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Petes and Colts Need Overtime to Determine Conference Leader
Kenneth Andersen & Jess van Staalduinen

After a tough loss to the CHL-leading Sarnia Sting on Thursday night, the Petes returned to action in a Saturday night showdown against the Barrie Colts. With a 5-4 overtime win, the Petes took sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference.

Both Barrie and Peterborough were missing key performers, with top NHL Draft prospect Andrei Svechnikov the most notable absentee for the away squad, while Peterborough’s roster lacked captains Logan DeNoble and Zach Gallant among others up front. Despite the shortened benches, offence was not scarce in the first period.

Just 2:43 into the opening twenty, Justin Murray netted a powerplay marker assisted by Joey Keane and Jaden Peca. Four minutes and two penalties later, Nikita Korostelev used his red-hot stick to even the score, finding the top corner over Leo Lazarev’s goofy-side glove from Matt Timms with 13:23 on the timer.

The cross-division rivals continued to battle, and the officials continued to work their shoulder muscles, through the rest of the first period. All-in-all, nine penalties were called in the first twenty, with Keane scoring from Murray at 13:09 to put the Horsemen up 2-1 to end the first. Shots on goal after one were 14-12 in Barrie’s favour.

Through the first half of the second period, Wells and Lazarev had taken control of the game. The crease keepers created constant consternation among attackers, and it wasn’t until 7:37 on the clock that the Petes tied it up. Although the men in stripes needed a second look to make sure, Chris Paquette scored on the powerplay from Korostelev and Jonathan Ang at 12:23 to tie the game.

With the score knotted at 2-2, and Peterborough ahead 28-24 on the shot clock, the squads took the ice for period three. The Petes took two consecutive penalties five minutes into the set, but an aggressive penalty kill kept the score tied.

Good defence turned to dynamic offence, and with just under ten minutes on the clock, Jonathan Ang streaked down the ice and drew a penalty shot. With a beautiful d’Ang’le, the Petes took the lead.

The Colts weren’t about to relent, though, tying the game on a nice unassisted snipe from Jaden Peca. It was Jonny’s period, though, as the Florida Panthers prospect scored with a seeing-eye point shot from Korostelev and Timms.

With his third of the season, Kade Landry scored another unassisted goal with 1:15 to play, tying the game yet again, and forcing overtime.

In the extra session, Dylan Wells turned aside a few early Colts chances, allowing his teammates to create a gorgeous game-winning goal. After Ang battled his way below the goal line, he found Chris Paquette in the high slot for the game-winner.

The final shots on goal were 36-35 for the Petes.

Third Star: Murray (10)

Second Star: Korostelev (25)

First Star: Ang (21)

Hardest Working Player: Black (3)

The Petes wrap up the weekend in Mississauga against the Steelheads on Sunday, November 5 at 2:00pm, and are off next Thursday as Jonny Ang and Dylan Wells head to Owen Sound to take part in the CIBC Canada Russia series.

Game tickets for the home game (and free Russelle Toyota Skate with the Petes) next Sunday, November 12 against the Kingston Frontenacs are available starting at $8 through the Collins Barrow PMC Box Office, online, or by phone at (705) 743-3561.

Nov 4 game box score screen

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