Patriots edged by Wingham in battle for division lead
MOUNT FOREST – The Mount Forest Patriots yielded a pair of goals in the first four minutes of the third period as they fell 5-4 to the Wingham Ironmen in the battle for first place in the Provincial Junior Hockey League’s Pollock Division Saturday night at the Mount Forest and District Sports Complex.
The Patriots never led in the game, but they managed to cut a three-goal deficit down to the final single-goal margin with two goals 29 seconds apart late in the third period.
Wingham scored the only goal of the first period and led 3-2 after the second.
Jack Birkett, Klayton Hoelscher, Jack Francis and Ryley Cribbin hit for a goal apiece for Mount Forest while Thomas Haffner assisted on all four goals. Getting one assist each were Michael Stefanelli, Troy Weber, Dylan Brown and Klayton Hoelscher.
Jamie Huber scored the two third-period goals for Wingham while Shane Vollmer, Parker Gibbings and Rhys Vollmer scored earlier in the game. Single assists were awarded to Rhys Vollmer, Josiah Kraayenbrink, Connor Prins, Huber, Matt Tolton, Logan Tolton, Carter Collinson and Kyle Langlois.
The Patriots outshot the Ironmen 34-30 and went 2-for-5 on their power play while Wingham went 1-for-4.
Jamie Brock had 30 saves for the win in the Wingham net while David Lobsinger was tagged with the loss in the Mount Forest net. He had 25 saves.
Wingham leads the Pollock Division at 24-6-1-1 and have a game in hand over the runner-up Patriots (23-9-1-0).
The teams are to meet two more times this season – Jan. 25 at Mount Forest and Jan. 27 at Wingham to complete the regular season.
The Patriots are to play the Mitchell Hawks (11-18-1-2) Friday at 8:30 p.m. at the Mitchell arena in their first of three consecutive road games.
Ironmen 5 Patriots 4
Mount Forest 0-2-2–4
1. Wingham, S.Vollmer (R.Vollmer) 18:19
2. Mount Forest, Birkett (Haffner, Stefanelli) 4:02 pp
3. Wingham, Gibbings (Kraayenbrink, Prins) 6:24
4. Wingham, R.Vollmer (Huber) 15:29 pp
5. Mount Forest, Hoelscher (Haffner, Weber) 17:01
Penalties: Gibson Wing (head contact, head contact misconduct), 3:56; Kraayenbrink Wing (hooking), 12:48; Weber MtF (slashing), 15:00; Prins Wing (cross checking), 18:01.
6. Wingham, Huber (M.Tolton, L.Tolton) 0:28
7. Wingham, Huber (Collinson, Langlois) 3:40
8. Mount Forest, Francis (Haffner, Brown) 16:37
9. Mount Forest, Cribbin (Haffner, Hoelscher) 17:06 pp ea
Penalties: Hoelscher MtF (spearing double minor), 3:40; Francis MtF (holding), 7:35; Langlois Wing (interference), 9:17; Gibson Wing (slashing), 16:37.
Shots on Goal
Mount Forest 11-14-9–34
Goalies: Brock (W, 34 shots-30 saves), Mount Forest; Lobsinger (L, 30 shots-25 saves), Mount Forest.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Wingham 1-4; Mount Forest 2-5.
- Guelph Sports Journal