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Petes Beat League’s Best in Nation’s Capital

Jess Van Staalduinen

For the second night in a row between the Petes and 67’s, the visiting team took the win in overtime. After earning a point against the league leaders on Thursday, it was the maroon and white who headed home with two points after a 3-2 extra time victory.

As was the case the night prior, the Petes were the first to get on the scoreboard. Chris Paquette, playing in his final regular season road game, centered the puck to set Nick Robertson up for his 27th goal of the year at 14:47.

The Petes trailed the 67’s slightly through 20 minutes of play, 14-11.

Ottawa was assessed the first infraction of the game, but was able to keep the Petes at bay.

Kevin Bahl, who scored Ottawa’s second game tying goal on Thursday night, would even the score at 1 at 10:45. Tye Felhaber and Marco Rossi combined to move the puck to Bahl on the point before he walked the blue line and sent the puck past Tye Austin.

Peterborough’s eagerness to restore the lead was aided by a 67’s infraction. After circling the zone and a shot attempt, Ryan Merkley retrieved his rebound and dropped the puck to Robertson. Gallant jumped on Robertson’s rebound, bringing the score to 2-1 for the Petes at 12:42 with his 13th goal of the year.

Despite leading on the shot clock, the 67’s found themselves down 2-1 to the Petes after 40 minutes for the second night in a row.

The clubs exchanged a handful of penalties in the first half of the frame, seeing the 67’s escape with a man advantage on a delay of game call. Sasha Chmelevski would convert for his league-leading club, returning the score to a tie at 9:39 with assists to Lucas Chiodo and Austen Keating.

Peterborough couldn’t capitalize on a late charge against the 67’s, sending the division rivals to extra time for the second time in 24 hours.

It took just 37 seconds of extra time for the Petes to claim their victory. Declan Chisholm took off down the ice, passing the puck across to Adam Timleck. Timleck sent a shot over a sprawling 67’s defender and beat Cedrick Andree blocker side to send the Petes home with 2 points.

Final shots were 47-28 in favour of the 67’s. The Petes were 1/4 on the power play and 2/3 on the penalty kill.

Timleck, Austin, and Chmelevski were named the game’s first, second, and third stars, respectively.

The win boosts the Petes past the Mississauga Steelheads into fifth place in the Eastern Conference.

The maroon and white return home for a potential first round match up preview with the Sudbury Wolves on Saturday, March 16 at 7:05pm at the Peterborough Memorial Centre. Tickets for Saturday’s game, as well as playoff tickets for home games 1 and 2, are available through the Baker Tilly Box Office in person, over the phone at (705) 743-3561, and online.

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