The Petes came within one of the Central Division Champion Colts, but couldn’t get ahead, falling 6-4 in Barrie on Saturday night.
The Colts opened scoring 4:08 into the first period. Sam Rhodes potted his third goal off the season from the side of the net after taking a feed from Joey Keane along the boards. Luke Bignell earned the goal’s secondary assist.
Sixteen seconds later, the Colts would connect again. Christopher Cameron fired a shot toward the net from the point, and after picking up the bouncing puck, Andrei Svechnikov fed Aaron Luchuk in front of the net, who was able to lift the puck past Dylan Wells.
Barrie’s barrage of the score board continued at 5:16. The play was initiated by a tic-tac-toe setup between Jaden Peca, Ben Hawerchuk, and Jason Willms. After a great pad save by Wells on Willms’ first shot, he buried his own rebound to extend the Colts’ lead to 3-0.
The Petes were sent to two consecutive power plays as TJ Fergus was penalized for hooking followed by an unsportsmanlike call on Keane, but Peterborough’s seventh-ranked couldn’t convert on the chance. Austin Osmanski and Svechnikov received unsportsmanlike infractions of their own after a battle along the boards.
Despite being outshot 16-10 by the Petes in the first, the Colts left the ice with a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes.
The Petes finally cracked the score board ten seconds into the middle frame. After winning the period’s opening faceoff, Semyon Der-Arguchintsev skated into Barrie’s zone, split the defencemen, and left the puck on the doorstep for Nikita Korostelev to tap into the net.
After speeding down the ice on a two on one with Pavel Gogolev, Nick Robertson brought the Petes within one at 1:26. Gogolev lobbed a puck in the air right to Robertson’s stick, and after a deke around Edmonds, backhanded the puck into the cage.
The Colts killed off another penalty, this time a slashing call against Christopher Cameron, before Dmitry Sokolov went to work. Luchuk sent the puck across the ice to Sokolov as he sped down the wing, and although he had Svechnikov with him, chose to shoot. Fergus picked up an assist on the play, as well.
Adrien Beraldo was penalized for a check from behind, sending the Colts to their first man advantage opportunity of the game. Sokolov picked up the puck along the boards before skating into the slot, then fired a shot over Wells’ blocker at 11:42 to restore Barrie’s three goal lead, 5-2.
With 13 shots on net by each club in the frame, Peterborough continued to lead the shot clock, 29-23.
A major penalty for kneeing against Tyler Tucker presented the Petes with a five minute power play that carried over into the third period, but Barrie’s penalty killers continued to work effectively. Their work continued as the Colts received a too many men penalty just over three minutes into the final period.
Although they couldn’t capitalize with an extra attacker, the Petes got back on the board at 7:20. The play started with Matt McNamara keeping the puck in at the Barrie blue line. He dumped the puck into the zone to Brady Hinz, who found Adam Timleck skating into the slot.
Osmanski was handed his second two minute call of the night, this time for hooking, but his teammates were able to kill the penalty without issue.
Fergus, who had already collected two assists on the night, added salt to the wound by scoring an empty netter with 1:08 left to play.
Determined to end the game on a positive note, Logan DeNoble netted his 29th goal of the season with Chad Denault in the box for tripping. Cole Fraser was credited with an assist.
Final shots were 41-29 in favour of the Petes.
The Petes head north to Sudbury to face the Wolves on Sunday at 2:00pm, and are back on the PMC ice for the second-last time in the regular season against the North Bay Battalion on Thursday, March 15 at 7:05pm. Trans Canada Nissan are giving fans a chance to win a free car at the game! Tickets are available starting at $8 through the Collins Barrow PMC Box Office, online or, by phone at (705) 743-3561.
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