Following a moving Remembrance Day ceremony honouring Canadian veterans, the Petes hit the ice for the third battle of the season with the 2018 OHL Champion Hamilton Bulldogs. Looking to redeem themselves on home ice after losing 7-1 the last time the Bulldogs were in town, the Petes put up a valiant effort which included being the first on the board but were unable to hold off a 3-1 Hamilton comeback victory.
Even Canadian skating legends Tessa Virtue, Scott More, Elvis Stojko and friends couldn’t bring enough luck to the PMC on Saturday night.
The opening period came and went without so much as a goal passing either side’s netminder, even though the Bulldogs hammered Peterborough’s Hunter Jones with an increasing number of shots. None of their shots penetrated, but it would be the visiting team in control of the shot clock after the first 20 minutes (14-8) while the score sat at a steady 0-0.
A late 4-on-4 situation in the second opened up a number of breakaway chances for the home team with both Nick Isaacson and Austin Osmanski sending hard rockets on the Bulldogs’ Zachary Roy, although neither would make it past the goaltender. Hamilton would have even less luck breaking through Jones.
With 4:20 remaining it was the Petes who finally broke through and claimed the first point of the night as Adam Timleck was be assisted by Isaacson and Semyon Der-Arguchintsev to mark the board 1-0 in favour of the home team.
The clubs would go to the dressing rooms after 40 with the Petes leading by a single goal while the Bulldogs held the shot clock 25-22.
The Bulldogs came back to tie the score early in the 3rd as Avery Hayes was assisted by Liam Stevens and Kade Landry to bypass Jones and equalize the match-up at an even 1-1.
Before Hayes could finish celebrating his tie-maker the boys from the Hammer rose the stakes again when Colorado Avalanche prospect Brandon Saigeon was helped by Arthur Kaliyev to score the second for the Bulldogs, taking the lead by 2-1.
With 16 seconds to kill, an empty netter from Nicolas Mattinen assisted by Zachary Jackson would solidify Hamilton’s victory.
Peterborough would continue its streak of challenging match-ups against the Bulldogs as Hamilton claimed the second PMC meeting of the season 3-1.
Roy, Jones and Saigeon were named the games first, second and third stars, while Brady Hinz was named Mark’s Hardest Working Player of the Game.
Final shots were 39-36 in favour of the Petes.
The Petes continue their stand at the PMC on Thursday, November 15 when they play the Owen Sound Attack at 7:05pm. Tickets are available through the Collins Barrow Box Office in person, over the phone at (705) 743-3561, and online.
The specialty plaid jerseys worn during November 1’s Plaid Night game are still available for purchase via online auction in support of United Way Peterborough & District. Bidding begins to close at 7:00pm ET on Friday, November 16