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Monday, February 11, 2019

Goderich Flyers Hold Off Elimination Against Wingham

Wingham | by Peter Jackson  
Goderich flies to 6-4 win over Wingham, with Ironmen leading series 3-1.

Psychology works for the Goderich Flyers.

After frustrated head coach Paulie O'Byrne questioned his team's commitment to winning after a playoff loss to Wingham at the Maitland Rec Centre Saturday night, the Flyers responded with a 6-4 victory over the Ironmen at the Wescast Complex Sunday night to avoid being swept in the best-of-seven Provincial Junior Hockey League Pollock Division opening round best-of-seven series.

O'Byrne's inspirational speaking talent must have worked in the dressing room during the second intermission, as the Flyers scored four unanswered third period goals to erase a 4-2 deficit for the victory.

Goderich forward Trent Michie almost singlehandedly extended the series with two goals in the final minute of the period -- his game-winning goal at 19:17 came on a set-up from defenceman Brennan Long, while Goderich captain Riley Conners passed to Michie for the empty-net insurance marker with one second remaining on the clock.

Michie also scored at 7:07 of the second period with assists from Conners and defenceman Cameron Schram, to tie the game 2-2.

Forwards Matt Bean and Mitch Fisher helped Erik Vander Eyk get the Flyers on the scoreboard less than a minute earlier, after Wingham had built a 2-0 lead through one period of play on goals from Logan Tolton and Corey Restoule.

Jamie Huber and Jacob Bishop scored second period goals to restore the Ironmen lead, 4-2.

The third period comeback for Goderich started on the power play at 13:43, when forward Jeff Fritzley took the set-up from Michie and defenceman Braeden Duncan; defenceman Joshua Bakker hit Long for the Flyers' fourth goal with 3:56 left in the period.

Flyers' goaltenders Kevin Linker and Jarron Thompson combined to stop 29 Wingham shots, while the Flyers fired 26 shots at Wingham netminder Jamie Brock.

Wingham now leads the series three games to one.

The time and place for the next game in the series are to be announced, because of the postponement of Game Three Friday night, due to poor weather and driving conditions in the Wingham area.

Two other PJHL Pollock Division first round series continued Sunday afternoon.

Brandon Richardson and Jorden Reaman each scored twice, to lead Hanover to a 6-1 victory over Walkerton and cut the Hawks' lead in the best-of-seven to 3-2 -- Game Six goes at the Walkerton Community Centre, Wednesday night at 7:50pm.

Goaltender Ryan Govier made 44 saves in posting the shutout, as Mitchell blanked Kincardine 4-0 -- the best-of-seven is now tied at two games apiece, with Game Five set for the Mitchell Arena, Monday night at 8:25pm.

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