Patriots in commanding lead in divisional quarter-final

MOUNT FOREST — The Mount Forest Patriots grabbed a stranglehold lead in their best-of-seven Provincial Junior Hockey League playoff series with the Wingham Ironmen by posting a 6-5 victory in overtime Wednesday night at the Mount Forest and District Sports Complex.

The Patriots have won all three games played in the best-of-seven Pollock Division quarter-final series.

Blair Butchart’s power-play goal at 16:11 of the extra period gave Mount Forest the win. It came just over a minute after Wingham’s Ethan Long had been unsuccessful on a penalty shot.

It was the second penalty shot of the game as Mount Forest’s Ryan Maksymyk didn’t score on his in the second period.

Wingham led 3-2 at the end of the first period and the teams were knotted 4-4 at the end of the second. Mount Forest scored early in the third to go ahead before Wingham responded three minutes later with the goal that forced the overtime.

Troy Oakley, Brendon Aitken, Jack Vautour, Spencer Holt, Ostop Mostowy and Butchart had a goal apiece for Mount Forest while Vautour, Ryley Cribbin, Holt and Oakley each had two assists. Single assists were awarded to Mitch Betts, Butchart and Aitken.

Tomas Azzano, Greg Scott, Shane Vollmer, Carter Collinson and Josh Stewart responded with single goals for Wijngham. Collinson, Vollmer, Owen Routheut and Scott collected two assists apiece while Stewart and Ethan Long each had one.

The Patriots outshot Wingham 53-38 and went 3-for-7 on the power play while the Ironmen went 1-for-5. The teams combined for 25 shots in the overtime, more than any other period in the game.

Mathieu Oullette picked up the win in net for Mount Forest while Alex Metzger took the loss for Wingham.

Fourth game of the series is set for Friday at Wingham at 8 p.m.

In the other Pollock quarter-finals, the Mitchell Hawks and Goderich Flyers are tied 1-1 and the Hanover Barons lead the Kincardine Bulldogs 2-1. The Walkerton Hawks have a bye for finishing first in the seven-team division.

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