunday at 2pm.

The Kincardine-Mitchell series resumes at Mitchell and District Arena Sunday at 4:10pm, with the Bulldogs leading the Hawks two games to one in the best-of-seven.

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