The Petes kicked off this weekend’s series of games against the CHL’s top-ranked Sarnia Sting. on Thursday night. Despite out-shooting their opponents 44-19, they fell 7-5 to the Western Conference club.
Now, the East and Central Divisions’ top teams will face off for Eastern Conference supremacy. The teams share similar records over their last 10 games – the Petes are 6-4-0-0, while the Colts are 7-3-0-0 after a 4-2 win in Ottawa Friday night. Each team has 21 points.
The men in maroon are 7-9 against Barrie over the last five seasons, but have a winning 5-3 record on PMC ice. The Petes were victorious in both games between the teams last season, with a 4-1 win in Barrie on February 11, and a 6-3 home ice win on March 4.
Peterborough holds a higher power play efficiency of 27.8% (4th) to Barrie’s 17.1% (13th), while the Colts’ penalty kill is operating at 85.4% (5th) to Peterborough’s 82.7% (9th).
Nikita Korostelev holds the hottest stick of the Electric City Kids, recording 3 goals and 1 assist against his former club on Thursday night, and is tied for third in team scoring with 16 points on the season. Fourth year forward Lucas Chiodo leads the Colts with 19 points in 15 games.
Nick Isaacson continues to be sidelined with an injury, while Zach Gallant is listed as day-to-day. Barrie will be without standout rookies Andrei Svechnikov (hand) and Ryan Suzuki (World Under-17 Hockey Challenge).
The Petes will honour and remember the men and women who served and sacrificed for our country before the game. Pre-game ceremonies will include the playing of the last post (Salvation Army Temple Band Member), moment of silence, lament (Prince Edward Hastings Regiment Piper), and reveille (Salvation Army Temple Band Member). A Canadian Forces veteran will take part in a ceremonial puck drop. Once again this year, Public Address Announcer Gord Gibb has prepared a special tribute that he will read before the game.
Off the ice, fans can support Crohn’s and Colitis Canada. Fans can purchase pucks for a second intermission chuck-a-puck for a chance to win a one week ROTOSPA hot tub rental, Requip’d Canada prizes, a spa basket, and a Sauce A Puck package. All funds raised will be directed to Crohn’s and Colitis research.
Operation Christmas Child will be distributing shoeboxes in the north and east lobbies in support of their annual campaign.
The Petes will wrap up the weekend with a matinee match-up with the Steelheads in Mississauga on Sunday, November 5 at 2:00pm. The Petes return home on Sunday, November 12 at 2:05pm to take on the Kingston Frontenacs; the game will be followed by a Russelle Toyota post-game skate. Game tickets are available starting at $8 through the Collins Barrow PMC Box Office, online, or by at phone at (705) 743-3561.