Petes End Pre-Season Showcase With 4-1 Loss to Memorial Cup Champs
For the third consecutive game, the opposing team opened scoring on the Peterborough Petes. Windsor headed home with a 4-1 victory, while the Petes finished the weekend with a 1-2 record.
Windsor’s Cole Purboo found Mathew MacDougall to register the first goal just 44 seconds into the game.
Chad Denault recorded the first faux pas of the game on a tripping call, but Peterborough’s penalty killing specialists were able to hold Windsor at bay through their man-advantage.
The first frame was a physical one despite each team playing their third of three games in as many days. The Spits led on both the score and shot clock, outshooting the Petes 10-5 at a score of 1-0.
The Petes were handed their first power play of the game when Zach Gallant found himself on the unfortunate side of a high stick. Peterborough managed to tighten the shot gap, but couldn’t find the back of the net.
Midway through the second period, Spitfire William Sirman rifled a shot from the point, and much to his chagrin, Cole Fraser’s stick redirected the puck past rookie netminder Blake Curran to put the opposition up 2-0.
Adam Timleck added to his pre-season points total when, on a 5-on-3, sophomore forward Semyon Der-Arguchintsev fed him in the slot to cut Windsor’s lead in half.
Adrien Beraldo begrudgingly headed to the penalty box after being called for holding. The Spits didn’t take the power play opportunity for granted when Sirman tallied his second of the game. Purboo recorded his second assist of the night, while MacDougall added his second point.
Trailing 3-1, the Petes managed to tighten the gap on the shot clock, ending the second period with 17 shots to Windsor’s 20.
With little excitement in the first 10 minutes of the third, the Spitfires were able to add to their lead when Igor Larionov finished a play from Jake Smith and Tyler Angle while Nick Robertson sat for tripping.
The third period was dominated by the Memorial Cup Champs, tallying 11 shots while the Petes recorded 3.
The Petes will host one home pre-season game on Thursday, September 14 at 7:05pm against the Oshawa Generals before their home opener on Thursday, September 21 at 7:05 pm against the Erie Otters.
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