Squires top Killer Bees in rough-and-tumble opener of The Battle of Lambton

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Petrolia's Brandon Biggers delivers a hit that sent him to the penalty box in the opening minutes of Game 1 of The Battle of Lambton March 1.

The Petrolia Squires took round one of the aptly named Battle of Lambton Western Ontario Super League first round of playoffs against the Alvinston Killer Bees.

The Squires topped the Killer Bees 6-2. Adam Arsenault had the hat trick for Petrolia. Ryan Fraser, Sam McCormack and Adam Craievich had the Squires other markers. Theo Hill had two on the night for Alvinston and Brennan Feasey also scored for the Bees in the losing effort.

The game lived up to its name “The Battle of Lambton” with over 90 minutes of penalties registered including three, 10 minute misconducts – two of which went to Tyler Hill from the Killer Bees.

Just 1:32 into the first period, Petrolia’s Brandon Biggers was tossed by referees after delivering a punishing check and tackling goalie Nolan DeKoning. Biggers was assessed a five minute match penalty for high sticking and a two minute minor for roughing.

And in the last 33 seconds of the game, five players were penalized: the Bees Cam Rombouts and Squires Brad Biggers were both given five minute majors for fighting, Biggers drew two more for spearing and unsportsmanlike conduct. And then, with just seven seconds left, Petrolia’s Matt Stevens and Alvinston’s Zak Van Eck drew five minute majors for fighting.

Hill was also caught up in the penalties. At seven seconds left in the game he was given 10 minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct – abuse of an official.

Game two in the series is Tuesday in Alvinston.

Petrolia’s Brandon Biggers delivers a hit that sent him to the penalty box in the opening minutes of Game 1 of The Battle of Lambton March 1.