The Wingham Ironmen took an early lead in both Friday’s game against Kincardine, and Sunday’s game with Mitchell, but ended up losing both – 8-7 to Kincardine and 6-3 to Mitchell.
The Sunday afternoon game in Wingham started with a powerplay goal by Derek Elliott (on his way to a hat trick), assisted by Aaron Armstrong and Travis Donaldson. Mitchell matched it, also on the powerplay, with a goal by Scott Fries from Jerry Ennet and Derek MacDonald. Elliott scored his second of what would be three powerplay goals, with assists from Armstrong and Brett Brophy. But Mitchell’s Ryan Goetz replied, with assists from Zane Walkom and Ben Dunham, ending the period in a 2-2 tie.
Mitchell got a two-goal lead in the second period with goals by Travis Bender from Jalen Aitcheson and Ryan Sykes, and an unassisted shorthanded goal by Ennet. Wingham’s Elliott got his third of the night, again on the powerplay, from Joey Terwoord. But Mitchell replied with a goal by Brent Rae from Jade Maxwell and Aitcheson to make it 5-3, where it stayed for most of the rest of the game, until with a minute to go, teammate Sykes scored shorthanded from Greg Orr on the empty Wingham net.
Play got a bit rough towards the end, with a fight in the Mitchell net area involving several players from both teams. While the refs sorted it out, the opposing goaltenders passed the time by passing the puck back and forth the length of the ice.
The game Friday, Oct. 26 against Kincardine was a clean game with few penalties, but it turned out to be a real heart-breaker for local fans. Wingham blew a 4-0 lead at the end of the first period to lose 8-7.
Wingham’s first period goals were scored by Donaldson, Darren Kerr, Drew Gross and Elliott. Armstrong assisted on three of them. Elliott also got an assist, as did Justin Jacklin, Evan Ducharme and Terwoord.
In the second, Kincardine got on the scoreboard with goals by Garrett Simmons on the powerplay, assisted by Jamie Miller, and Shawn Stewart from Chad Simpson and Jarred Colling. Wingham’s Donaldson scored assisted by Armstrong, but then Kincardine’s Brett Catto scored from Dave Mercer and Cody Britton to end the period at 5-3.
Kincardine took over in the third, closing the gap and then some, with five goals – two by Joel Alton, and singles by Britton, Tanner Simpson and Mercer. Mercer, Travis Tanner and Britton also got assists, along with two by Greg Scott, Colling, Miller and Catto. Wingham came back with another goal by Elliott (assists Terwoord and Armstrong), and one by Andrew Scott from Ducharme and Jacklin, but the Ironmen couldn’t get the tie.