PETROLIA – The Cement ‘BB’ Midgets moved three points ahead of Petrolia with a 4-3 win over the Oilers here at the Greenwood Centre Sunday night.
The victory extends the Rock’s winning streak to three games in the Shamrock League. Greg Smale’s squad now sits with a 12-1-1 record atop the Central Division standings, while second-place Petrolia is 10-1-2.
The two teams have a rematch tonight (Wednesday, Dec. 3) at the Pyramid Rec. Centre, starting at 8:30 p.m.
In Petrolia Sunday, Oilers opened the scoring at 1:07 of the first period. St. Marys forward Trent Dundas tied it at the 8:16 mark, with an unassisted goal.
In a rough and tumble middle frame, defenceman Robert Clifford put the visitors ahead 2-1 with a beautiful shot to the top corner at 4:30. Fellow blue-line Ben Frehner assisted.
Petrolia tied it 2-2 with just 1:12 left in the period.
Oilers then grabbed a 3-2 advantage at 5:14 of the third. However, it would be their final lead of the night.
With just 3:02 remaining, centre Brody Thompson tied it 3-3 from Chad Leslie.
Less than a minute later, with just over two minutes left on the clock, Thompson fired what proved to be the game winner. Assists went to Clifford and Dundas.
With 1:10 remaining, Petrolia pulled its goalie for an extra attacker (6-on-5), but St. Marys held on for the win.
After the Cement Midgets’ game with Petrolia tonight, they head to Dorchester on Monday, Dec. 8 for a 9 o’clock face-off with the Dragons. Dorchester beat the Rock 3-2 the last time the two teams met in St. Marys.
Two SHL games at PRC
Two Shamrock League games were played this past Sunday at the PRC.
The Frayne Custom Cabinets A-E Bantams skated to a rare 0-0 tie with the South Kent Lightning.
Lightning took eight of the 12 minor penalties, but St. Marys was unable to capitalize on the powerplay.
Devin Mitchell recorded the shutout for the Rock, who host the same South Kent team this Sunday at 5:15 p.m.
In a later game Sunday, the Legion A-E Midgets dropped a 6-1 SHL decision to the Ingersoll Express.
The teams traded first-period goals, with winger Ben Armstrong connecting for St. Marys on a 5-on-3 powerplay at 11:52. Jacob Ford and Jordan Balfour drew assists, tying the contest 1-1.
The Express took the lead for good, with a goal early in the middle frame, and then tacked on four insurance goals in the final six minutes of the third.
The Legion squad hosts first-place South Kent Lightning this Sunday at 7 p.m. The following night, the team heads to Dorchester at meet the Dragons at 7:30 p.m.
Atom girls win 1-0
In an Atom girls exhibition game on Sunday afternoon at the PRC, St. Marys edged the Mitchell Meteors 1-0.
The game’s lone goal came off the stick of Lydia Taylor, from Audrey Littlejohn, in the first period. The shutout went to Emma Luyten.
The Landscaping Atom girls are off to a tournament in Whitby this weekend, Dec. 5-7.