Again Patriots nipped in OT by Mitchell
MITCHELL – The Mount Forest Patriots ran into a hot goaltender as they were edged 2-1 in overtime by the Mitchell Hawks in Provincial Junior Hockey League play Sunday at the Mitchell arena.
Mitchell’s Curtis Laviolette stopped 55 shots for the win while David Lobsinger of the Patriots faced 22 shots in the match.
The teams were tied 1-1 at the end of the first period before they battled scoreless through the remainder of regulation time.
Blake Pickering scored the winner for the hosts at 1:32 of overtime. Reid Ramseyer and Dylan Nafziger assisted on the goal.
Dawson Bolger had opened the scoring for the Patriots midway through the first period with help from Jack Francis and Blake Lewis.
Mitchell pulled even on Jarett Bogdon’s goal seven and a half minutes later. Ryan Overton was awarded an assist.
Mount Forest was held scoreless on six power plays while Mitchell didn’t score on its four power plays.
The result left the Pollock Division-leading Patriots at 28-7-0-2 and Mitchell fourth at 22-14-1-1.
Mitchell had also edged Mount Forest 5-4 in overtime Dec. 30 at Mount Forest.
The Patriots are to close out their regular season with a three-in-three on the weekend. They’re to play the fifth-place Wingham Ironmen (21-13-1-3) at Wingham Friday at 7:30 p.m., host the seventh-place Hanover Barons (6-28-0-4) Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Mount Forest and District Sports Complex and play the second-place Walkerton Hawks (25-10-1-1) at Walkerton Sunday at 4:50 p.m. in a game postponed Dec. 10.
A single point in any of those games will clinch first for the defending division champion Patriots who have three wins and two overtime losses in their last seven outings.
Hawks 2 Patriots 1 (OT)
1. Mount Forest, D.Bolger (Francis, Lewis), 10:06
2. Mitchell, Bogdon (Overton), 17:46
Penalties: Chaffe Mitch (Slashing), 1:48; Lantz MtF (Cross Checking), 6:51; Philips MtF (Interference), 13:51; Jung Mitch (Holding), 14:32; Bogdon Mitch (Slashing), 18:50.
Penalties: Hawkins Mitch (Roughing), 1:47; Overton Mitch (Spearing Double Minor), 8:10; D.Bolger MtF (Interference), 13:13; Butchart MtF (Slashing), 20:00.
3. Mitchell, Pickering (Ramseyer, Nafziger), 1:32
Shots on Goal
Mount Forest 18-22-15-1–56
Goalies: Lobsinger (OL, 22 shots-20 saves), Mount Forest; Laviolette (W, 56 shots-55 saves), Mitchell.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Mount Forest 0-6; Mitchell 0-4.
- Guelph Sports Journal