Patriots, Wingham to start Pollock semifinal Saturday

MOUNT FOREST – The Mount Forest Patriots are to tangle with the Wingham Ironmen in the Provincial Junior Hockey League Pollock Division semifinals.

While the Patriots had a bye in the quarter-finals, the Ironmen swept the Mitchell Hawks in four close games in their best-of-seven series. Wingham won 3-2 in overtime, 3-1 and 4-2 twice.

Mount Forest finished atop the division at 31-7-0-2 while Mitchell was fourth at 23-15-1-1 and Wingham fifth at 22-14-1-3.

The Patriots and Ironmen met six times during the regular season and Mount Forest won five of the games. The Patriots won 6-5 on Sept. 9, 4-0 on Oct. 6, 5-1 on Nov. 3, 6-5 in overtime on Dec. 15 and 2-0 on Jan. 26. Wingham won 4-1 on Jan. 6.

The series is to begin Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Mount Forest and District Sportsplex.

Other games of the series scheduled to be played in Mount Forest are the third on Feb. 20 at 8 p.m., fifth if it’s needed Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. and seventh if it’s required Feb. 28 at 8:15 p.m.

The Ironmen are to host Games 2, 4 and 6 (if it’s necessary) at the main arena in the Wescast Centre. Game 2 is slated for Sunday at 8 p.m., Game 4 Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Game 6 Feb 25. at 8 p.m.

Blai Butchart led the Patriots during the regular season with 23 goals and 56 assists while Klayton Hoelscher had 42 goals and 25 assists and Ryley Cribbin had 23 goals and 31 assists.

David Lobsinger had a 19-7-0-3 record in net with a 2.40 goals-against average and .924 save percentage. Aidan Quish was at 12-2-0-0 with a 2.80 goals-against average and .913 save percentage.

Jamie Huber led Wingham with 29 goals and 34 assists while Rhys Vollmer and Carter Collinson each had 13 goals and 27 assists and Kyle Stanbury had 20 goals and 17 assists.

Jamie Brock had a 12-6-1-2 record in net for the Ironmen and he also had a 3.43 goals-against average and .888 save percentage. Wyatt Nicholson finished at 4-4-0-0 with a 3.10 goals-against average and .886 save percentage.

Huber had three goals and an assist in the series win over Mitchell while Logan Tolton had three goals and one assist.

Nicholson was in net for all four wins and he recorded a 1.73 goals-against average and .936 save percentage.

  • Guelph Sports Journal