Last-minute pair of goals lift Patriots to victory
WINGHAM – Two goals six seconds apart in the final 30 seconds of the third period gave the Mount Forest Patriots a 4-2 victory over the Wingham Ironmen Friday night in Provincial Junior Hockey League play at the North Huron Wescast Community Centre.
The Patriots had also scored in the final minute of the second period to grab a 2-1 lead and it stood until Wingham tied it at 17:25 of the third.
Mount Forest Patriots 4 Wingham 2
However, the tie didn’t last long as the Patriots regained their lead just over two minutes later on Christopher Prucha’s 11th of the season. It came with 27 seconds to play and then Hayden Coulter secured the win with 21 seconds to go with his second of the game.
Calan Tanzi-Foshay scored the other goal for Mount Forest while Prucha and Darcy Winkler each had two assists and Tanzi-Foshay had one.
Kyle Stanbury with his 15th of the season and David Kozak scored for Wingham. Single assists went to Austin Becker, Nate Bloemberg, Evan Visser and Dana Smith.
Mount Forest outshot Wingham 37-24 despite being outshot 12-6 in the first period. Joshua Peters had 22 saves to get the win in net for the Patriots while Devon Carson had 33 saves for Wingham.
Neither team had a power play in the game as all penalties were incidentals.
The Patriots leapfrog the Ironmen in the standings with the win. Mount Forest is third in the Pollock Division at 9-4-0-1 while Wingham is fourth at 9-6-0-0. Mitchell Hawks (11-2-1-0) and Hanover Barons (11-2-0-1) are tied for first.
The Patriots are to begin a four-game homestand Saturday when they’re to host Hanover at the Mount Forest and District Sports Complex. Game time is 8 p.m.
Seven of Mount Forest’s next eight games are to be played on home ice. That follows a stretch that saw the Patriots play eight of their last 10 games away from home and they won seven of those games.
- Guelph Sports Journal