The Petes took the ice for the final time this season, facing off against the Hamilton Bulldogs in what was the last OHL game for two of the team’s alternate captains in Alex Black and Nikita Korostelev, as well as captain and Peterborough native Logan DeNoble. In the words of their departing captain the Petes were poised to “make the most of it no matter what.” DeNoble lead his squad with a goal and an assist, but the Petes would fall 5-3 to end the season.
Before the game started, the Petes recognized Gary “Booter” Parnell, who is retiring from a near-40 year career as City of Peterborough arena staff. Booter drove the Zamboni at Petes games for several decades, and took his last ride on Saturday night.
The first period started off slowly until Semyon Der-Arguchintsev opened the scoring for the home team with an assist from Adam Timleck and DeNoble. The celebration didn’t last long before Marian Studenic of the Bulldogs took the puck from Kade Landry moments after SDA’s faceoff and tied the game 1-1.
The Bulldogs’ celebration was impeded by Landry being called to the box for a 2 minute holding call as the two teams restored the back and forth momentum for another few minutes.
With very little action as the clock dropped into single digits the momentum was eventually broken by Studenic’s second goal of the night assisted by Jake Murray and Jack Hanley, which allowed Hamilton to seize the 2-1 lead.
As the clock hit 2 minutes remaining the Petes tied it up with a goal from Nick Robertson and Austin Osmanski to cut the deficit before the opening period wound down.
At the end of the first the Petes and Bulldogs were tied 2-2 with Hamilton leading 15-12 in shots.
The second period continued the momentum that the first had built as the puck traveled from end to end, but the action would appear to be fruitless until the Petes went on an early powerplay with the removal of Arthur Kaliyev for hooking. This gave Peterborough a chance to take a shot on Nick Donofrio which pinballed off both posts, but didn’t dent the scoreclock.
Your Petes would go on another powerplay moments after Kaliyev eventually returned as Brandon Saigeon took a whistle for the same reason as his teammate, putting the pressure on Hamilton which would pay off with Studenic’s third of the night unassisted and shorthanded to give the visiting team back the lead at 3-2.
With six minutes remaining Hamilton hit Dylan Wells again as Benjamin Gleason scored the Bulldogs’ fourth of the night with the assists of Zachary Jackson and Studenic to give them the two goal lead of 4-2 over the Petes.
40 minutes of play ended on a 4-2 Hamilton lead as they took command of the shots on goal 27-23
The early minutes of the third and final frame of play in the Petes season was punctuated by a number of whistles as both squads shuffled across the ice surface as the Bulldogs offensive squad took a few potshots at Wells, who was fast enough to stop them from sneaking past him.
The Petes nearly struck within one in the shuffle but after a review of the play it was called off as a “No Goal” and the score remained in favour of the boys from The Hammer, who were able to increase their already solid lead by one as Isaac Nurse sunk in a pass from Landry to make it 5-2.
Logan DeNoble scored what would end up being his 31st of the season and last ever in a Petes uniform to get the Liftlock Lads within two goals of retying the game at 5-3, Adam Timleck and Brady Hinz would honorably add apples to the captain’s final goal before the Petes called a short timeout to regroup.
The Petes would fall 5-3 to end their season and the OHL careers of three of their top men as the ‘Dogs took the final shot clock of the 2017-18 season 43-33.
The Mary Brown’s Chicken & Taters Three Stars of the Game were the three departing players:
1- Logan DeNoble
2- Nikita Korostelev
3- Alex Black
The Mark’s Hardest Working Player of the Game was Dylan Wells, who is signed by the Edmonton Oilers and has options to play professional hockey in 2018-19.
Next up for the Petes is the 2018 OHL Priority Selection on Saturday, April 7, where the Petes will pick third overall. The last time the team selected that high was in back-to-back seasons, picking Eric Cornel in 2012 and Matt Spencer in 2013.