Flyers can't hold lead
The Petrolia Flyers lost 9-3 to the Essex 73's on Thursday in the Provincial Junior Hockey League's Stobbs Division.
Clay Dolbear, Mark McNally and Josh Jamieson scored for the eighth-place Flyers (5-16-0-3) in front of 165 fans at the Greenwood Recreation Centre in Petrolia.
The Flyers led 2-1 midway through the first period, but the 73's scored the next five goals. The 73's were up 4-2 after one period and 6-2 after two.
Flyers goalie Chaska Thiel gave up six goals on 22 shots in the first two periods. Josh Loranger stopped 18 of 21 shots in the third.
William Stadder scored two for the first-place 73's (20-4-0-3). Jacob Cruickshank, Jack Sanko, Michael Vieira, Adam Gaiarin, Michael Ruttinger, Josh Pope-Ferguson and Riley Meyerink added singles. Connor Meyerink made 23 saves. The Flyers will visit the winless Wallaceburg Lakers on Wednesday, Dec. 12.