Squires edge out Winterhawks

The Saugeen Shores Winterhawks battled back twice, but couldn’t find a way to beat the Petrolia Squires on Friday night.

Perhaps a case of “bus legs”, but Petrolia jumped on the visiting Winterhawks early, with Nathan Mater opening the scoring at 2:27 of the first period, beating netminder Jeff Flagler.

Ryan Fraser would give Petrolia a 2-0 lead at 6:17 on a powerplay goal, but the Winterhawks would get the legs after that.

Trevor Smith got the Winterhawks on the board at 7:56, beating Squires netminder Brandon Campbell, with assists to Mike Rocca and Andy Fracz.

The game tightened up from there, as both goalies held off the opposition until the Winterhawks picked up a power play on a high-sticking double-minor to the Squires Mike Bush midway through the 2nd period.

Matt Shields would score on the power play at 12:30 to tie the game, his first senior hockey goal, with assists to Rocca and Josh Deyell.

The Squires would re-take the lead 45-seconds into the 3rd period on a goal by Jesse Ferguson.

The Winterhawks would again battle back, as Adam Little notched the equalizer, with Blake Underwood and Miles MacLean assisting.

Brad Burton would deliver the dagger, however, putting the Squires ahead for good at 13:10, giving the Squires a 4-3 lead they would hang on to the rest of the night.

The Winterhawks will be back on the road next weekend for two, starting Friday night, November 2nd, in Elora to face the Rocks, followed by Saturday, November 3rd in Lucknow.

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