Patriots rally to top Walkerton and tie for first

MOUNT FOREST – The Mount Forest Patriots moved into a tie for first place with the Walkerton Hawks in the Provincial Junior Hockey League’s Pollock Division with a 6-3 victory over the Hawks at the Mount Forest and District Sports Complex.

The Patriots rallied for the win as they trailed 3-2 at the end of the first period. Mount Forest tied it with the only goal of the second and they recorded the win thanks to three goals in the third.

Luke Hoelscher and Klayton Hoelscher each had two goals and two assists for the Patriots while single goals were added by Brendon Aitken and Blair Butchart. Ryley Cribbin and Butchart each had two assists while Shawn Lantz and Ryan Maksymyk had one apiece.

Kyle Somani, Matt Geifert and Spencer Elder scored once each for Walkerton while Geifert, Tor Pedersen, Quinton Maddock and Adel Zivojevic each had one assist.

Walkerton outshot the Patriots 42-38. Mount Forest went 4-for-12 on its power play while Walkerton was 1-for-4 on the power play.

David Lobsinger made 39 saves for the win in the Mount Forest net while Cody van der Heide made 32 saves in the loss for Walkerton.

The Patriots and Hawks are tied for first in the Pollock Division with 36 points apiece. The Patriots are at 18-4-0-0 and have three games in hand on Walkerton (17-6-1-1). The Kincardine Bulldogs are two points behind in third at 15-8-1-3, but the Patriots have five games in hand on the Bulldogs.

The Patriots are to host the Mitchell Hawks (12-11-1-1) Sunday at 2 p.m.


Patriots 6 Hawks 3
First Period
1. Mount Forest, L.Hoelscher (Butchart, K.Hoelscher), 2:39 pp
2. Walkerton, Somani (Geifert), 4:50
3. Walkerton, Geifert (Pedersen), 5:15
4. Mount Forest, Aitken (Lantz, Cribbin), 8:54 pp
5. Walkerton, Elder (Maddock, Zivojevic), 18:05 pp
Penalties: Stewart Walk (slashing), 1:37; Acheson MtF (abuse of officials misconduct), 4:10; Shaw Walk (roughing double minor), Stefanelli MtF (roughing), 7:19; Lavergne Walk (hooking), 12:14; Petrie Walk (roughing), Francis MtF (roughing), 14:40; Philips MtF (interference), 14:45; Philips MtF (cross checking), 17:56; Stefanelli MtF (attempt to injure match penalty), 19:47.
Second Period
6. Mount Forest, L.Hoelscher (Butchart, Maksymyk), 9:13 pp
Penalties: Donnelly Walk (unsportsmanlike conduct), Acheson MtF (unsportsmanlike conduct), 2:33; Welsh Walk (hooking), 4:16; Geifert Walk (roughing), 9:01; McGuire Walk (roughing), 9:20; Lavergne Walk (roughing), 14:13; L.Hoelscher MtF (hooking), 18:33; Donnelly Walk (cross checking), 18:50.
Third Period
7. Mount Forest, Butchart (K.Hoelscher, L.Hoelscher), 2:15 pp
8. Mount Forest, K.Hoelscher (L.Hoelscher, Cribbin), 14:57
9. Mount Forest, K.Hoelscher (unassisted), 18:05 en
Penalties: Welsh Walk (holding), 0:18; Donnelly Walk (leaving penalty bench), 0:45; Petrie Walk (head contact, head contact misconduct), 12:01; Elder Walk (inciting an opponent misconduct), Weber MtF (inciting an opponent misconduct), 17:52; Pedersen Walk (slashing), 19:51.
Shots on Goal
Walkerton          14-13-15–42
Mount Forest     15-11-12–38
Goalies: van der Heide (L, 37 shots-32 saves), Walkerton; Lobsinger (W, 42 shots-39 saves), Mount Forest.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Walkerton 1-4; Mount Forest 4-12.
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