The Petes were unable to build off a Thursday win, falling 4-1 to the rival Generals in Oshawa on Friday night.
Both goaltenders were tested early in the opening frame, facing shots through traffic. For just the third time this season, the opposing team opened the game’s scoring. After projected first round NHL pick Allan McShane hit the crossbar, fellow prospect Serron Noel buried the rebound to score his eighth goal of the season. Oshawa took the 1-0 lead at 11:20 in the first.
Zach Gallant nearly found the equalizer late in the frame, ringing the puck off the post, but the teams would head to their rooms with the Generals still leading 1-0.
The period was a disciplined one – neither team took a penalty. Shots were 15-11 in favour of the home team after 20 minutes of play.
Oshawa dominated the first half of the middle frame, outshooting the Petes 9-2. It looked as though the Petes were about to clear their zone when the puck was coughed up in the slot. Kenny Huether tallied his eighth of the season on the misplay, while Renars Krastenbergs added the assist at 4:26.
Following the TV timeout, Bobby Dow had the team’s best scoring chance to that point, but Kyle Keyser kicked the puck away with his left pad.
At 15:40 in the second period, the Petes finally found the board. John Parker-Jones tipped in a Declan Chisholm point shot to record his first OHL goal. Chris Paquette was credited with the goal’s second helper.
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With 22 seconds left in the middle stanza, Noel and McShane played out a textbook give-and-go to restore Oshawa’s two-goal lead. Noel’s second of the night was also assisted by Matt Brassard.
The Gens continued to lead in shots, firing 14 shots in the period toward Wells, while the Petes managed 8 shots on Keyser with the scored at 3-1.
Any fans of either team knew full well that a game between the rival clubs wouldn’t end without some penalties, but it took more than 45 minutes for the first infractions of the game to take place.
While playing four-on-four hockey, Krastenbergs added what would be Oshawa’s final goal of the game. McShane collected his third assist of the night, while William Ennis earned the secondary assist.
An exchanged pair of tripping calls followed, but both clubs’ penalty killing units were perfect through the odd-man play. An additional Petes penalty was handed out with 26 seconds left to play.
The shot clock read 37-25 in favour of the Generals at the end of the game.
Noel, McShane and Krastenbergs were named the game’s first, second and third stars.
The Petes return home for a 2:05pm matinee on Sunday against the Hamilton Bulldogs. All fans with a game ticket are invited to take part in a post-game Russelle Toyota Skate with the Petes. Game tickets are available starting at $8 through the Collins Barrow PMC Box Office, online or, by phone at (705) 743-3561.