The Ironmen Bantam Local League team played in the Clifford tournament Saturday, Jan. 19 and brought home the consolation trophy.
In the first game the Hanover Falcons proved to be too much for the Wingham team, winning 4-2 in the opening game. Wingham’s first goal was scored by Maison Nesbitt assisted by Leslie Irvine. The second goal went to defenceman Jack Reidy, unassisted.
The first consolation game was against the Arran Elderslie Ice Dogs. Late in the second period, Rylee Fear was able to net the first goal with an assist going to Nesbitt. A third period goal was scored by Irvine with assists going to Fear and Nesbitt.
Excellent goaltending gave Sam Marston a shut-out in the 2-0 victory over the Ice Dogs.
The final match-up was against the Goderich Sailors. The Wingham team got off to a slow start but regrouped and came out with a winning attitude in the third. The first goal went to Josh Hoy with assists going to Merrick Smith and TJ Moores. Smith was able to net the next goal assisted by Fear. Nesbitt was quick off the face off to score the third goal with a pass from Moores. A fourth goal by Smith assisted by Nesbitt followed. Smith earned a hat trick on the fifth goal with the help of Fear. Forwards Irvine, Wyatt McIlhargey, Connor Smith, Jackson Goodall, and Logan Hemeon kept the puck moving throughout the period. Moores, Evan Fraser, and Reidy provided the defence that kept the puck out of Wingham’s end. Austin Fitch was vigilant between the pipes, yielding only to one puck. The final score was 5-1 in favor of Wingham, securing the consolation championship.