The Saugeen Shores Winterhawks wrapped up an early-season stretch of road games with a 6-3 win over the Petrolia Squires on Friday night.
Bus legs were no issue for the Winterhawks, despite the long trek down to Lambton County, and proved it by opening the scoring less than five minutes into the game on a goal by James McHaig, assisted by Andy Fracz and Mitch Borden.
Mike Johnstone extended the Winterhawks lead to 2-0 at 11:50 of the opening period, with Miles MacLean and Matt Shields picking up assists.
A late power play for Petrolia allowed the Squires to cut the Winterhawks lead to 2-1 after the first period.
The Squires added the equalizer early in the second, but took a penalty immediately afterwards and MacLean made them pay, restoring the Winterhawks lead on the power play 59-seconds after the Petrolia goal.
Matt Shields made it a 4-2 lead for the Winterhawks at 11:54, with MacLean and Brock Pinnell picking up assists on the eventual game-winning goal.
The Winterhawks got into penalty trouble late in the period and spotted the Squires a five-on-three advantage and they used it to cut the lead to 4-3 after two periods of play.
Winterhawks starting goalie Eric Peicheff was full marks in the third period, stopping all 12 Petrolia shots as the Squires pushed to tie the game again.
Justin Donnelly and Mike Fiegehen added empty net goals late in the period to solidify the 6-3 victory for the visiting Winterhawks, who improved to 2-1-0 on the young season.
Peicheff was excellent in the Winterhawks net, making 31 saves for the win, while MacLean notched a goal and two assists to continue his impressive start, totaling nine points (four goals, five assists) in three games so far.
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The Winterhawks are finally returning home when they host their 2022/23 home opener next Friday night, November 4th, when they take on the defending champions Seaforth Centenaires at The Plex.
Game time is 8:30 p.m. and admission is $10 for adults, kids 10 years of age and younger are admitted for free when accompanied by adult ticket purchase.
Season tickets will also be on sale for $100 per person, which grants you admission to all Winterhawks regular season and playoff home games.