Korean Veteran drops puck at Junior hockey game
The Goderich Orr Insurance Flyers of the Provincial Junior Hockey League have awell-run, communityminded organization behind them.
Game nights are well-produced with slick player introductions, music and sound effects, a live anthem singer, chuck-a-puck and 50/50 promotions, a Flyer “swag” table and free line- up sheets for each game.
The Flyers are involved in the community, as evidenced by their Remembrance Day observance last Friday, with a Branch 109 Royal Canadian Legion colour party in attendance and the on-ice honouring of Korean War veteran Gerry Bell.
Theyworkwithcommunity events, involved, for example, with the annual Don Johnson slo-pitch tournament, and the West Coast Blues group.
On November 25, they will be having a pyjama toss in support of the Christmas Bureau.
The hockey team, itself, started the season with some early victories and played well against the top teams in the league.
They had a new, young, enthusiastic coach in the person of Chris Corbett and were billed as a young, but fast and exciting team.
However, after 18 games, almost half of their 40 game schedule, the Flyers have a record of only three wins and single points from two overtime losses; they sit tied with the Hanover Barons in last place in the seven team Pollock division.
Far from throwing in the towel, though, the whole organization is hoping to better their on-ice product in the second half of the season.
If the Flyers needed any incentive to do that, absorbing their eighth and ninth consecutive losses, 7-3 to Mitchell and 11-2 to theWalkerton Hawks, last weekend should provide it.
Friday, at home to the fourth place Michell Hawks, the Flyers had numerous defensive lapses and trailed 3-0 after one period before a powerplay goal by Matt Bean, assisted by Trent Buchanan and Noah Nurse, and a goal by the allrookie line of the Treble twins and ChaseMeurs (Chad fromCody and Chase) seemed to put them back in the game.
The Hawks’ Jarret Bogden took care of that, scoring twice within eight seconds to restore a three goal lead for his team. On the night, Bogden had an amazing total of five goals. Blake Pickering and Jamie Shoemaker scored the otherMitchell goals.
TheFlyers’ third goal came in the third period, again with Chad Treble pulling the trigger on a playwith brother Cody and ChaseMeurs.
Saturday, in Walkerton, those Hawks scored three unanswered goals in the first period, outscored the Flyers 7- 1 in the second, and matched the one Flyer goal in the third.
Braeden Duncan got the first Flyer goal, assisted byMitch Fisher, who scored the second one himself on a third period powerplay.
Morgan Benniwies and Duncan assisted on that one.
Spencer Elder, Joe Shaw and BrendanWelsh each had two goals to lead theHawk scoring.
Walkerton outshot the Flyer, s 32- 18, in the game. Brandon Bean and affiliated player Jacob Abbott shared the goaltending duties for the Flyers.
The Flyers head up Highway 21 Friday night to take on the Kincardine Bulldogs and then they come home to the MRC for a 2: 20 pm Sunday afternoon game withWalkerton.
Official puck dropped by Veteran, Gerald Bell.
On Friday’s game, November 10, the Legion came to honour Remembrance Day with an official puck drop. (L-R): Linda Lumley, Legion Bingo Chairwoman, Gerald Bell, KoreanWar Veteran and life member of the Legion, and Bill McEachern, member of the Legion and Veteran.