Hol­i­days pro­vide Fly­ers with lit­tle respite as they lose 4 straight

The Goderich Signal-Star - - CLASSIFIEDS - Richard Madge

The Goderich Orr In­sur­ance Fly­ers played four games over the Christ­mas and New Year’s in Pro­vin­cial Ju­nior Hockey League action and lost them all, two to the Wing­ham Iron­men and two to the Hanover Barons.

The Fl ye rs were de­feated 3-1 and 5-4 in over­time in games in Wing­ham on Fri­day, Dec. 30, 2016, and Fri­day, Jan. 6, 2017. They lost 3-2 in Hanover on Tues­day, Jan. 3, 2017, and 6-3 at the MRC Satur­day, Jan. 7.

One bright spot for the Fly­ers was the se­lec­tion of goal­tender Nathan Wat­son as the PJHL Miller In­sur­ance Goal­tender of the Month for De­cem­ber. Wat­son had a 2- 2- 1 record for the month with a save per­cent­age of .900.

In the first game with Wing­ham, de­fence man Mor­gan Ben­ni­wies cel­e­brated his re­turn from an in­jury with a first pe­riod goal for the Fly­ers, but that would be the only God erich goal of the game as the team failed to take ad­van­tage of sev­eral power play op­por­tu­ni­ties. Lo­gan Tolton, Josh Stewart and Bai­ley Boyes scored for the Iron­men. Stewart’s goal was a short handed ef­fort.

Both teams came into the game off big vic­to­ries, the Fly­ers hav­ing de­feated the sec­ond place Mitchell Hawks, andthe Iron­men hav­ing tri­umphed over the league-lead­ing Walk­er­ton Hawks, but the Iron­men pre­vailed in the bat­tle of the two bot­tom teams in the Pol­lock Di­vi­sion stand­ings. Fly­ers coach David Er­ring­ton had high praise for af­fil­i­ated player Tan­ner Stevenson who showed he can play at the ju­nior level.

The Fl ye rs sec­ond loss to the Iron­men was in a game the Fly er shad a golden chance towin. They led 4-1 half­way through the game on goals by Tyler Mc­Cracken, Ryan Stulp, his 20th of the sea­son, Ri­ley Con­nors, short­handed, and de­fence­man Trent Bell. At that point, the Iron­men pulled goa lie Alex Metzg er, re­plac­ing him with for­mer Flyer Pat Do who blanked the Fly­ers the rest of the way. Lo­gan To lt on and Bai­ley Boy es brought the Iron­men to with in one by the endof the sec­ond­pe­riod and Shane Vollmer scored the only goal of the third to force the over­time. Greg Scott got the win­ner for Wing­ham five min­utes into the ex­tra ses­sion.

In Hanover, the Fly­ers went into the game with a short bench due to in­juries and sus­pen­sions and play­ers be­ing away for Christ­mas.

For two pe­ri­ods, the game fea­tured a goal­tender’ s bat­tle be­tween the Fly­ers’ Branden Bean and Wing­ham’s Brae­den El­lis, which sent the game into the third pe­riod score­less. The Barons came out strong in the third with two goals in the first two min­utes and then added an­other to take a com­mand­ing 3-0 lead. Matt Shields got the first two Hanover goals and Jar­rett Kuntz added the third. Then the Fly­ers went to work with Ri­ley Con­nors scor­ing on a play with Noah Kuno and Drew McKee. They pulled to within one goal of the Barons when Tyler Stacey and Ryan Stulp cy­cled the puck down low un­til they found Tyler Mc­Cracken alone in front and got the puck to him. Mc­Cracken quick re­lease beat El­lis to make the score 3-2.

Stulp came with in inches of ty­ing the game with three min­utes re­main­ing when he rang a bul­let drive off the post and the Fly­ers con­tin­ued to buzz the Barons’ net un­til the horn ended the game with the Barons hold­ing on to their one goal lead.

The Fly­ers played the game with only two reg­u­lar de­fence men in their lineup. Trent Michie filled in ad­mirably on the blue­line along with two newly signed af­fil­i­ated play­ers, Justin Rodgers and Cole McKee.

The loss at home to Hanover had a lot to do with power plays and penalty killing. The Barons went 4-5on their power play op­por­tu­ni­ties while the Fly­ers went 0- 5. Baron’s goalie Brae­den El­lis had a big hand in that depart­ment turn­ing aside all the qual­ity chances the Fl ye rs were able to man­u­fac­ture. The Fly­ers out­shot the Barons 36-32 and ac­tu­ally led 3-2af­ter the first pe­riod, but the Barons scored two unan­swered pow­er­play goals in each of the sec­ond and third pe­ri­ods to win6-3.

Tyler Mc­Cracken, Trent Michie and de­fence­man Mor­gan Ben­ni­wies had the first pe­riod mark­ers for the Fly­ers. As­sists were cred­ited to Wy­att Carey, Brodie Ten­pas and Drew McKee.

Jar­rett Kuntz scored the two first pe­riod Baron coun­ters while Cole Les­ley got two power play goals in the sec­ond pe­riod and Jared Lies emer and Justin Gra­ham made good on power play op­por­tu­ni­ties in the fi­nal frame.

The four losses leave the Fly­ers in the PJHL cel­lar, a full 10 points be­hind the im­prov­ing sixth place Wing ham Iron men who de­feated the first place Walker ton Hawks again, 5-4, in over­time Satur­day.

The fourth place Barons are two points be­hind the third place Kin­car­dine Bull­dogs.

The Fly­ers will play at home again at the MRC Satur­day, Jan. 14, at 7:30 p.m ., ver­sus the sec­ond place Mitchell Hawks af­ter play­ing in Walker ton Fri­day against the first place Walk­er­ton Hawks.

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