Offences explode in local PJHL play

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A weekend of high-scoring blowouts has the Mount Forest Patriots (4-1-0-0) and Wingham Ironmen (6-0-0-0) out front of the pack in the local Provincial Junior Hockey League Pollock Division standings.

The Patriots scored often in an 8-2 win over the Goderich Flyers (0-6-0-0) Friday evening in Mount Forest. Jack Birkett, the league’s leading scorer, had a hat trick in the contest. Luke Eurig, Dawson Bolger, Williams Black, Chet Phillips and Hayden Coulter all potted for the Pats.

Jeff Fritzley and Parker Gibbings scored the Flyers’ goals.

On Saturday the Pats completed a 2-0 weekend homestand with a 6-2 win over the Kincardine Bulldogs (3-3-0-0). Eurig netted the hat trick while Troy Weber, Coulter and Matthew Weiler scored for the Pats. Jordan Caskenette scored both goals for the Bulldogs.

The Wingham Ironmen remained undefeated on the year with a 5-1 win over Hanover (3-2-0-1) Saturday, and 5-1 win over Walkerton (1-5-0-0) Sunday.

“Our team was essentially picked right before training camp even started, so we were lucky to get right into our stuff and things we want to work on. I think that helped us hit the ground running at the start of the season,” said Ironmen head coach Cory Hamilton.

After playing to a 1-1 draw in the first 20 minutes against Hanover the Ironmen scored four-straight in the second period propelling themselves to victory. Logan Tolton and Kyle Stanbury each netted a pair in the game while Carter Collinson lit the lamp for Wingham. Ethan Hebel scored the lone Barons’ goal.

On Sunday, Hayden Robinson led the way with a pair of markers for the Ironmen in Walkerton. Corey Restoule, Liam Melady and Jacob Bishop scored for Wingham as well. Trevor Fischer scored the lone Walkerton goal.

Ironmen goaltender Devon Carson has been stout in the net, and a big reason Wingham has only allowed seven goals to date. The six-foot-seven Flesherton native leads the division in wins, goals-against average (1.00) and save percentage (.965).

“If you can make it a habit to give up two-or-less goals a night you’re going to have success most nights,” said Hamilton.

The coach even puts some of his own money up if the club can keep the puck out of the net, a running joke with the team.

“They’re breaking me is the joke,” he said. “It seems to have kind of started to sink in. A lot of credit goes to our goaltending and also our defence, they’re limiting the opposition’s quality of scoring chances.”

Both the Hawks and Barons lost in a similar fashion to the Ironmen, but when the two teams met on Friday it was the Barons who came out on top with an 8-3 shellacking in Walkerton.

Zack Cameron and Mark Aljoe each scored a pair of goals for the Barons in the win. Tyler Hooker, Alex Paylor, Chris Ferri and Ryan Marriage added the rest. Kyle Durrer, Justin Donnelly and Jake Spitzig scored for Walkerton.

The Kincardine Bulldogs and Mitchell Hawks (3-1-0-1) both split contests over the weekend. The Bulldogs topped the Hawks 4-3 when the two teams met on Friday. Logan Freiburger, Bryce McFadden, Jacob Traynor, and Danny Skinner scored for the Bulldogs. Reid Ramseyer, Zach Dow and Bogdon scored for Mitchell.

The Mitchell Hawks rebounded Saturday with a 7-6 victory over the winless Goderich Flyers in Goderich. Bogdon led the way with a hat trick while Max Hall, Charlie Rankin, Jacob Rauser, and Jake Finlayson all scored for Mitchell. Eric Vander Eyk had a pair of goals for the Flyers while Jeff Fritzley, Colton Quipp, Avery Timmermans, Nolan Gagnier all netted tallies.

Next Saturday the stage is set for a monster early-season battle as the Mount Forest Patriots host the Wingham Ironmen in a rematch of the Pollock Division’s top two teams. The Ironmen took the first game in the season opener.

“They’re the team to beat until somebody knocks them off the throne,” Hamilton said.



Hanover 8 Walkerton 3

Mitchell 3 Kincardine 4

Goderich 2 Mount Forest 8


Mitchell 7 Goderich 6

Wingham 5 Hanover 1

Kincardine 2 Mount Forest 6


Wingham 5 Walkerton 1


Jack Birkett (MFP) 11

Jarret Bogdon (MIT) 10

Ryley Cribbon (MFP) 10

Zach Cameron (HAN) 8

Hayden Coulter (MFP) 8