Veterans Jonathan Ang and Adam Timleck each recorded two goals and one assist in the team’s 6-3 win over the Kitchener Rangers, evening their pre-season record.
In a game filled with infractions, Kitchener was sent to the first power play of the game after 2017 CHL Import selection Gleb Babintsev interfered with a Ranger at centre ice. The Petes’ penalty kill squad had a strong showing and didn’t allow a shot against.
The Petes were quickly rewarded with a power play of their own but couldn’t find the back of the net.
The Rangers got a power play chance right back when there were too many maroon jerseys on the ice. Riley Damiani was able to finish a centering down-low pass from Eric Guest to open scoring. Joseph Gareffa earned the second assist on the play.
Fresh off their previous man advantage, Kitchener’s power play unit was back in action, however the Petes’ penalty killers were able to once again limit the opposing team’s shots to zero.
It was Detroit Red Wings prospect Zach Gallant that evened the scoring late in the frame. With one hand on his stick, Gallant cut to the slot from the outside, crashed the net, and lifted the puck short side over Kitchener’s Lucas Pfeil. Chad Denault recorded the only assist.
The teams exchanged another set of penalties to open the second frame, but both clubs’ penalty killing specialists continued to prove strong.
On another power play attempt, Declan Chishom head-faked as he released a laser from the point off a centering pass from Pavel Gogolev. Adam Timleck redirected the shot past Pfeil to give the Petes their first lead of the weekend.
With 2:18 remaining in the middle stanza, Jonathan Ang found himself on a short breakaway. He lifted the puck up and over Pfeil to widen the scoring gap, sending the team’s to their rooms with the Petes up 3-1.
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Peterborough’s power players were sent to battle a few minutes into the third period. Chris Paquette buried what would be the game-winning goal after Gallant backhanded an Ang pass from the side of the net to the slot.
Kitchener answered back just 22 seconds later to cut the Petes’ lead in half. Jonathan Yantsis finished a passing play from Rickard Hugg and Connor Hall.
Timleck was eager to restore the team’s 3-goal lead. Sent in on a short breakaway, he deked and fooled Pfeil to bring the score to 5-2.
The Rangers called back when Liam Peyton picked up a loose puck just outside of Wells’ crease. Kyle Gentles and Giovanni Vallati earned the assists on the play.
Ang recorded his second goal and third point of the night when his quick stride put him ahead of Kitchener’s defenders while on the penalty kill. Jonny made no mistake, sliding the puck between the post and Pfeil’s left pad to bring the game to a final score of 6-3 for the Petes.
The third of three OHL Pre-Season Showcase games for the Electric City Kids goes tomorrow at 4:00pm, when they’ll face the defending Memorial Cup Champion Windsor Spitfires.
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