Walkerton closes gap by edging Patriots in OT

MOUNT FOREST – Another game in the Provincial Junior Hockey League’s Pollock Division and another overtime.

Gary Mantz connected for an unassisted goal for the Walkerton Hawks to give them a 4-3 win over the Mount Forest Patriots Saturday night at the Mount Forest and District Sports Complex.

The Patriots lead the best-of-seven series 2-1 as they won the opening two games of the series by identical 5-4 scores, both in OT.

After a scoreless first period Saturday, Walkerton jumped ahead 2-1 by the end of the second period and the Hawks added another goal early in the third. However, the Patriots pulled even with a pair of goals 30 seconds apart with just less than nine minutes to go in regulation time.

Troy Weber, Blair Butchart and Michael Stefanelli had a goal apiece for Mount Forest while assists were awarded to Dylan Brown, Brady Becker, Ryley Cribbin, Klayton Hoelscher and Ryan Maksymyk.

Jeremy Davidson, Brendan Welsh, Ryan Shaw and Mantz had the goals for Walkerton. Assists went to Adel Zivojevic, Mantz and Brady Stewart.

The Patriots outshot the Hawks 56-48 including a 29-16 advantage after the second period. Mount Forest went 1-for-8 on its power play while Walkerton was scoreless on four power plays.

David Lobsinger made 44 saves for the Patriots, but was tagged with the loss. Mathew Donnelly made 53 saves in the win for Walkerton.

Fourth game of the series is set for Monday at the Walkerton Community Centre starting at 7:50 p.m. Game 5 is to go Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Mount Forest.


Hawks 4 Patriots 3 (OT)
First Period
No scoring.
Penalties: Stewart Walk (hooking), 6:25; McClement MtF (too many men bench minor), 8:11; Welsh Walk (slashing), 17:48; L.Hoelscher MtF (hooking), Birkett MtF (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:54.
Second Period
1. Mount Forest, Weber (Brown, Becker) 7:27
2. Walkerton, Davidson (Zivojevic) 9:44
3. Walkerton, Welsh (Mantz, Stewart) 18:09
Penalties: Butchart MtF (roughing), 17:55; Maddock Walk (interference), 18:49.
Third Period
4. Walkerton, Shaw (unassisted) 5:11 sh
5. Mount Forest, Butchart (Cribbin, K.Hoelscher) 10:45 pp
6. Mount Forest, Stefanelli (Maksymyk) 11:15
Penalties: Deyell Walk (unsportsmanlike conduct), 3:15; Welsh Walk (hooking), 9:25; Deyell Walk (interference), 19:26.
7. Walkerton, Mantz (unassisted) 12:24
Penalties: Mantz Walk (tripping), 5:52; Maddock Walk (head contact, head contact misconduct), 8:23; Becker MtF (head contact major, head contact game misconduct), Proulx Walk (coach leaving the bench game misconduct), 12:24.
Shots on Goal
Walkerton                 9-23-9-7–48
Mount Forest       13-14-17-12–56
Goalies: M.Donnelly (W, 56 shots-53 saves), Walkerton; Lobsinger (L, 48 shots-44 saves), Mount Forest.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Walkerton 0-4; Mount Forest 1-8.
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