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.

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