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Petes Clinch Playoff Spot with 6-5 Win Over Troops

Kenneth Andersen & Jess Van Staalduinen

The Petes clinched a spot in the 2019 playoffs with a 6-5 win over the Battalion in North Bay on Sunday afternoon.

North Bay was the first team penalized as Theo Calvas was charged for hooking. His Battalion successfully killed of the penalty before he went on to score the game’s opening goal with assists to Justin Brazeau and Luke Burghardt at 5:36.

The Petes went on to kill three consecutive infractions before being awarded their second power play of the afternoon. On this man advantage Adam Timleck and Zach Gallant would move the puck quickly to Liam Kirk, and Kirk would tie the game at 1 with 10 seconds remaining in the frame.

The low-shooting first period came to a close with each team notching one on the scoreboard.

After hitting the ice for the second period, Kirk was quick to get the Petes their first lead of the game. Like they did moments earlier, Gallant and Timleck joined forces to get the puck to the Arizona Coyotes prospect as the maroon and white went up 2-1 at 3:41.

Brazeau scored the 55th goal of his overage campaign with rookie Petes net minder Austin turned around in his crease. Burghardt and Matthew Struthers assisted on the 6:02 goal that tied the game at 2.

More penalties followed, with the Petes assessed three penalties to a single North Bay charge. The Battalion continued to struggle on the power play, but just a few seconds after their sixth man advantage opportunity Mitchell Russell restored a one-goal lead for his club at 17:27. Mason Primeau and Patrick Brown were credited with assists on the play.

Timleck continued to make things happen for his Petes, earning his third assist of the afternoon after his rebound landed on the stick of Nick Robertson at 18:48 to tie the game at 3, with Chris Paquette also earning a helper.

The Battalion out shot the Petes 16-13 in the middle frame.

Milestone goals ensued for a pair of Petes as Timleck and Kirk each scored to give the crew clad in cream their first two goal lead of the match.

Combined with the three assists he registered earlier in the game, Timleck’s goal 2:46 into the final period marked the first four point game of his five season OHL career. Paquette and Robertson earned their second points on the night as well.

Kirk netted his third goal of the game, with assistance from Semyon Der-Arguchintsev and Declan Chisholm, a few minutes later at 5:38 to secure his first OHL hat trick and bringing the score to 5-3.

Calvas would score his second of the game at 6:59 to bring his Troops back within one.

An empty net goal from Cole Fraser at 18:17 would be deemed the game winner as he sent the puck down the ice after a save by Austin.

Matthew Struthers kept the Petes on their toes in the dying minutes of the game as he shrank Peterborough’s lead to 6-5 with 23 seconds left, but that was as close as the Battalion would get.

Final shots were 39-36 in favour of North Bay, with Tye Austin making 34 saves.

The Petes were 2/4 on the power play and 6/6 on the penalty kill.

Kirk, Timleck, and Calvas were named the game’s first, second, and third stars, respectively.

Having confirmed a spot in the post-season, 2019 Petes playoff tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, March 13 at 9:30am in person, over the phone at (705) 743-3681, and online. Season ticket members will have until 5:00pm the business day before the Petes’ first home playoff game to secure their seats.

The Petes finish the regular season with three games in three days. They host the Ottawa 67’s on Thursday, March 14 at 7:05pm and the Sudbury Wolves on Saturday, March 16 @7:05pm, with a visit to the nation’s capital on Friday, March 15 at 7:00pm. Tickets are available through the Baker Tilly Box Office in person, over the phone at (705) 743-3561, and online.

Help the Petes push for playoff positioning with a Playoff Push Flex Pack! For just $69.99 (tax included), fans will receive four regular bowl tickets, four popcorns, and four pops for any Petes home game in February or March. The regular price of this package is $125, which means fans save $55 on the special offer. Contact Mike at (705) 743-3681 x 263.

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