Patriots rally to slip by Wingham

WINGHAM – Four goals in the third period lifted the Mount Forest Patriots to a 6-5 victory over the Wingham Ironmen in Provincial Junior Hockey League play Sunday at Wingham’s Wescast Complex.

Those goals allowed the Patriots to recover from a slow start that saw them trail 2-0 before the game was three minutes old.

Wingham led 3-1 at the end of the first period before Mount Forest scored the only goal of the second.

Scoring for the Patriots were Troy Weber, Jack Birkett, Dawson Bolger, Ryley Cribbin, Klayton Hoelscher and Bradley Powell while Lucas Fraulin had two assists and Hoelscher, Michael Stefanelli, Weber, Nathan Bolger, Jacob Miller, Thomas Coulter and Dawson Bolger had one apiece.

Shane Vollmer scored twice for Wingham and Carter Collinson, Jamie Huber and Jacob Bishop added single goals. Collinson assisted on two of the goals and Huber, Matt Tolton, Logan Tolton, Corey Restoule, Parker Gibbings and Rhys Vollmer each had one assist.

The Patriots outshot the Ironmen 27-22 and were scoreless on two power plays while Wingham went 1-for-4 on its power play.

David Lobsinger was the winning netminder for Mount Forest and Jamie Brock was tagged with the loss in the Wingham net.

The result leaves the Patriots and Ironmen separated by two points atop the Pollock Division standings. Wingham leads at 31-7-2-1 and Mount Forest is second at 31-9-1-0.

The lone game left in the division’s regular season is a match between the Patriots and Ironmen Thursday at the Mount Forest and District Sports Complex. Game time is 7:30 p.m. It’s a make-up game for the one that was postponed by poor weather Friday.

If Wingham wins the game, the Ironmen finish first and get a bye in the divisional quarter-finals while the Patriots will play the seventh-place Goderich Flyers (8-29-2-3) in a best-of-seven series.

If the Patriots win Thursday’s game, it’ll leave the season series between Wingham and Mount Forest tied 3-3 and the league will have to bring out its tie-breaking rules.

All the players who will finish in the top seven in the division’s scoring race should be in the game. They’re Huber (33 goals-41 assists), Collinson (16-48), Rhys Vollmer (22-38) and Shane Vollmer (23-36) of Wingham, Hoelscher (22-31) and Stefanelli (23-27) of Mount Forest and Kyle Stanbury (26-22) of Wingham.

Devon Carson (2.38 goals-against average) of the Ironmen and Mount Forest’s Lobsinger (2.49) are one-two in the goaltending race.

 

Patriots 6 Ironmen 5
Mount Forest     1-1-4–6
Wingham           3-0-2–5
First Period
1. Wingham, Collinson (Huber) 2:19 pp
2. Wingham, Huber (M.Tolton, L.Tolton) 2:32
3. Mount Forest, Weber (Hoelscher) 11:30
4. Wingham, Bishop (Restoule, Gibbings) 17:44
Penalties: Gibson Wing (warm up violation misconduct), 0:00; Fraulin MtF (boarding, boarding misconduct), 1:20.
Second Period
5. Mount Forest, Birkett (Stefanelli, Weber) 16:55
Penalties: Haffner MtF (holding), 13:21; Restoule Wing (roughing), 19:23.
Third Period
6. Mount Forest, D.Bolger (Fraulin, N.Bolger) 2:43
7. Mount Forest, Cribbin (unassisted) 4:38
8. Mount Forest, Hoelscher (J.Miller, Coulter) 8:30
9. Wingham, S.Vollmer (Collinson) 11:17
10. Mount Forest, Powell (Fraulin, D.Bolger) 15:51
11. Wingham, S.Vollmer (Collinson, R.Vollmer) 18:24
Penalties: Huber Wing (roughing), Brown MtF (holding), 5:54; Weber MtF (slashing), 10:03; Hoelscher MtF (tripping), 17:27; L.Tolton Wing (cross checking), 19:12.
Shots on Goal
Mount Forest     9-10-8–27
Wingham           10-6-6–22
Goalies: Lobsinger (W, 22 shots-20 saves), Mount Forest; Brock (L, 27 shots-21 saves), Wingham.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Mount Forest 0-2; Wingham 1-4.

 

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