Fergus, Ontario – Two weeks into their inaugural season, and you will see smiles all around on managements faces!
The boys began their season on September 16th in Mount Forest. A tense, exciting back and fourth game was played in front of a healthy crown for the Pats home opener, and the boys came out on top 2-1 in a thrilling OT finish. Goaltender Bradley Boville, making his first start as a Whaler, stood on his head collecting the team’s first ever win making 53 saves and taking home the Alder Precast Hardest Working Whaler of the Game. It was an emotional time for everyone, and the Whalers organization thanks all that joined us on the road for our first game!
Sunday the fun kicked off early, as fans began to line the door before 2:00pm. The Whalers were back in action for their first ever home game against the Mitchell Hawks. Coming off a tough loss, the Hawks came in hungry, and played a strong game against Fergus. Bradley Boville played another excellent game against his former club and the Whalers came out on top 5-4. A healthy crowd of over 400 fans was on hand to take in the game!
This past Friday, the boys travelled to Wingham for our first match up with the Ironmen. A smart and strong team, the boys fought hard for 60 minutes but were on the losing end of the score board.
Sunday was arguably the toughest match up of the season. The Kincardine Bulldogs came to town for a 3:00pm clash. An even match, the game featured back and fourth play, some big hits, and a few old time hockey fights. The Whalers got out to an early lead, but Kincardine bounced back to tie the game, then take the 4-3 lead. A late game tying goal from Captain Jack McDonald sent the boys to overtime. In the PJHL, their is no shoot out, the format is 7 straight minutes of 3 on 3. If that doesn’t determine the winner, the game ends in a draw and that’s exactly what happened. Jacob McKenney was excellent in his first Junior start, showing tons of potential and that he belongs in this league.
The Whalers next action is this Friday night when they head to Hanover for a game against the Barons. The Whalers then return home Sunday to play Walkerton. All kids wearing their team jersey will be admitted for free.. Come out and support