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Oilers shut out Storm in Petrolia Silver Stick opener
andrew brethauer December 26th, 2011

Petrolia, ON - The 2011 Petrolia Midget Silver Stick hockey tournament opened up on Boxing day, and it was a local match up between the Mooretown Storm and hometown Petrolia Oilers that headlined the first nights games in the midget A division.

Troy Whitely would score the only goal of the game on a wrist shot in the slot to give the Oilers a 1-0 victory over the Storm, putting Mooretown in a positions to be eliminated early from the double elimination tournament.

"We played a good defensive game," said Oilers coach Todd Annett. "Discipline needs to get a little bit better, but our defensive game is huge right now and that is what is going to give us wins."

Petrolia controlled the pace early, and held Mooretown to limited opportunities. The Oilers themselves would have a chance on a 5-on-3 power play, but the Storm were able to kill it off in the first period.

In the second with the teams on a 4-on-4, Whitely would score the loan goal of the game. Mooretown would again struggle to put an sustained pressure on the Oilers, and walked out of the second period down by one, and needing a spark.

In the third, the Storm would get their chance on their own 5-on-3 power play, but Mooretown seemingly spent the man advantage in their own end, unable to get any sort of rush or attack going into the Oilers end without the puck being cleared down the ice. By the end of the third, the defensive style of Petrolia simply wore down the Storm, and held on to the 1-0 victory.

"We definitely controlled the defensive side of the game tonight," said Annett. "We work hard offensively but when we lose the puck we work hard to pick up men coming back."

Mooretown was happy with their performance and credit a bad bounce to their loss and putting them on the wrong side of the bracket early in the tournament.

"I thought we played really well," said Mooretown Storm coach Chris Dobbelaar. "A little defensive style and just happened to get a bad bounce and they capitalized it on the power play."

Despite the low scoring game, Annett believes his team can be successful even when playing defensivel.

"As long as these guys stay focused and disciplined and play their own game, and the other team doesn't get them off their game we'll be fine."

Mooretown plays Thursday night at 7pm, while Petrolia will play Wednesday night at 9pm.



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