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Petrolia opens season with home opener loss
Pat Brethauer October 7, 2011

The Petrolia Squires opened their season at home Friday night in Western Ontario Athletic Assoc hockey action against the Tillsonburg Vipers.

Despite the many new faces in the lineup including new head coach Todd Bidner the Squires suffered their first loss with a final score of 7 -2.


Tillsonburg took a commanding 6 - 0 lead scoring 3 goals in the first period and adding 3 more in the second.  Scoring in the first period for the Vipers were Terry Lammens on a shorthanded goal, Adam Vandepoel scored the second and Justin Salt added the third on the powerplay.  Second period goals were scored by Phil Durham and Kevin Galerno hit the mark with a pair, the first shorthanded and the second on the powerplay.

Jason McPhail scored the first goal of the season for the Squires mid-way into the third to spoil the shutout bid for Vipers netminder Jeff Bassindale.  Galerno went on and added the final goal of the game for the and his third goal for the Vipers.  With 4:23 left on the clock the Squires chipped away to score once more with newcomer Kyle Quinn scoring his first of the season.

The Squires are back in action tonight as they take to the road for their away game against the Thedford Dirty Dogs.


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