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Bulldogs Edge Petes in a Last-Minute Thriller

The Petes squared off against the East Division rival Hamilton Bulldogs on Thursday night, playing to a large crowd of rowdy students, staff, faculty and alumni on Fleming College Night.

Hamilton earned a powerplay just a few minutes into the first period, and it took a mere 13 seconds with the man-advantage for Matt Strome to make a deposit. Niki Petti and Ben Garagan co-signed on the game’s opening goal.

The Petes shifted momentum their way for the next quarter of the period, with the pressure culminating in a powerplay goal for the mighty maroon and white. Nikita Korostelev, manning the right point, tied the game with the dynamic ‘D’ duo of Matt Timms and Kyle Jenkins picking up assists at 9:45 of the first period.

Before the end of the first, the ‘Dogs would grab the lead back as Matt Timms’ minor hockey teammate Brandon Saigeon tucked the puck behind Dylan Wells. The goal, assisted by Justin Lemcke and Cole Candella, sent the teams for a break with Hamilton up 2-1 despite a 15-11 shot lead.

The Bulldogs cushioned their lead with another Saigeon tally, this time from the left circle and assisted by Marian Studenic and Jack Hanley. At the 11:39 mark, another powerplay goal gave the Petes a lift as Kyle Jenkins slammed home a great behind-the-back feed from Logan DeNoble after Nikita Korostelev put a shot on goal.

Neither squad found the back of the net before the end of the second, and with Peterborough up 27-22 on the shot clock, the Bulldogs took a 3-2 lead into the third.

The Petes tied the game at 3-3 as Cole Fraser scored his sixth of the season, assisted by DeNoble and Matt Spencer, but Hamilton regained their lead yet again as Jack Hanley finished a play from Strome. The Petes put about five solid chances on net in the final minutes with the net empty, but overager Dawson Carty stood tall and the Bulldogs held on for a 4-3 win.

Saigeon, Korostelev, and Hanley were the first, second, and third stars of the game, while Kyle Jenkins was named Mark’s Hardest Working Player of the Game. The final shots on goal were 34-27 for the Petes.

Next up is a tilt against the Kingston Frontenacs on the road on Friday, before the annual Family Day game at the Memorial Centre in support of Five Counties Children’s Centre (free post-game skate with the Petes). The 2:05pm game on Monday is against the Sudbury Wolves. Tickets are still available online, at the Collins Barrow Box Office, or by calling (705) 743-3561. Make sure you download the Petes Mobile App for iPhone or Android to stay up to date with the Petes all season long.

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