Walkerton leaves Patriots behind in third period
MOUNT FOREST – The Walkerton Hawks scored five times in the third period to force their Provincial Junior Hockey League Pollock Division final to it seven-game limit with a 6-0 win over the Mount Forest Patriots Friday night at the Mount Forest and District Sports Complex.
The seventh game is set for Saturday night at Walkerton.
Ryan Winter stopped 27 shots for the shutout for Walkerton. Mathieu Oullette faced 39 shots in the Mount Forest net. Walkerton outshot Mount Forest 16-5 in the third period.
The game was scoreless until Jordan Caskenette scored for Walkerton at 2:16 of the second period, the only goal of the period.
Caskenette added two more goals in the third period to finish with a hat trick. One of his goals was one of the two shorthanded markers the Hawks scored in the period. Walkerton also had two power-play goals in the period as they went 2-for-5 on the power play and held Mount Forest scoreless on six power plays.
Brendan Welsh, Connor Patton and Max Barclay scored the other goals for Walkerton. Josh Deyell had three assists and Lauchlin Elder had two.
Walkerton had finished the regular season in first place in the division at 29-6-1 while the Patriots were third at 17-17-2.
The Hawks had a bye in the first round of the playoffs and swept the Hanover Barons in four games in the divisional semifinals. Mount Forest swept the Wingham Ironmen 4-0 in the Pollock quarter-finals and won the final three games to win their divisional semifinal 4-3 over the Mitchell Hawks.
Game time Saturday at the Walkerton Community Centre is 8:30 p.m.
The winner will play the Alliston Hornets in the best-of-seven North Conference final after Alliston completed a four-game sweep of the Stayner Siskins with a 6-5 win at home Tuesday.
Alliston had finished second in the Carruthers Division at 36-5-1 before beating the Schomberg Cougars 4-1 in the divisional quarter-finals and Penetang Kings 4-1 in the divisional semifinals.
Participants in the league’s West Conference final could also be decided Saturday night when the Dorchester Dolphins play the Aylmer Spitfires at Aylmer’s East Elgin Community Centre. Dorchester leads the series 3-2. If a seventh game is needed, it’s set for Sunday at 8 p.m. at Dorchester. Winner will play the Essex 73’s in the West final.
The East and South conference finals are already set.
The Port Hope Panthers and Lakefield Chiefs are to play in the East final while the Ayr Centennials and Grimsby Peach Kings are to meet in the South final that is to start Thursday at Ayr.
Ayr won the provincial junior C Schmalz Cup title last year while Port Hope, Essex and Alliston also reached the provincial semifinals last year.
This year all the OHA junior C leagues were joined to create the PJHL. Its conference finals are the provincial semifinals.
Hawks 6 Patriots 0
Penalties: Winter Walk (warm up violation misconduct), 0:00; Deyell Walk (roughing), 20:00.
1. Walkerton, Caskenette (L.Elder, Deyell) 2:16
Penalties: Mostowy MtF (slashing), 12:30; McCrae Walk (tripping), 13:46; Betts MtF (interference), 16:57; Stonelake Walk (interference), 19:26.
2. Walkerton, Caskenette (unassisted) 4:04
3. Walkerton, Welsh (Deyell, L.Elder) 7:25 pp
4. Walkerton, Caskenette (Patton) 10:16 sh
5. Walkerton, Patton (Jenkins, Deyell) 13:14 pp
6. Walkerton, Barclay (unassisted) 17:03 sh
Penalties: Butchart MtF (slashing), 6:25; Boley Walk (holding stick), 7:52; Welsh Walk (interference), 8:50; Hunter MtF (tripping), 12:09; McCrae Walk (cross checking), Lantz MtF (slashing), 12:27; Francis MtF (slashing), 12:46; Turcotte Walk (bench minor), 16:03; McCrae Walk (roughing), Oakley MtF (roughing), 17:26.
Shots on Goal
Mount Forest 9-13-5–27
Goalies: Oullette (L, 39 shots-33 saves), Reiner (17:03 of third, 0 shots), Mount Forest; Winter (W, 27 shots-27 saves), Walkerton.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Walkerton 2-5; Mount Forest 0-6.
Referees: Elbers, Perrault; Linesmen: Gillespie, Ing.
- Guelph Sports Journal