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Local roundup: OUA track and field medalists; The squires split into two

Three Sarnia athletes won individual medals at the Ontario Universities Track and Field Championships this weekend in Toronto.

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Three Sarnia athletes won individual medals at the Ontario Universities Track and Field Championships this weekend in Toronto.

Andrew Davies of the McMaster Marauders won bronze in the men’s 3,000 meters in 8:18.95 and was fourth in the 1,500 meters in 3:52.39.

Zion Webb of the Windsor Lancers won bronze in the men’s shot put (15.36 metres) and was sixth in the shot put (14.38 metres).

Lauren Perkins won bronze with the Lancers women’s 4×800 meter relay team and finished seventh in the 1,000 meters (2:56.81).

Alex Harris helped the Guelph Gryphons win women’s team gold by placing seventh in the triple jump (11.20 metres).

Brittany Van Hooft of Sarnia was seventh in the women’s 300 meters (41.09 seconds), fourth with the Lancers women’s 4×200 relay and sixth with their 4×400 relay team.

All are in position to qualify for the U Sports Championship from March 31 to April 2 in Saint John.

The Squires split the first two games in the final

The Petrolia Squires shared the first two games with the Shallow Lake Crushers in the Western Ontario Athletic Association Senior Hockey “A” Final.

The Squires rallied from a 2-1 deficit in Game 1 on Friday to win 4-2 at Greenwood Recreation Center. They couldn’t hold a 3-1 lead in Saturday’s Game 2 and suffered a 4-3 overtime loss at Shallow Lake.

Game 3 of the best-of-seven series is this Saturday at Petrolia at 7:30 p.m. and Game 4 is Sunday at Shallow Lake.

Curtis Helps, Kyler Keating and Sam McCormack scored in the opener before Eric Marsh added an empty net. Ethan DuPont, Jack Hackett and Jesse Ferguson scored in Game 2.

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Farr scores twice in Flags’ Game 1 loss

Nolan Farr scored two tying goals for the Mooretown Flags in a 5-2 loss to the Essex 73 in Game 1 of their Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL) Stobbs Division semifinal on Sunday at Essex.

Nathan King made 25 saves for the third-seeded Flyers.

The second-seeded 73 scored three unanswered goals in the final 11 minutes. Tycen Chittle scored two goals, Carter Dembinski, Ryan McKim and Andrew Thoms added singles and Jakob Knowles made 19 saves.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series took place Monday in Mooretown. Game 3 is Thursday at Essex and Game 4 is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Mooretown.

Flyers participating in the Tier 2 playoffs

The Petrolia Flyers compete in the new PJHL Tier 2 playoffs for teams that missed the playoffs or were eliminated in the first round.

The Flyers were swept by Essex’s 73 in the quarter-finals after placing seventh in the regular season.

Sixth-placed Blenheim Blades and ninth-placed Dresden Kings have also elected to play in the Tier 2 playoffs, so they will start with a double round-robin series. The top two teams advance to a best-of-seven final.

Flyers host Kings at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, visit Blades at 7 p.m. Sunday, host Blades Thursday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. and visit Kings Friday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m.