Wingham Ironmen stay atop the league as season winds down
BY DENNY SCOTT
With just over a week left in the season, the Wingham Ironmen have increased their lead in the Provincial Junior Hockey League’s North Pollock Division to three points over the Mount Forest Patriots.
On Sunday, the Ironmen fell 3-2 in overtime to the Kincardine Bulldogs, with the Ironmen outshooting Kincardine 31-24.
The Ironmen dominated the first two periods, but the third was all Kincardine, leading to the extra period.
Wingham’s Rhys Vollmer opened scoring in the first, assisted by Kyle Stanbury and Evan Kuhl.
Justin Donnelly scored a power-play marker in the second period assisted by Vollmer and Carter Collinson.
Kincardine’s Brett Burrows scored a power-play marker in the third assisted by Bryce McFadden. Jack Fair tied the game with an unassisted marker for the Bulldogs.
Logan Swanton put the Bulldogs over the top with a goal assisted by Brady Stewart.
Sean Andrus earned the win in net for the Bulldogs, stopping 29 of 31 shots, while Devon Carson was in net for the Ironmen, saving 21 of 24 shots.
The affair was a highly-penalized match with Wingham serving 43 minutes on 14 infractions and Kincardine being assessed 31 minutes on 11 infractions.
On Friday night, first-place Wingham welcomed the Patriots, posting a 3-2 overtime win.
Despite the fact that the Patriots outshot the Ironmen 38-33, Wingham came away with the win thanks to an early overtime goal.
Stanbury scored the first and only goal of the first period, assisted by Vollmer and Corey Restoule.
Donnelly scored a power-play marker in the second period assisted by Stanbury and Vollmer. Mount Forest’s Michael Stefanelli cut Wingham’s lead in half with a goal assisted by Jack Birkett.
With a power-play goal, Hayden Coulter of Mount Forest was able to tie the game with less than two minutes remaining in the third period. Coulter’s goal was assisted by Michael Stefanelli.
Chase Meurs gave Wingham the win with a goal 37 seconds into overtime assisted by Donnelly and Logan Tolton.
Gleb Poliakov was in net for the Patriots, stopping 30 of 33 shots while Carson got the win for the Ironmen, stopping 36 of 38 shots.
Mount Forest served five penalties totalling 10 minutes while Wingham was assessed 34 minutes on 10 infractions.
This weekend will be a busy one for the Ironmen, who play Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
On Friday night, the Ironmen will welcome the Goderich Flyers. When the two squads met last in mid-December, the Flyers captured a 5-2 win. The puck-drop is set for 8 p.m.
Saturday will see the Ironmen travel to Mitchell for the first of two games in a home-and-away series against the Hawks.
On Sunday, Mitchell will travel to Wingham for a 7 p.m. game.
The Goderich Flyers were set to take on the Hanover Barons on Jan. 18, however the game was cancelled due to weather.
The two squads will meet in Goderich on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 8:30 p.m. Goderich will then travel to Mount Forest on Jan. 26 for a 2 p.m. game. before hosting the Patriots on Jan. 28 at 8:30 p.m.