The Petes had trouble getting the offense going in their first game after the holiday hiatus on Friday evening, falling 6-1 to the Frontenacs in Kingston.
The maroon and white picked up where they left off before the break and opened scoring on the second half of the season. After starting the break out, Adam Timleck finished off a passing play from Matt McNamara and Nick Robertson by putting the puck between his legs and past Brendan Bonello.
The Frontenacs would kill off a penalty, and the Petes two, before finding the equalizer with just under a minute to play in the opening period. After the puck was coughed up in the neutral zone in the midst of a Petes power play, Ryan Cranford picked up the puck and moved it ahead to Tyler Burnie. Burnie skated alone into Peterborough’s end and raised the puck over Hunter Jones’ blocker.
The score reflected the balanced play through the first 20 minutes, though Peterborough held a lead on the shot clock.
The second frame was ultimately controlled by the home team, scoring four goals in ten minutes.
They took the game’s lead 8:10 into the stanza when Anthony Aguanno, who dropped the puck off at the blue line for his teammate, buried a Burnie rebound.
Cranford added what would be the insurance marker at 14:09 after picking up the puck from Ian Derungs and releasing a low wrist shot from the top of the left circle.
Kingston’s fourth goal came compliments of Dawson Baker. With lots of Petes battling for the puck in the corner, Luke Drewitt escaped the commotion with the puck on his stick before sliding it to Baker so he could rifle it past Jones’ glove.
Their final tally of the term was the result of a long pass down the middle of the ice Billy Constantinou to Cranford in the slot, who dished the puck to Kingston’s leading scorer, Brett Neumann, for his 25th of the season.
The teams headed to their rooms after 40 minutes of play with Kingston in command on all fronts.
Tye Austin replaced Jones in the Petes’ net to start the third period, marking his eighth appearance this season.
The Frontenacs got one of their fifteen third period shots behind Austin while on a four minute man advantage. The puck bounced off the stick of Neumann and to Ian Derungs in the slot at 6:22.
Final shots were 40-21 in favour of the Frontenacs. Cranford, Burnie, and Derungs were named the game’s first, second, and third stars, respectively.
The Petes, who won 7 of their last 10 games before the break, will look to get back to their winning ways on Saturday, December 29 at 7:05pm when they host the Mississauga Steelheads at the Peterborough Memorial Centre. Tickets are available through the Collins Barrow Box Office in person, over the phone at (705) 743-3561, and online.
Petes Holiday Flex Packs are still available while supplies last. For just $59.99 (tax included), fans will receive two Petes holiday mugs, two $2 Tim Hortons Tim Cards, and four flexible ticket vouchers to be used for any Petes game between December 29, 2018 and January 30, 2019 (eight games). The regular price of this package is $118, which means fans save almost 50% on the special offer. Contact Mike at (705) 743-3681 x 263.