The Barons held their 57th home opener in franchise history on Friday, September 23rd. The Barons and their fans welcomed back two of four last year’s over-agers, Trent Verbeek and Samson Walsom, for the ceremonial puck drop. We’d like to thank the OA’s from last season (including Owen Torrie and Dean Sealey who were absent due to prior commitments) and wish them nothing but success in all their future endeavours.
Many players contributed to the Barons’ win over the Goderich Flyers: Ryan Colquhoun had 2 goals and an assist. Chris Ferri also scored a goal and 2 assists, with Payton McIsaac, Cam Angst, and Carter Moran, aiding in the cause. Spencer Davidson and Elliot Thomson notched their first junior hockey goals. Drayton Howell and Dylan Richardson each had 2 assists. Payton McIsaac, Jonah White, Ryan Goetz, Carter Moran, Curtis Arnold, and Captain Tyson Lina all had one assist each. The loan marker from Goderich Flyers was scored by Iain MacIsaac, unassisted, at 15:57 of the 2nd period. The final score was 8-1 for Hanover.
We want to thank everyone that could make the home opener special for these young gentlemen and hope to see the continued support throughout the season.
On Sunday, the Hanover Barons faced off with last year’s second round opponent, the Wingham Ironmen. Hanover seemed to have a bit of a slow start, being outshot 11-4 and ending the first period with a 1-1 tie. Hanover’s goal was scored by Curtis Arnold, assisted by Jonah White. For Wingham, the goal was scored by Stanbury, assisted by Fischer.
The second period was a little higher strung, with penalties going both ways and teams getting chances with the extra man. Wingham seemed to capitalize on their opportunities and made it 2-1 on the PP (Bishop from Tolton & Stanbury).
During the 3rd period, the Barons showed resiliency and never gave up. Riley McCabe also made some great saves to keep his team in it. Dylan Richardson tucked one in on a wraparound, evening up the score 2-2 at 2:19 into the 3rd period (Arnold & Weltz with assists). The game winner was scored from newly acquired defenceman Payton McIsaac on a shot from the point, assisted by Jonah White. We thought this was a well officiated game, as the officials let the two teams determine the outcome. Wingham will be a tough matchup once again for Hanover this season.
Great weekend Boys! Good luck with your travels on Friday night to Walkerton to face the Capitals, and then the first rematch of last year’s final in Mitchell Saturday.
Regular Season Record (3-0-0-0)