Patriots edged in OT, Walkerton stays alive in Pollock final
MOUNT FOREST – For the fifth time in the Provincial Junior Hockey League’s Pollock Division final, the Mount Forest Patriots and Walkerton Hawks needed overtime.
Walkerton extended the series to six games with a 4-3 win Wednesday night at the Mount Forest and District Sports Complex. Mount Forest leads the series 3-2 with all three of their wins being by 5-4 scores and both of Walkerton’s wins being by 4-3 scores.
An unassisted goal by Gary Mantz 4:08 into overtime gave Walkerton the win.
The Patriots had led 2-0 just over a minute into the second period, but two goals by former Guelph Hurricane Adel Zivojevic pulled Walkerton even before the period reached its halfway point.
Mount Forest shot ahead later in the period on a goal by Michael Stefanelli later in the period restored Mount Forest’s lead.
Walkerton netted the lone goal of the third period to force the OT.
Klayton Hoelscher, Troy Weber and Stefanelli had a goal apiece for the Patriots while assists were awarded to Stefanelli, Dylan Brown, Jack Birkett, Hayden Coulter, Blair Butchart and Derek Williams.
Zivojevic had two goals for Walkerton while Spencer Elder and Mantz also scored. Justin Donnelly, Josh Deyell and Zivojevic each had one assists.
Walkerton outshot the Patriots 37-33 and went 1-for-3 on its power play while Mount Forest was scoreless on six power plays.
David Lobsinger took the loss in net for the Patriots while Mathew Donnelly collected the win in net for Walkerton.
Sixth game of the series is set for Friday at the Walkerton Community Centre. Game time is 8:20 p.m.
If Walkerton wins that game, the seventh and deciding game of the series is to go Saturday at the Mount Forest and District Sports Complex starting at 8 p.m.
Hawks 4 Patriots 3 (OT)
1. Mount Forest, K.Hoelscher (Stefanelli, Brown) 4:07
Penalties: Maddock Walk (slashing), 10:08; Elder Walk (abuse of officials misconduct), 14:28.
2. Mount Forest, Weber (Birkett, Coulter) 1:05
3. Walkerton, Zivojevic (unassisted) 6:37 sh
4. Walkerton, Zivojevic (Donnelly, Deyell) 9:56
5. Mount Forest, Stefanelli (Butchart, Williams) 13:47
Penalty: Maddock Walk (interference), 6:19.
6. Walkerton, Elder (Zivojevic) 5:11 pp
Penalties: Turcotte Walk (coach bench minor), 0:21; Haffner MtF (tripping), 4:06; Philips MtF (high sticking), 8:40; Stefanelli MtF (tripping), 13:34; Stewart Walk (spearing double minor), 14:11.
7. Walkerton, Mantz (unassisted) 4:08
Shots on Goal
Mount Forest 13-11-8-1–33
Goalies: M.Donnelly (W, 33 shots-30 saves), Walkerton; Lobsinger (L, 37 shots-33 saves), Mount Forest.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Walkerton 1-3; Mount Forest 0-6.
- Guelph Sports Journal