Patriots break early tie to thump Walkerton Hawks
MOUNT FOREST – A five-goal streak allowed the Mount Forest Patriots to break a tie early in the game and propelled them to an 8-2 thumping of the Walkerton Hawks in Provincial Junior Hockey League play Saturday night at the Mount Forest and District Sports Complex.
Hayden Coulter’s goal with 1:23 to go in the first period started the spree and put the Patriots ahead for good. Nathan Thibodeau’s goal for Walkerton at 1:15 of the third put an end to the streak and cut the gap to 6-2 at the time.
Mount Forest led 2-1 at the end of the first period and 5-1 after the second.
Coulter finished with a hat trick for the Patriots while Riley Torrie, Chet Philips, Ryley Cribbin, Jack Birkett and Blair Butchart each scored once. Troy Weber and Birkett each had four assists while Philips had three, Cribbin had two and Coulter, Butchart and Blair Jenkins had one apiece.
Darcy Scott and Thibodeau scored for Walkerton while assists went to Connor Prins, Justin Donnelly, Evan Visser and Jeremy Davidson.
The Patriots outshot the Hawks 36-27 and went 2-for-3 on their power play while Walkerton went 1-for-3.
Mason Kameka picked up the win in net for Mount Forest as he had 25 saves. Mathew Donnelly had 28 saves for Walkerton.
The Patriots are second in the Pollock Division at 18-3-1-0. Wingham Ironmen lead at 20-5-1-1, but have played five more games than Mount Forest. Walkerton is sixth at 3-20-1-1.
The game was the first of five consecutive home games for the Patriots who are to host the seventh-place Goderich Flyers (2-21-1-0) Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Mount Forest and District Sports Complex.
Other games in the homestand are against the Hanover Barons (Dec. 13) and Mitchell Hawks (Dec. 14 and 20).
Patriots 9 W Hawks 2
Mount Forest 2-3-3–8
- Guelph Sports Journal