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James McEwan celebrates after scoring in the Alvinston Killer Bees win over Tillsonburg.

Squires, Killer Bees steal Tillsonburg’s thunder in final regular season games

The Alvinston Killer Bees and the Petrolia Squires will face off in the first round of the Western Ontario Super League playoffs after the teams finished the regular season on a high note.

Adam Craievich broke a 2-2 with eight and half minutes left in the third period to lift the Petrolia Squires to a 4-2 win over Tillsonburg on Friday.

TJ Harris had the other three goals for Petrolia registering his first career hat trick in the Western Ontario Super Hockey League.

The Wyoming product scored twice in the first period and the home team took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission before the first place Thunder rallied to tie the contest setting up the game winning goal by Craievich. Harris completed the hat trick with 84 seconds left in regulation time.

Brandon Biggers and Adam Arsenault each had two assists for the Squires.

Sean Parker snapped a three-game losing skid with 29 saves as the home team outshot the Thunder, 44-31.

Petrolia wore #21 stickers on their jerseys in honour of former Jet and Squire Logan Hunter. He recently succumbed to cancer at the age of 39.

Petrolia ends the season with a 15-9 record, including 10-2 on home ice.

Saturday, Alvinston ran its unbeaten streak to five games with a 3-2 win in overtime at Tillsonburg

James MacEwan scored twice, including the game-winner in the third overtime. Aiden Preuter had the other. Nolan Dekoning made 31 saves for the win between the pipes.

The Killer Bees finish the regular season in fifth place with a mark of 14-8-2.

They’ll take on the Petrolia Squires in the first round of the postseason. Playoffs will begin on March 1 but no specifics have been announced yet. The first round is a best-of-five.