The Petes didn’t get the finish they were hoping for in their third game of a Western Conference road trip, falling 3-2 to the Spirit in Saginaw, Michigan on Sunday evening.
Sophomore forward Semyon Der-Arguchintsev opened scoring for the Petes 10:24 into the game. A Spirit defenceman centred the puck, and with netminder Evan Cormier unable to corral it, Der-Arguchintsev slid the puck behind his pads to make it 1-0 Petes. Bobby Dow and Austin Osmanski were credited with helpers on the play.
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The Spirit were poised to get the goal back, though, when Cole Coskey picked up a rebound off of Brady Gilmour’s initial shot to tie the game at 1. Daniil Vertiy added the goal’s secondary assist.
The teams would exchange overlapping penalties in the closing minutes of the frame, but neither team was able to convert on the man advantage.
Chris Paquette had a shorthanded chance to take back the lead after picking the pocket of a Saginaw blueliner, but Cormier stood tall to keep the game tied at 1 at the end of 20 minutes. Shots were 10-7 in favour of the Petes after the first.
The middle frame started the way the first ended, with overlapping penalties for each team. Again, both teams failed to find the back of the net with the extra man, so the game remain tied.
The Spirit would take their third infraction of the game, and finally the Petes were able to profit. Set up in Saginaw’s zone, Matt Timms passed the puck parallel to the blue line to Nikita Korostelev, who let a rocket go from the point that Logan DeNoble tipped in to restore their lead.
Late in the period, it was great passing in tight by Saginaw that led to 2016 OHL Priority Selection first round pick Blade Jenkins netting his first OHL career goal. Hayden Davis and Damien Giroux collected assists on the milestone marker.
Peterborough continued to out-shoot their opposition, leading 18-15 on the shot clock through 40 minutes of play.
Saginaw opened the third period with a minute remaining on a power play carried over from the middle frame, however, the Petes’ penalty killing unit was up to the task and kept the Spirit at bay.
Although not officially a power play goal, just one second after Osmanski came out of the box off a slashing call, Coskey scored his second of the game to give Saginaw their first lead of the game at a score of 3-2. Marcus Crawford earned the first assist, while Davis added his second of the night.
With a Spirit player in the penalty box, DeNoble nearly potted the equalizer if not for a stellar save by Cormier.
The Petes continued to battle in the closing minutes of the game. The Spirit took their second delay of game penalty of the night with 2:02 remaining.
After gaining possession on the ensuing faceoff, Hunter Jones left his net so that Peterborough could add the extra attacker, to no avail.
Peterborough out-shot the Spirit 27-23 in the loss. Jones stopped 20 of 23 shots.
The Petes come away from the weekend’s Western Conference road trip with two of six possible points. They’ll be out for revenge on Thursday, October 26 at 7:05pm when the Spirit visit Peterborough for the only time this season. Game tickets are available starting at $8 through the Collins Barrow PMC Box Office, online or, by phone at (705) 743-3561.