DeNoble’s Career Night Leads Petes’ Offensive Explosion

Kenneth Andersen & Jess Van Staalduinen

The maroon and white entered the win column again on Saturday night, following their losing-streak-snapping Thursday night with a 6-2 win over the 67’s on November 13 in front of a season-high 3,580 fans at the Memorial Centre.

Tonight’s #Petes lines:
Gogolev-Gallant-Hinz // Black-McNamara
DeNoble-Der-Arguchintsev-Korostelev // Osmanski-Timms
Robertson-Paquette-Isaacson // Babintsev-Fraser

Local boy Logan DeNoble (1 goal, 3 assists) and Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (3 assists) tied career highs in points on Saturday night, leading the Petes to their second straight win. It was the first multi-win streak, and the first 6+ goal output by the Petes since November.

DeNoble, Korostelev and Der-Arguchintsev started the on-ice battle against the nation’s capital early on, setting the tone of the game as one with speed and more shots than those played previously.

At 5:30, the captain nearly saw the first goal of the game, angling a dump in to the Mem Centre’s wonky boards, as a pass back to himself and quick shot against Olivier Tremblay just failed to tickle twine.

Unfortunately this was followed up by a goaltender interference penalty on DeNoble. The man disadvantage didn’t damage the Petes’ energy as Chris Paquette turned a 67’s blue line breakdown into a break away, drawing a penalty against Mitchell Hoelscher and creating some four on four hockey.

Another power play was rewarded to the Petes seconds after Hoelscher escaped the sin bin, following a high stick by Nikita Okhotyuk. Although no goals were seen in the second round of five on four, the maroon and white’s play showed promise, with rockets rolling off the sticks of rookie Nick Robertson, and Koro.

Zach Gallant and Travis Barron were each sent to the penalty box at 12:11, however Barron was disciplined with additional time for instigating and the game misconduct. Shortly after, the Electric City Kids outnumbered the 67’s by two skaters, when Quinn Yule joined Barron in the penalty box for hitting captain DeNoble from behind.

It was not long into the two man advantage, when Der-Arguchintsev fed the puck to the veteran Korostelev in the slot, who sniped the puck past Tremblay: 1-0 for the hometown boys. Chris Paquette followed suit, seconds after puck drop, tallying the next power play goal after posting himself in front of the net to bury a rebound.

The Petes would enter the second period with a two goal advantage, but were penalty killing following Matt McNamara’s delay of game.

Although the hometown boys  successfully kept the barber-poles scoreless after the second period-opening power play, they were unable to to keep them off the score board during the next round of penalty killing.

While Gleb Babintsev sat in the penalty box for interference, Ottawa put their foot on the pedal and capitalized with the extra skater, when Carter Robertson ripped one from the point to the stick of Kody Clark and past Dylan Wells.

Ottawa had a turn of 5 on 3 when Gallant joined Cole Fraser- who previously sat for roughing- in the penalty box, nevertheless persistence from Alex Black, Paquette and Babintsev prevented the 67’s from their second goal of the evening.

The period ended with back to back collapses in the Petes defensive end that nearly saw the 67’s with their second of the game, however Well’s post allowed the maroon and white to maintain a one goal lead.

The third period was initiated by a goal from Gally who wheeled right from center face off into the 67’s defensive end and snuck a wide angled shot past Tremblay, making the score: 3-2.

The third period was a much different story for the Petes from the second. The lift lock lads began to put all pucks on net as they entered the offensive end, and it paid off.

DeNoble was fed a cross ice pass from Korostelev, that was converted into a break away and one handed goal from the Petes captain. Roles were swapped twenty seconds later, as a pass from DeNoble was translated into a bullet from Koro and his second goal of the evening.

The score gap was stretched even further at 9:40, when Paquette caught Tremblay on the opposite side of the net, turning a cross crease pass from Pavel Gogolev into the Petes sixth of the evening.

Although the Petes continued to dominate the final period the 67’s tallied their second of the night at 18:07, when Oliver True’s low shot beat Wells. Nonetheless, the Petes kept the lead and secured a 6-2 win.

Jan. 13 Box Score

First Star: DeNoble (28)

Second Star: Korostelev (25)

Third Star: Wells (30)

Hardest Working: Gallant (11)

The Petes hit the road, Sunday January 14, for an afternoon game against the North Bay Battalion at 2:05 pm, returning to the Memorial Centre Thursday January 18, for a Robertson brother matchup.

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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