Goderich Fly­ers Re­port

The Goderich Signal-Star - - Business & Professional -

It was only a week back when the Goderich Fly­ers named Doug Tim­mer­mans as their new gen­eral man­ager. He quickly found a new coach in the per­son of Paulie O’Byrne.

The Fly­ers won their first game un­der new lead­er­ship 6-5 over the Mitchell Hawks un­der the new regime, and a ray of hope dawned in Fly­er­land.

Los­ing their next three games and the ray of hope be­gan to fade like the sun along the west coast of Lake Huron in Novem­ber.

The Fly­ers re-ig­nited that hope on the sunny Sun­day De­cem­ber af­ter­noon last week­end when they up­ended the first place Wing­ham Iron­men, 4-3, be­fore an en­thu­si­as­tic crowd at the Mait­land Recre­ation Cen­tre. The teams went into the game with al­most iden­ti­cal mir­ror-im­age records. The first place Iron­men had 18 wins and four losses. The Fly­ers had five wins and 18 losses.

No mat­ter. The Fly­ers put in a gritty, de­ter­mined ef­fort, skat­ing stride-for stride with the Iron­men and never trailed in the fast-paced, close-check­ing game. Eric Van­der Eyk opened the scor­ing for the Fly­ers just 35 sec­onds into the game, fin­ish­ing off a two-on-one rush with Chase Meurs. Ten min­utes later, Meurs set up Cody Tre­ble to put the Fly­ers up by two. Be­fore the end of the pe­riod, Ryan Litt got one back for the Iron­men when he went in alone on Goderich goalie Kevin Linker.

The teams skated through a score­less sec­ond pe­riod un­til Kyle Stan­bury pulled the Iron­men even at 16:45, beat­ing Linker on a pow­er­play with just two sec­onds left in the Fly­ers’ Zach Hamel’s rough­ing penalty. Cody Tre­ble put the Fly­ers into a 3-2 lead mid­way through the third pe­riod, fin­ish­ing off a nice three-way passing play with his brother Chad and Ri­ley Con­ners. With just five min­utes re­main­ing in the game, Chase Meurs , with the Fly­ers on a power-play, took a short pass from his goalie, Linker, and skated the length of the ice to beat Wing­ham goal­tender Devon Carson and put the Fly­ers up 4-2.

With just un­der three min­utes left in the game, Wing­ham pulled Carson for an ex­tra at­tacker and Stan­bury scored from a scram­ble in front of the Goderich goal, mak­ing the score 4-3. Carson went back in with a face­off in the Wing­ham end, but came out again in the fi­nal minute of play. Goderich coach O’Byrne called a time­out with 23 sec­onds re­main­ing and the Fly­ers then held on for the win, their sixth of the sea­son.

Meurs, with his three point af­ter­noon, and Linker, who was a tower of strength in the Goderich goal, were in­stru­men­tal in the Fly­ers’ vic­tory. The Fly­ers lost the two other games they played on the week­end, but the win over the first place Iron­men had to be a big morale booster for the team. The two away losses, Fri­day and Satur­day, were 9-3 to the Car­ruthers Di­vi­sion Caledon Golden Hawks and 7-5 to the Mitchell Hawks. In Caledon, the Fly­ers were down 3-1 af­ter the first pe­riod, and 6-1 af­ter two. Eric Van­der Eck, Chase Meurs and Cody Tre­ble were the Goderich goal scor­ers. Ri­ley Con­ners, Matt Bean and Chad Tre­ble picked up as­sists.

Satur­day in Mitchell the Hawks gained re­venge for the 6-5 Flyer vic­tory over them the last time the two teams met.

The Hawks got unan­swered goals from Tyson Hall and Bryce Lee in the first pe­riod, but in the sec­ond and third pe­ri­ods, the scor­ing was even: 3-3 in the sec­ond and 2-2 in the third. The Fly­ers thought they had an­other goal in the sec­ond pe­riod, but ref­eree Matt Ster­ling ruled the Mitchell goal was dis­lodged be­fore the puck en­tered the net.

Chad Tre­ble, Eric Van­der Eck and Cody Tre­ble got the Goderich goals that did count, while Luke Van Pelt, Jake Fin­layson and Jar­rett Bog­den scored for Mitchell. Chase Meurs had an­other three-point night, get­ting two as­sists on the sec­ond pe­riod goals and scor­ing once in the third pe­riod. De­fence­man Avery Tim­mer­mans got the other third pe­riod goal for Goderich on a shot from the point. Ad­di­tional Goderich as­sists were cred­ited to Jeff Frit­z­ley, new player Kasey Har­ri­son, Cody Tre­ble and goalie Kevin Linker. Hall and Van Pelt each got their sec­ond goal of the game for Mitchell in that third pe­riod.

Next ac­tion for the Fly­ers will be at the MRC Satur­day night with the Walk­er­ton Hawks pro­vid­ing the op­po­si­tion with a 7:35pm puck-drop. The Fly­ers pay a re­turn visit to play the Iron­men in Wing­ham next Sun­day af­ter­noon.

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