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Goderich Jr. Flyers Report

Two more games, two more losses.
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A seemingly repetitive story for the Goderich Orr Insurance Flyers in their PJHL schedule.
But before you write the Flyers off for another year, take a closer look.
The Flyers played some good hockey in last weekend’s games, and the team continues to make moves designed to improve their performance.
In both games at the MRC, the Flyers went in to the third period down one goal, but were unable to win the third period battles.
Saturday, the Flyers trailed the Hanover Barons, 3-2, after two periods, but lost 5-3.
Sunday, they were down 2-1 to the Mount Forest Patriots at the end of the second, only to see the Patriots score four in the third to win 6-1.
No, it doesn’t mean the Flyers are not in shape to play three periods.
It’s more that they have given all they have for two periods and don’t have the necessary depth to finish off stronger teams.
General manager Doug Timmermans knows what needs to happen and he is working at it.
His latest move was the acquisition of veteran goaltender Logan Vermunt from the North Middlesex Stars.
Timmermans labels Vermunt “a welcome addition” saying, “He has has a great junior career and I am happy that he is willing to finish it out with the Flyers.”
The 21 year-old Vermunt has had stops in Exeter (with Timmermans), Delhi, Aylmer and Mount Brydges in that career and he made an immediate impact in his first two starts with the Flyers, making some crucial saves that kept the Flyers in the games.
Signing Vermunt necessitated the releasing of goalie Jarod Fleming whom Timmermans hopes to see back at next year’s Flyers’ camp.
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It also led to the release of over-age defenceman Zach Hammel who has joined the team’s coaching staff as an assistant to interim head coach Ethan Scott.
The game with Hanover was Goderich Public School night with an attendance of 275, including many GPS students an their parents.
It was also Canadian Adult Recreational Hockey Association hat give-away night and when the Flyers’ Trent Michie scored a hat-trick, many of those hats got recycled on to the ice.
Michie scored unassisted in the first period, got an even strength goal in the second, and finished off with a powerplay goal in the third. Mike Bean and Kyle Langlois had assists on the second and third goals.
Quinto Maddock, Tyler Hooker, Zack Cameron, Bryan Richardson and Dayton Lylyk were the Baron goal scorers.
Sunday’s game had Mount Forest ahead 1-0 after one period on Nathan Bolger’s goal.
Michael Stefanelli made it 2-0 before the Flyers’ Nick Mandeno scored on a play with Chad and Cody Treble in the second.
Derek Williams, Troy Weber, Luke Eurig and Jack Birkett scored the third period Patriot goals.
The Flyers’ quest for victory continues Saturday night at 7:30 pm at the MRC when they take on the Walkerton Hawks who are only one point ahead of the Flyers in the Division standings. Sunday, the Flyers journey to Mitchell for an encounter with another flock of Hawks.

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