Patriots win in OT, force Pollock semifinal to 7th game

MOUNT FOREST – The Mount Forest Patriots have battled back to send their Provincial Junior Hockey League Pollock Division semifinal to its seven-game limit.

Troy Oakley’s power-play goal at 17:42 of overtime lifted the Patriots to a 6-5 victory over the Mitchell Hawks in Game 6 Wednesday night at the Mount Forest

and District Sports Complex.

Mount Forest rallied with two goals in the final five minutes of regulation time to send the game into overtime.

Mitchell led 2-1 at the end of the first period and 3-2 after the second.

Mount Forest outshot the Hawks 53-52.

Six of the game’s 11 goals were power-play markers with Mitchell going 2-for-11 on its power play and Mount Forest going 4-for-14. The Patriots also had a shorthanded goal.

A total of 97 minutes in penalties including three 10-minute misconducts were issued during the game with 50 minutes and two of the misconducts going to Mount Forest. However, Mitchell was assessed three minor penalties in overtime, the only calls made in extra time, and the Hawks also had two players ejected from the match, one for a cross-checking major late in the first period and the other for a checking-from-behind penalty late in the third period.

Ryan Maksymyk’s goal for the Patriots with 42 seconds to go in regulation time with goaltender Mathieu Oullette on the bench in favour of another attacker forced the overtime.

Oakley scored twice for the Patriots while single goals were added by Jack Vautour, Dylan Brown, Spencer Holt and Maksymyk. Ryley Cribbin had a pair of assists while Oakley, Vautour, Shawn Lantz, Blair Butchart, Maksymyk and Ostop Mostowy had one apiece.

Jamie Shoemaker tallied twice for Mitchell while Derek Elliott, Blake Pickering and Jake Finlayson netted single goals. Nick Jung had two assists.

Oullette was the winning netminder while Wyatt Nicholson took the loss for Mitchell.

The Patriots have rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the series to tie it. The seventh and final game is to go Thursday night at Mitchell. Winner of the game advances to play the Walkerton Hawks in the division final. Walkerton swept its semifinal with the Hanover Barons in four straight games, the series-winning victory coming Feb. 24.

Walkerton had finished first in the division at 29-6-1 with Mitchell second at 24-11-1, Mount Forest third at 17-17-2 and Hanover fifth at 17-19-0.

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