Patriots’ rally comes up goal short in loss to Wingham
MOUNT FOREST – A third-period rally fell short as the Mount Forest Patriots were edged 5-4 by the Wingham Ironmen in Provincial Junior Hockey League play Saturday night at the Mount Forest and District Sports Complex.
The Ironmen scored the only two goals of the first period and extended their lead to 4-1 by the end of the second period. The Patriots closed the gap to a single goal with a pair of goals exactly two minutes apart in the middle stages of the third period. Wingham added an empty-netter with 1:16 to play, but the hosts got the gap back to a single goal with the game’s final goal with 42 seconds to go.
Wingham 5 Mount Forest Patriots 4
Benjamin Tenhag scored twice for Mount Forest and Caleb Cribbin and Jared Rowe added a goal apiece. Darcy Winkler set up two of the goals while single assists were awarded to Cribbin, Christopher Prucha, Hayden Coulter, Riley Torrie, Kirk Gibson and Jordan Leitch.
Evan Visser had a hat trick for Wingham while Tanner Reid and Dawson Fahrer also scored. Josh Pham and Trevor Klee had the only assists.
The Ironmen outshot the Patriots 21-7 in the first period on their way to a 47-37 advantage in a chippy game that saw a total of 16 power plays, 10 for the Patriots. Both teams recorded a power-play goal.
Michael Brassor had 42 saves in the Mount Forest net while Garrett Golley had 33 for Wingham.
The Patriots have a pair of road games on their schedule next weekend as they’re slated to play the Kincardine Bulldogs at the Davidson Centre Friday at 8:30 p.m. and the Ironmen at Wingham’s North Huron Wescast Community Centre Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
- Guelph Sports Journal