Goderich Jr. Flyers Report

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The Goderich Orr Insurance Flyers were truly thankful on Thanksgiving weekend.

On Friday the Flyers recorded their first victory of the PJHL season with an away win of 5-1 over the Walkerton Hawks.

The win ended an eight game season-long losing streak.

Three of the Flyers’ goals in the victory came from a new forward line coach Jim Fritzley put together.

Kaden Hoggarth, Avery Timmermans and Matt Bean showed instant chemistry while dominating play in the offensive zone.

Each of them scored, Hoggarth and Bean in the first period, and Timmermans in the second.

Eric Vander Eyk took care of the rest of the Flyers’ goal production with two, second period tallies.

Fritzley credited his team’s use of short and quick passes for the quality scoring opportunities the Flyers enjoyed.

Spencer Lazarevich was solid in goal for the Flyers, stopping 27 of the 28 shots taken by the Hawks.

Austin Brown was the only Hawk to score, his goal coming midway through the second period.

The Flyers played at home the next night, losing 5-4, to the Hanover Barons with 229 fans in attendance.

For the first two periods, the teams took turns scoring power-play goals and were tied at three at the end of the second.

Kaden Hoggarth had two of the Goderich goals and Trent Michie had the other.

Defenceman Kyle Langlois assisted on all three and Matt Bean, Avery Timmermans and Jack Stecho had one assist each.

Fritzley was pleased with the immediate dividends from the new power-play system and units he put together for the game.

The Barons’ victory came on a pair of third period two-on-one plays given up by the Flyers sandwiching a goal by the Flyers Trent Michie, assisted by Langlois and Jeff Fritzley.

Luke Hoelscher and Zach Cameron scored the Baron goals. Cameron’s goal was his third of the game. Ryan Marriage had the other Hanover goal.

Coach Fritzley felt the Flyers played well throughout the game, and noted particularly the play of newly signed Kaden Hoggarth and defenceman Trent Buchanan.

Fritzley says he is seeing a big improvement when the team is able to play the game-plan they have been working on, but when they deviate from it and start running around, they give up scoring opportunities to their opponents.

The PJHL was dark last Saturday as the various division rookie all-stars met in a showcase day in Mitchell.

Five Flyers were chosen as members of the Pollock Division team. They were Jack Stecho, Bryce Lee, Nolan Gagnier, Nick Madeno and Kaden Hoggarth.

Hoggarth had an assist in the Pollock Division’s 5-3 victory over the Yeck Division.

Playing at home Sunday afternoon, the Flyers chalked up win number two, powering eight goals past the Mitchell Hawks’ goaltender Seth Monkhouse and adding an empty netter to defeat the Hawks 9-6.

Colton Quipp, who has been playing defence, was moved up on to a forward position by coach Jim Fritzley and responded with a three goal hat-trick to lead the Flyers to the free-scoring victory over the Hawks. Kaden Hoggarth was also prominent for the Flyers offensively, racking up four points, with three assists and the last minute empty-net goal.

The Flyers led 2-1 after the first period, getting a goal from Jack Stecho and a power-play counter from Mitch Fisher. Tyson Hall got one back for the Hawks who then went on to score four straight second period goals to go in front 5-2.  Jarett Bogdon, Carter Lewis, Ethan Hill and Noah Benjamin were the Hawk scorers.

Before the period ended, Flyer goals by Quipp, Parker Gibbings and Griffin MacDonald knotted the score at 5-5.

Quipp’s second goal of the game, early in the third period, put the Flyers ahead 6-5, but Ryan Murray scored for the Hawks to tie it up again.

Quipp then got his third goal, making it 7-6, and that one proved to be the winner. Jeff Fritzley made it 8-6 and then Hoggarth’s shot into the empty net completed the scoring.

Also credited with assists in the offensive onslaught by the Flyers were Kyle Langlois and Trent Michie with two each, and Griffin MacDonald, Chad and Cody Treble, Jeff Fritzley and Mitch Fisher with one each.

Coach Fritzley was effusive in his praise for the spirit shown by his team in coming back from a three-goal deficit to win.

Goaltenders Spencer Lazarevich and Jarod Flemming shared the game in the Flyers’ net, with Flemming getting credit for the victory.

The Flyers have a three-game weekend coming up. They play in Kincardine Friday night, and then are playing at home, playing Mount Forest at the MRC on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

The third game is a Flyers’ home game but it is to be played in the Blyth Arena at 8 p.m. on Sunday.

-RICHARD MADGE 

 

 

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