Patriots, Wingham to start Pollock final Thursday

MOUNT FOREST – The Mount Forest Patriots and Wingham Ironmen are to start their Provincial Junior Hockey League Pollock Division final Thursday night at the Mount Forest and District Sports Complex.

The Patriots and Ironmen announced the schedule for their best-of-seven series Monday.

Game 2 is to go at Wingham’s North Huron Wescast Community Complex Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Game 3 is back in Mount Forest Sunday at 2:15 p.m.

Game 4 is to be played in Wingham March 13 at 8:30 p.m.

If the series goes its seven-game limit, Games 5, 6 and 7 will create a three-in-three for the Patriots and Ironmen. However, those games will be played only if they’re needed.

Game 5 is to be played at Mount Forest March 15 starting at 8 p.m. with Game 6 to go March 16 at Wingham beginning at 7 p.m. and Game 7 following March 17 at Mount Forest at 3:30 p.m.

The Patriots gained their berth in the division final with a 4-0 sweep of the Walkerton Hawks in the divisional semifinals while Wingham slipped by the Kincardine Bulldogs 4-1.

Mount Forest had a bye in the divisional quarter-finals while Wingham defeated the Goderich Flyers 4-1.

The Patriots and Ironmen finished the regular season with 65 points apiece. Mount Forest was at 32-9-1-0 and Wingham was at 31-8-2-1. The Patriots were awarded first by having more wins than Wingham.

The teams split their regular-season games with Mount Forest winning 4-2 at home Nov. 24, 6-5 at Wingham Jan. 27 and 6-5 at Mount Forest Feb. 2 while the Ironmen won 7-1 at Wingham Oct. 26, 3-1 at home Dec. 14 and 5-4 at Mount Forest Dec. 29.

The Patriots had three players with 40 or more points during the regular season. Klayton Hoelscher led with 56 (23 goals- 33 assists) while Michael Stefanelli had 52 (24-28) and Jack Birkett had 43 24-19). Mount Forest also had some help from some late-season acquisitions and returns as Ryley Cribbin had 19 points (6-13) in 11 games, Jacob Miller had 10 (5-5) in six games and Lucas Fraulin had nine (4-5) in five games. Cribbin had 10 points (6-4) in the sweep of Walkerton while Hoelscher had nine (6-3).

The Ironmen had six players with 40 or more points during the regular season led by Jamie Huber’s 77 (34-43). He was followed by Carter Collinson with 64 (16-48), Rhys Vollmer with 62 (22-40), Shane Vollmer with 61 (24-37), Kyle Stanbury with 50 (27-23) and Matt Tolton with 40 (17-23). Huber has 21 points (9-12) in 10 playoff games and Collinson has 18 (6-12).

David Lobsinger played all four games of the divisional semifinal in net for the Patriots. He had an 18-8-1 record in the regular season with a 2.58 goals-against average, .917 save percentage and three shutouts. Aidan Quish was at 14-1-0 with a 3.13 GAA, .900 save percentage and one shutout.

Jame Brock and Devon Carson split time in net during the regular season. Brock had a 16-3-1 record with 3.04 GAA and .898 save percentage while Carson was at 15-6-1 with 2.55 GAA, .905 save percentage and two shutouts. They’ve continued to share goaltending duties in the playoffs, although Carson is at 6-0-0 and Brock’s at 2-2-0.

Game time Thursday is 8 p.m.

 

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