Patriots drop Hanover to remain unbeaten at home this season
MOUNT FOREST – The Mount Forest Patriots remained undefeated on home ice this Provincial Junior Hockey League season as they scored the final four goals of the game Friday night at the Mount Forest and District Sports Complex to drop the Hanover Barons 7-2.
The Patriots, who are in the midst of a five-game homestand, have 11 wins and a tie in 12 home games this season. They haven’t lost at home since a season-ending 3-2 setback in overtime to the Alliston Hornets March 29 in last season’s North Conference final.
Last regular-season loss at home was a 5-4 defeat to the Wingham Ironmen Dec. 29, 2018. They won four home games after that and now have a 16-game regular-season unbeaten streak on home ice.
One other team in the 62-team league is undefeated at home this season – the Lakeshore Canadiens who have won all 12 of their games at the Atlas Tube Centre in Belle River. Napanee is the lone team with an undefeated road record this season as the Raiders have won all 10 of their games away from the Napanee Strathcona Papper Centre.
Friday, the Patriots pulled away from Hanover with three goals in a span of just under three minutes in the second period. The hosts led 2-1 at the end of the first period and 6-2 after the second.
Michael Stefanelli rifled home a pair of goals for the Patriots while single markers were added by Parker Miller, Matthew Weiler, Ryley Cribbin and Hayden Coulter. Cribbin also had three assists while Coulter and Blair Butchart each had two and Jack Birkett, William Black and Riley Torrie each had one.
Tyson Lina and Dean Sealey scored a goal apiece for Hanover while Sealey and Zack Cameron each had an assist.
The Patriots outshot Hanover 35-33 and went 3-for-6 on their power play. They also scored a shorthanded goal and kept Hanover scoreless on five power plays.
Goaltender Mason Kameka had 31 saves to get the win for the Patriots while Jarod Fleming took the loss in the Hanover net with 13 saves. He was replaced by Brendon Landry at 15:15 of the second period after Mount Forest’s sixth goal. Landry went the rest of the way and had 15 saves.
The Patriots are second in the Pollock Division at 20-3-1-0. They’re a point behind the division-leading Wingham Ironmen (20-6-1-1) and have four games in hand. Hanover is fifth at 13-10-0-1.
The Patriots are to host the third-place Mitchell Hawks (16-8-0-2) twice in a week as they’re to play Saturday at 8 p.m. and next Friday at 8:30 p.m.
Patriots 7 Barons 2
Mount Forest 2-4-1–7
- Guelph Sports Journal