Wingham Ironmen Champions
The Wingham Ironmen found their scoring touch again in a 4-2 win over Walkerton in Game 7 of the Western Junior “C” Final.
Like the rest of the games in the series, no lead was safe and momentum went back and forth faster than an air hockey puck between two opponents.
Wingham scored the first goal of the game 5:36 in the first period courtesy of Ryan McNeil. But after being kept off the score sheet Friday night in Game 6, Walkerton captain Drew Davidson scored on the powerplay late in the period to tie it.
Davidson picked up his second goal of the game in the second period when he took a pass at Wingham’s blueline and broke in alone, and let a slapshot go beating Wingham goalie Ben Nelson clean. Davidson had come of the bench as a Walkerton penalty expired, sneaking in behind the unsuspecting Wingham defence.
In the third period with Walkerton up 2-1, the Hawks were flagged with an early penalty. Then, while trying to clear a rolling puck, Walkerton goalie Trevor Fleming lifted the puck out of play, without it touching the glass which led to a delay of game. That gave Wingham a 5-on-3 and the Ironmen capitalized courtesy of Alex Kuntz.
Wingham captain Aaron Armstrong then scored just over a minute later on a shot from just inside the blueline and the even strength goal gave Wingham the 3-2 lead. Walkerton made a push but late in the third went down two men again on two more penalties which ended any come back attempt as Brett Brophy scored on the powerplay. That made it 4-2 which ended up as the final score.
Wingham goalie Ben Nelson stopped 32 of 34 shots and Walkerton’s Trevor Fleming stopped 17 of 21 shots.
Wingham moves on to play the winner of Penetang – Alliston with that series 3-2 in favour of Penetang. Game 6 of that series is tomorrow night in Alliston.