WINGHAM – The Wingham Ironmen took to the road for two away games over the weekend, taking a win and a loss while holding down first place in the Pollock Division standings.
Wingham found themselves in trouble early in the game against the Mitchell Hawks on Friday, letting in a goal with just over a minute into the first period. Recovering on the power play, Wingham tied it up a few minutes later with Liam Melady finding the net. The Ironmen kept the pressure on with an unassisted goal by Tanner Reid near the six-minute mark, and adding a shorthanded lone goal by Melady at the halfway point to take a 3-1 lead. The first period scoring wasn’t done yet though, with Mitchell finding back to back goals against netminder Garrett Golley to tie the game 3-3 after the first period.
Some early penalties for Mitchell in the second period, giving Wingham’s Logan Tolton the opening on the power play to retake the lead, but three unanswered goals from Mitchell put Wingham on the defensive, down 6-4.
Despite the third period being scoreless, tempers began to rise as both teams made trip after trip to the penalty box. The Ironmen racked up a total of 32 penalty minutes during the period and the Hawks taking 20 minutes, including two 10-minute majors for Wingham on inciting an opponent and misconduct.
Wingham travelled to Walkerton on Saturday, taking on the sixth-place Hawks. The Ironmen led the scoring early, with Rhys Vollmer and Logan Toltan giving Wingham
a 2-0 lead just minutes into the game. Walkerton responded with a goal of their own near the six-minute mark, but Liam Melady added another for Wingham before the end of the period.
Wingham’s lead grew to 6-1 in the second period, with captain Carter Collinson adding a goal and two for Melady to complete the hat trick. Down by five goals, Walkerton came out swinging in the third period in the first couple minutes, erupting into a fight between Wingham’s Connor Gibson and Connor Prins for the Hawks. Walkerton was able to find two more goals after settling down, but Wingham’s Brady Becker and Kyle Stanbury added two more to give Wingham the 8-3 win.
Wingham is back at home for two games this weekend, facing division rivals Mount Forest on Friday, Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. and Hanover on Sunday, Nov. 3, for an afternoon game starting at 3:30 p.m.