Following a tribute to the Petes’ billet families, the Maroon and White got set to take on the league leading Ottawa 67’s for the final time at the PMC this season. The Petes battled hard, but lost by a score of 3-2 in overtime.
The first goal of the night was an early rocket from the Petes as Ryan Merkley slipped one past Cedric Andree to put Peterborough on the board 1-0. Cameron Butler and Semyon Der-Arguchintsev were credited with the pair of assists.
The 67’s very quickly came back with a tying goal as Nikita Okhotyuk was able to put the score at one for each side with an assist from Austen Keating.
20 minutes would come to a close with both teams holding a goal while the 67’s held the shots on goal 16-5.
The Petes retook the lead late in the second frame when Chris Paquette sent a pass from Adam Timleck and Declan Chisholm past Andree to claim a second goal for the Petes, making it 2-1 Peterborough.
After 40 minutes of play the home team led by a single goal.
The building was electric throughout the final period. The home crowd cheered on the boys, but in the dying seconds of regulation Ottawa tied the game with a rocket from Kevin Bahl. Assists came from Tye Felhaber and Sasha Chmelevski. This goal sent the clubs into overtime.
The extra frame would prove to be the deciding factor as the 67’s took the game 3-2 with a goal from Marco Rossi 4:14 into OT.
Final shots were 44-22 in favour of Ottawa.
The three stars respectively were Hunter Jones, Paquette, and Okhotyuk of the 67’s, with the Mark’s Hardest Working Player of the Game awarded to Michael Little.
The extra point earned by the Petes in the extra period guarantees that the Petes will finish no lower than sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
The Petes head on the road to Ottawa on Friday March 15 before they come home on Saturday, March 16 at 7:05pm to finish the regular season against the Sudbury Wolves. Tickets are available through the Baker Tilly Box Office in person, over the phone at (705) 743-3561, and online.
Playoff tickets are now available for the first two Petes home games. You can visit the Baker Tilly box office to pick up tickets, on the Petes website or contact Mike at (705) 743-3681 x 263.