Wingham Ironmen win two, move up to third place
BY DENNY SCOTT
After taking the Kincardine Bulldogs to overtime for the second time in a week, the Wingham Ironmen were able to seal the deal on Friday, marking the first of two victories over the weekend.
On Friday evening, the Ironmen posted a 3-2 victory over Kincardine followed up by another close game on Saturday when the Ironmen posted a 5-4 win over the Mount Forest Patriots.
The two wins move the Ironmen up to third place in the North Pollock Division of the Provincial Junior Hockey League, with 33 points, followed by the Patriots with 31 points. The Hanover Barons are in first place and Mitchell Hawks are in second, each with 47 points.
WINGHAM 5 MOUNT FOREST 4
The Wingham Ironmen posted a 5-4 win over the Mount Forest Patriots on Feb. 12 by outshooting their opponents 47-37.
Wingham’s Evan Visser opened the scoring with a marker assisted by Josh Pham. Tanner Reid followed up with an unassisted goal for Wingham.
The second period saw Mount Forest strike back with Benjamin Tenhag scoring a goal assisted by Caleb Cribbin and Darcy Winkler.
In response, Visser completed his hat trick for the evening, scoring back-to-back goals. The first was an unassisted powerplay marker, while his third was assisted by Trevor Klee.
Mount Forest responded with Cribbin scoring a powerplay goal in the third, assisted by Darcy Winkler and Christopher Prucha. Tenhag then scored another for Mount Forest, assisted by Hayden Coulter and Riley Torrie.
Wingham’s Dawson Fahrer gave his team the insurance goal it needed, scoring an unassisted marker with less than two minutes left in the third.
Mount Forest’s Jared Rowe responded with a goal assisted by Kirk Gibson and Jordan Leitch.
Wingham’s Garrett Golley stopped 33 of 37 shots in net while Mount Forest’s Michael Brassor stopped 42 of 46.
The Wingham Ironmen were assessed a season-high 72 penalty minutes over 19 infractions while Mount Forest served 32 minutes on 12 infractions.
Wingham’s Chris Adlys served the first penalty of the game, a two-minute tripping call, followed by Calan Tanzi-Foshay of Mount Forest, who served a two-minute slashing penalty.
Both teams then had a two-minute roughing call levied against them, served by Wingham’s Jonah Burley and Mount Forest’s Torrie.
Wingham’s Dana Smith was assessed a two-minute penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.
At the 11:45 mark in the first, Mount Forest’s Reid Caswell was assessed a four-minute roughing call. During the same play, Wingham’s Tanner Reid was assessed a two-minute roughing penalty.
The first penalty of the second period went to Tenhag, who was assessed a four-minute tripping penalty. He was followed by teammate Aaron McGuirk, who was assessed a two-minute slashing penalty.
Wingham’s Josh Lorenz served a two-minute interference penalty before teammate Matt Tolton was assessed two head contact penalties, one two-minute and one 10-minute.
The final period of the second period was assessed to Mount Forest’s Tenhag, who served a two-minute too many men penalty.
Wingham’s David Kozak served the first penalty of the third with a two-minute tripping penalty.
Just past the five-minute mark, an incident saw Wingham assessed five penalties, including two to Josh Pham (roughing, two minutes, and inciting an opponent for 10 minutes), two to Ben Wyatt (head contact gross misconduct and a head contact five-minute penalty) and Kyle Smeltzer (inciting an opponent, 10 minutes). Mount Forest Caswell was also assessed a 10-minute inciting penalty as part of the incident.
Mount Forest’s Michael Brassor was served a two-minute interference penalty, followed by Wingham’s Klee being assessed a two-minute hooking penalty.
Wingham’s Logan Bromley was called for tripping, resulting in a two-minute penalty. During the same stoppage, Mount Forest’s Coulter was assessed a two-minute unsportsmanlike penalty.
Wingham’s Tolton served a two-minute slashing penalty, followed by Mount Forest's Coulter serving a two-minute boarding penalty.
The final penalties of the game went to Wingham’s Burley at the 20-minute mark, with a five-minute cross-checking penalty and a five-minute cross-checking gross misconduct.
WINGHAM 3 KINCARDINE 2
Despite outshooting the Bulldogs 33-23, the Ironmen needed a single overtime period to claim a 3-2 victory on Friday, Feb. 11 in Wingham.
Kincardine’s Gavin Downs opened the scoring in the game, marking the only goal of the first period, assisted by Wilson Shipp.
Less than one minute into the second, Wingham’s Visser scored his 10th goal of the season, evening the score. The marker was assisted by Klee and Burley.
With less than a minute left in the second, Kincardine’s Carter Servais gave the Bulldogs the lead with a powerplay goal, assisted by Gavin Downs and Austin Waite.
Visser marked his second of the game in the third, assisted by Adlys, driving the match into overtime.
Burley scored the game-winning goal for the Ironmen over three minutes into the overtime period, assisted by Tolton.
Golley was in net for the Ironmen, stopping 21 of 23 shots, while Tanner Ryan was in net for the Bulldogs, stopping 30 of 33 shots.
Kincardine had trouble with penalties throughout the match, serving 26 minutes over nine infractions. Wingham had 10 infractions totalling 18 minutes.
Wingham’s Smeltzer had the first penalty of the game, a two-minute roughing minor.
At the 17:57 mark in the first, Joseph Pringle served Kincardine’s first penalty, a two-minute roughing call. As part of the same play, Wingham’s Adlys was assessed a two-minute tripping penalty.
Just over three minutes into the second period, Wingham’s Payten Wheeler was assessed three penalties after a single incident: two two-minute penalties for roughing and cross-checking, respectively, and a gross misconduct for removing a helmet and/or chinstrap. As part of the same play, Kincardine’s Jerrid Fossold was assessed a two-minute roughing penalty.
Kincardine’s Ryan Litt was assessed a two-minute slashing penalty prior to teammate Pringle being assessed two head contact penalties, one for two minutes and one for 10. Litt then served a two-minute hooking penalty.
In the last three minutes of the period, Wingham was assessed three penalties: Dana Smith served a two-minute slashing penalty, Coleson Fischer a two-minute hooking penalty and Chris Adlys a two-minute high-sticking penalty.
Kincardin’s Jason Taylor served the first penalty of the third on a two-minute slashing call, followed by Pringle being called for high sticking, resulting in a two-minute penalty.
Wingham’s Fahrer was called for tripping, resulting in a two-minute penalty, before Kincardine’s Pringle was assessed another penalty with a two-minute cross-checking call.
The final penalty of the game, a two-minute too many men call, was served by Wingham’s Austin McKeachnie.