Wingham Ironmen sweep Walkerton in first round of playoffs
BY DENNY SCOTT
The Wingham Ironmen swept the Walkerton Hawks in the first round of the North Pollock Division playoffs in the Provincial Junior Hockey League.
With a 4-3 overtime win on Feb. 12, the Ironmen dashed the playoff hopes of the Hawks and set the Wingham squad up for their next round opponent: the Kincardine Bulldogs.
Walkerton started out strong in the Feb. 12 match, scoring two consecutive goals before the Ironmen found the back of the net.
Walkerton’s Nathan Thibodeau drew first blood with a goal assisted by Evan Visser and Brayden Fischer. Graham Gateman followed with an unassisted marker for the Hawks.
Wingham’s Corey Restoule responded with two markers before the end of the first period. First, Restoule earned a power-play goal assisted by Justin Donnelly and Kyle Stanbury, then an even-strength goal assisted by Hayden Robinson and Tanner Reid.
Early in the second, Walkerton’s Owen Torrie scored a power-play marker to put the Hawks ahead. The goal was assisted by Kyle Durrer and Austin VanWyck.
Kyle Stanbury tied things up for the Ironmen with a goal assisted by Jett Tokiwa.
Neither team found the net in the third, resulting in the game going to overtime where, just over 10 minutes into the extra period, Wingham’s Reid scored to win the game and the series, assisted by Donnelly and Stanbury.
Devon Carson earned the win in net for the Ironmen, saving 28 of 31 shots while Josh Silverman was in net for the Hawks, saving 37 of 41 shots.
Both teams were assessed three penalties each totalling six minutes.
The Ironmen’s series against the Bulldogs is set to start tomorrow, Feb. 21, with a game in Wingham at 8 p.m. The game starts a series of three matches in three days for the squads as Feb. 22, the Bulldogs host the Ironmen with a puck drop at 7:30 p.m. and on Feb. 23, the Ironmen host at 3 p.m. at the North Huron Wescast Community Complex.
Game four is set for Wednesday Feb. 26 in Kincardine, while games five, six and seven (if necessary) are set for Feb. 28 (Wingham), Feb. 29 (Kincardine) and March 1 (Wingham).
For more information visit the Ironmen’s website at ohaironmen.pointstreaksites.com.
The Goderich Flyers have been eliminated from the North Pollock Division playoffs in the Provincial Junior Hockey League after being downed by the Kincardine Bulldogs in five games.
There was no love lost between the teams as the Bulldogs eliminated the Flyers with a 5-2 win on Feb. 14.
The Bulldogs started out strong with Jerrid Fossold scoring less than 30 seconds into the game, assisted by Logan Freiburger. Geoffry VandenBoorn followed suit with a goal just over two and a half minutes later, assisted by Tyler Sutter and Brady Stewart.
The Flyers’ Kaden Hoggarth then scored two power-play markers before the end of the first. The first marker was assisted by Mitch Fisher while Jack Stecho earned the assist on the second. Kincardine would go on to score three unanswered goals to earn the win.
In the second period, Freiburger earned a power-play marker assisted by Mike Fiegehen and Logan Swanton. Fiegehen then scored, assisted by Swanton and Fossold.
Bryce McFadden earned the lone marker of the third period, assisted by Cameron Hoskins and Stewart.
Goderich served five penalties totalling 13 minutes while Kincardine was assessed 24 minutes over eight infractions.
Logan Vermunt was in goal for the Flyers, stopping 40 of 45 shots, while Jamie Brock earned the win for the Bulldogs, stopping 29 of 31 shots.
On Feb 11, the Bulldogs edged out the Flyers 4-3.
Kincardine’s Fiegehen earned the only goal of the first period, assisted by Freiburger and Carson English.
The Flyers then owned the second period, scoring three goals by way of two power-play opportunities and a penalty shot.
Hoggarth earned the first power-play marker, assisted by Stecho and Avery Timmermans. Jeff Fritzley earned the second, assisted by Chad Treble and Matt Bean.
Treble then scored on a penalty shot with just over four minutes left in the period, putting the Flyers up 3-1.
The lead wasn’t built to last, however, as Fiegehen completed his hat-trick for the game with two power-play markers in the first two minutes of the third period. The first marker was assisted by Swanton while Bryce McFadden earned the assist on the second.
Fossold then earned the game-winning goal, assisted by Jeremy Davidson and Brett Burrows.
Kincardine served 19 penalty minutes on nine infractions while Goderich served four infractions totalling eight minutes.
Sean Andrus earned the win in net for the Bulldogs, stopping 37 of 40 shots while Spencer Lazarevich was in net for Goderich, stopping 28 of 32 shots.