For the eighth time this season, the Petes and Oshawa Generals squared off before the playoffs get underway on Thursday night. Heading into the game, the Petes had already locked up first place in the Eastern Conference, and the Generals rode a great performance by Riley Stillman to a 4-2 win.
The Generals had more jump in the opening period, and five minutes into the game Riley Stillman – a Peterborough native – opened the scoring in front of the sold out Trib Centre with a blast from the point assisted by Domenic Commisso.
Stillman’s fellow Florida Panthers prospect, Jonathan Ang, looked to tie the game just a few minutes later as he blew around the defenders on the right wing and beat Kyle Keyser. After a review, the referees determined that the puck hit the crossbar and the far post before bouncing out.
Oshawa’s lead would be eliminated before the period was up, though, as Pavel Gogolev scored with a top-corner blast from Nick Isaacson and Matt Spencer. The score after the first period was 1-1 with the Petes up 8-6 in shots.
The second period saw Stillman score his second of the night just 43 seconds into the frame, this time from Grayden Gottschalk, extending the home squad’s lead to 2-1. The mighty maroon and white trailed after two periods in an evenly matched game (the Petes were up 18-16 in shots, but they would eventually respond, as Ang and Declan Chisholm hooked up to tie the tilt by finding Zach Gallant in front of the net. Two periods in the books,
With the score tied at 2-2 for most of the third period, it seemed that overtime would be needed to settle the last game of the regular season, but after Semyon Der-Arguchintsev took the first penalty of his OHL career (63 games), Stillman scored his hat trick goal on a dandy deke and shot. Jack Studnicka and Danil Antropov had assists on the goal with 3:09 to play, and with the Petes net empty just minutes later, Jack Studnicka scored for the Gens in his final OHL regular season game from Commisso and Mason Kohn.
Oshawa skated away with a 4-2 win and 29-23 shot advantage. Scott Smith made 26 saves in the loss, while Keyser stopped 21 of 23.
With the final season complete, and the Petes holding the first seed in the Eastern Conference, the playoffs get underway on Thursday against the Niagara IceDogs. Tickets for games one and two are 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.