Lorentz Scores Four Straight in Win as Petes Move Into First Place

For the second time this weekend, a Central Division opponent visited the PMC. After Thursday’s thrilling OT win against Mississauga, the Petes fell into a 3-0 hole, but came back with five straight tallies in the third period (including four by Steve Lorentz) to win the game 5-3 and overtake Oshawa for first place in the Eastern Conference.

In the first period, North Bay were rolling from the top, making Dylan Wells work with a blizzard of shots. The Edmonton Oilers prospect was hot, as usual, but he couldn’t stop ’em all, as Justin Brazeau scored low-blocker from Adam McMaster and Adam Thilander at 10:23.

The Petes’ second half was exponentially better than their first, as Julian Sime was the busier of the two keepers, but the maroon & white couldn’t score, and the Battalion led 1-0 after one. The shots on goal were 13-8 for North Bay.

Period two was even better for the Troops, as they added two goals (Forhan from Chenier & Peterborough-native Ball; McKenzie from Saban and Harland) to extend the lead to 3-0. The Petes were completely out of sorts in the second stanza, and found themselves in a hole heading into the third frame, with North Bay also leading 26-18 in shots.

The Petes have been nothing but a third period team this season, and that was once again the case on Saturday night. After buzzing around Sime for several minutes, it was Matyas Svoboda who got the train on the tracks for the electric city squad. Zach Gallant and Brandon Prophet had assists on the goal 2:36 into the period.

Semyon Der-Arguchintsev and Steve Lorentz were the heroes mid-way through the period for the home team. SDA and Adam Timleck hooked up to find Lorentz for a beautiful breakaway goal just two minutes after Svoboda’s, and the Waterloo overager netted the game-tying goal from the Russian youngster and Kyle Jenkins at the 8:40 mark.

North Bay had a bit of a resurgence through the middle of the period, but after drawing a penalty, the Petes made quick work of their third powerplay of the game. The goal scorer? None other than Steve Lorentz, who finished his natural hat-trick with assists to Nikita Korostelev (who still has a point in every game as a Pete) and Matt Timms.

With under five minutes to play, the Petes went into shutdown mode and closed the game out, but not before Lorentz scored his fourth straight goal (also assisted by Korostelev), to seal the 5-3 win and first place in the Eastern Conference. The final shots on goal were 38-32 for the Battalion.

The first, second, and third stars of the game were Lorentz, Korostelev, and Der-Arguchintsev, respectively, with Matt Spencer earning Mark’s hardest working player of the game honours.

Peterborough heads North for the annual Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, North Bay trip next weekend, and returns home on Thursday, February 2 when the high-flying Erie Otters come to the Peterborough Memorial Centre. 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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