The Hanover Barons beat the Goderich Flyers 5-2 in Goderich on Saturday night after they had lost to the Kincardine Bulldogs 3-1 on Friday night at the P&H Centre.
On Friday night in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 380 the Barons fell behind the Bulldogs late in the first period on a goal by Bulldog Jordan Bell. Captain Denver Hill tied the game at 6:40 of the second period assisted by Wendel Cameron and Tanner Mighton. The game remained tied until the 13:34 mark of the final period when Zach Freiburger scored for Kincardine. Patrick Weijak added an empty net goal for the 3-1 final.
Shots on goal favoured Kincardine 29-24 and neither team scored on their power plays. There were only six penalties in the game with each teams having three minor penalties. Hanover’s player of the game was goalie Michael Ratchford who played very well in net for the Barons.
In Goderich at the Maitland Recreational Centre on Saturday night there was no scoring in the opening period but at 4:05 of the second the Flyers took the lead on a short-handed goal by Noah Kuno. Thirty-one seconds later the Barons 16 year old rookie Noah Johnson tied the game assisted by Jarrett Kuntz. At 8:23 defenseman Derek Williams scored his first goal as a Baron assisted by Justin Graham and Jarrett Kuntz. Goderich again tied it up on a goal by Trent Michie only to have new comer Branden Bedminster get the lead back for the Barons assisted by Tanner Mighton and Justin Graham. In the third period the Barons did play some improved hockey and were able to add a pair of goals for the 5-2 win. Noah Johnson notched his second of the game on a power play assisted by Brodie Lemay and Justin Graham and Jarrett Kuntz got a very good unassisted goal. Cody van der Heide played very well in net for Hanover stopping 35 of 37 shots. Hanover was three for five on their power plays and Goderich was held scoreless on their four power play opportunities.