Patriots dump Walkerton to close in on series sweep
MOUNT FOREST – The Mount Forest Patriots are a win away from sweeping their way into the Provincial Junior Hockey League’s Pollock Division final.
The Patriots scored twice in the first six minutes of the game Saturday night on their way to a 7-1 victory over the Walkerton Hawks at the Mount Forest and District Sports Complex. The win gives the Patriots a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven divisional semifinal.
Mount Forest led 3-0 at the end of the first period and scored the only goal of the second. The Patriots added two more goals in the first two minutes of the third to cement the win.
Brendan Welsh scored a power-play goal for Walkerton to ruin David Lobsinger’s bid for a shutout in the Mount Forest net with 3:24 to go in the game. Ryan Shaw and Thomas Brown assisted on that goal.
Klayton Hoelscher had a pair of goals for the Patriots while singletons were netted by Jack Francis, Troy Weber, Ryley Cribbin, Owen Rahn and Michael Stefanelli. Dylan Brown, Hoelscher, Jack Birkett, Jacob Miller and Brady Becker each had two assists while Cribbin, Parker Miller, Francis and Weber had one apiece.
The Patriots outshot Walkerton 49-39 and both teams had a power-play goal – Mount Forest on five power plays and Walkerton on six.
Fourth game of the series is scheduled for Sunday at 7:20 p.m. at the Walkerton Community Centre. If Walkerton wins that game, Game 5 is to go in Mount Forest Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.
Patriots 7 Hawks 1
Mount Forest 3-1-3–7
1. Mount Forest, Hoelscher (Brown, Cribbin), 2:11
2. Mount Forest, Francis (Hoelscher, Brown), 5:39
3. Mount Forest, Weber (Birkett, P.Miller), 16:29
Penalties: Stewart Walk (cross checking major, cross checking game misconduct), 10:15; J.Donnelly Walk (unsportsmanlike conduct), Philips MtF (unsportsmanlike conduct), Stefanelli MtF (unsportsmanlike conduct), 12:29.
4. Mount Forest, Cribbin (J.Miller, Hoelscher), 16:40
Penalties: Elder Walk (head contact, head contact misconduct), 3:03; Francis MtF (holding), 5:57; N.Bolger MtF (interference), 11:16; Brown MtF (slashing), 12:05.
5. Mount Forest, Rahn (Francis, Becker), 1:05
6. Mount Forest, Stefanelli (Birkett, Weber), 1:44
7. Mount Forest, Hoelscher (J.Miller, Becker), 15:28 pp
8. Walkerton, Welsh (Shaw, Brown), 16:36 pp
Penalties: Walker Walk (roughing), Haffner MtF (checking from behind major, checking from behind game misconduct), 4:33; McCrae Walk (abuse of officials misconduct), Hoelscher MtF (hooking), 7:47; Coulter MtF (tripping), 10:25; Akiwenzie Walk (cross checking), 13:51; Walker Walk (cross checking), 14:09; Philips MtF (interference), 15:54; Torrie Walk (inciting an opponent misconduct), Francis MtF (inciting an opponent misconduct), 17:22.
Shots on Goal
Mount Forest 16-13-20–49
Goalies: M.Donnelly (L, 49 shots-42 saves), Walkerton; Lobsinger (W, 39 shots-38 saves), Mount Forest.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Walkerton 1-6; Mount Forest 1-5.
Guelph Sports Journal