Petes Fend Off Fronts

Ken Andersen & Jess Van Staalduinen

The Petes took a 2-0 season series lead with a narrow 4-3 win over the Kingston Frontenacs Friday night, wrapping up a perfect 2-0 weekend to earn 4 points in the standings.

An eager Kingston bench was penalized just over a minute into the game for having too many men on the ice. Peterborough would earn two infractions of their own in the front half of the frame, but were able to fend off Kingston’s power play unit.

Following their second power play of the game, Peterborough opened scoring for the first time in three games. Max Grondin, who was acquired from the Saginaw Spirit for a pair of picks earlier this week, potted his first as a Pete with assistance from Winnipeg Jetes prospect Declan Chisholm and Nick Isaacson.

A total of four minor penalties were dished out, two to each club, in a period with a lopsided shot count.

The middle frame took nearly 45 minutes to play, with multiple lengthy stoppages for the officials to review happenings on the ice.

Peterborough was successful on their first penalty kill of the period but wasn’t able to to kill off the next, allowing the Frontenacs to tie the game mid-way through the frame. After a few minutes of video review, Kingston’s power play marker from Brett Neumann was confirmed, tying the game at 1.

It took Kingston native Chris Paquette less than three minutes to restore his team’s lead. Arizona Coyotes prospect Liam Kirk fed him the puck, and as they skated into Kingston’s end, Paquette made the decision to fire the puck. Chisholm picked up his second assist of the night on the play.

The Eastern Conference’s tenth-ranked club wasn’t backing down, though, and again tied the game. After making Hunter Jones’ crossbar sing, a scramble in front eventually led to Matt Hotchkiss burying the loose puck to knot the score at 2.

The Petes, who were clad in cream opposite Kingston’s plaid theme jerseys, weren’t yet done adding to the score sheet. After a Nick Robertson shot was deflected high into the air, Cole Fraser was able to keep the puck in Kingston’s zone. Assessing his options, Fraser opted to place a wrist shot on net which fooled Bonello and restored Peterborough’s lead.

A much more balanced, but long-winded, frame saw the maroon and white head to off the ice with a 3-2 advantage on the score clock.

The only dent on the score sheet in the first half of the third period was a Kingston infraction. Peterborough managed three shots on their third power play of the evening but weren’t able to convert.

Former assistant coach and Petes alumnus Kurtis Foster called his netminder to the bench with just over two minutes left on the clock. With what would be the eventual game winner, Paquette put away his second goal of the game into Kingston’s empty net to extend Peterborough’s lead to 4-2.

Still with an extra attacker, the hard-working Fronts brought themselves back within 1 when Luke Drewitt scored with 1:19 left to play.

The Petes fought off the Front for the final seconds of the frame to hold on for a 4-3 victory over their division rivals.

Final shots were 31-27 in favour of the Petes.

Chisholm, Neumann and Paquette were named the game’s first, second and third stars, respectively.

The Petes will be back at the PMC on Tuesday, November 6 to play host to the Kitchener Rangers at 7:05pm. Tickets are available through the Collins Barrow Box Office in person, over the phone at (705) 743-3561, and online.

Specialty plaid jerseys worn during Thursday, November 1’s game are now available for purchase via online auction in support of United Way Peterborough & District. Bidding begins to close to 7:00pm ET on Friday, November 16.

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