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Goderich Flyers Report (Jan. 23)
Paulie O’Byrne is a motivational speaker. He is also the head coach of the Goderich Flyers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. He will need to call on all of his motivational powers to inspire the Flyers as they head into the last weekend of their regular schedule, preparing to enter the playoffs.
Goderich Junior Flyers Report (Jan. 16)
The Goderich Orr Insurance Flyers of the Provincial Junior Hockey League played three game last weekend. Their best effort came on Sunday afternoon at the MRC when they battled the Mitchell Hawks, the team immediately above them in the standings, to a 5-5 overtime tie. The Flyers had to come from behind, trailing 2-0 after the first period and 5-2 after two periods. Ryan Murray and Jake Finlayson gave Mitchell the early lead. Murray scored on a 2 on 1 play when the Flyer forward coming back on the play failed to cover him. Finlayson scored on a quick one-timer that eluded Flyer goalie Kevin Linker. Trent Michie got the Flyers’ first goal seven minutes into the second period when he outraced a Hawk defender to a loose puck in the Mitchell end that Hawk goalie Ryan Govier had come out to retrieve. Michie was able to loft the puck over Govier into the Mitchell net. Tyson Moore put the Hawks back up 3-1 with his powerplay shot from the point and then a minute later he knocked in a puck in the crease to make it 4-1. Riley Conners got that one back for the Flyers, taking a pass from Matt Bean from behind the Mitchell net and beating Govier to make it 4-2 midway through the period. Murray finished off the second period scoring knocking in a rebound to make it 5-2. The Flyers took over the game in the final frame, scoring three unanswered third period goals. Matt Bean finished off a powerplay, after taking a pass from Eric Vander Eyk. Defenceman Brennan Long then made it 5-4 scoring from the point. Mitch Fisher tied it up when Riley Conners saw he was open and got the puck to him for a one-timer. The Flyers took a penalty with 1:48 to go in the game, but they killed it off 12 seconds into the seven minute overtime and matched the Hawks chance for chance to the final buzzer. The Hawks called a time out with 4.4 seconds remaining and pulled their goalie with the faceoff in the Flyer end, but the Flyers won the draw and fired the puck the length of the ice, just missing the empty net. On Friday night, in Walkerton, the Flyers lost 6-4 to that breed of Hawks. The game was strangely reminiscent of the game they had played the previous Sunday, when one team controlled the game for the first half, and the other for the second half. The first game had the Flyers on top 4-1 before they lost 8-5. This time, the Hawks built up a 6-0 lead after two periods only to see the Flyers come back with four goals in the third period to make it close. An ill-timed penalty at 17:26 of the third stalled the Flyers’ come-back attempt and they lost 6-4. Justin Donnelly had three of the Hawk goals and Owen Torrie had two. Adel Zivojavic had the other Walkerton goal. The Flyers’ third period goals were scored by Cody Treble, Eric Vander Eyk, Avery Timmermans and Chad Treble. Braeden Duncan, Cody Treble and Vander Eyk had assists. Saturday, back at the MRC, the Flyers took on the league-leading Wingham Ironmen and lost 5-2. Games with the Ironmen are always interesting. The Ironmen have three players from Goderich playing for them: Jamie Huber, Kyle Stanbury and Kyle Langlois. That rivalry has been intensified even more with Kody Langlois, Kyles’ twin brother, now suiting up with the Flyers. The teams played a scoreless first period, but the Ironmen jumped off to a 4-0 lead in the second with two goals by Josiah Kraayenbrink and one each by Jamie Huber and Carter Collinson. Kody Langlois scored the first Goderich goal on a powerplay assisted by Matt Bean and Trent Michie before the end of the period. In the third, Kyle Stanbury, off to the right of the Flyers’ goal, spotted a small opening inside the top corner behind Goderich goalie Kevin Linker and wired a perfect shot into that spot to put the Ironmen ahead 5-1. The Flyers’ second goal was scored by Noah Nurse on a powerplay with just over one minute remaining in the game. Assists went to Trent Michie and Chase Meurs. The powerplay was the result of a bench minor assessed to a Wingham coach. The attendance at the MRC was 234 on Saturday and 256 on Sunday, reflecting the growing interest in the team as playoff time looms near. On Sunday, the Flyers paid tribute to the Goderich Lions Sailors peewee rep team which completed an unbeaten season in league play and is now entering OMHA playoffs. The Flyers will play the Mount Forest Patriots at the MRC Friday night with puckdrop at 7:55 pm, and then on Saturday night, it’s the Wingham Ironmen back for another go with the Flyers beginning at 7:35 pm.