The Petes were able to snap a ten-game losing skid with a thrilling 4-3 shootout victory over the visiting North Bay Battalion on Saves 4 CF Night on Saturday.
Donning their maroon and white third jersey for only the second time at home this season, the Liftlock Lads looked to take the victory, and their sixth consecutive Saves 4 CF win, with a snap to the skid that the Battalion had started all those weeks ago. With Adam Timleck, Nick Isaacson, Cole Fraser, and Alex Black all out of the lineup, it looked like the Petes were in for another shorthanded night.
No major bombshells were made to open the first period until the Battalion hit the scoreboard to make their presence known. A bullet from Matthew Struthers off of Justin Brazeau and Luke Burghardt brought the first point in favour of the visitors. While a number of strong hits brought various members of both squads to their knees, it wasn’t much of a physical back and forth between both ends of the rink with the majority of the stumbles simply seeming to come from ice conditions.
The first Peterborough power play call came when Riley Bruce took a tripping call. The absence gave the Petes a short boost of momentum and allowed Nick Robertson to pot his ninth of the season off a pass between Nikita Korostelev and Matthew Timms, which tied the game before the 10 minute mark at one a piece.
The first frame dropped into single digits with little action following Robertson’s tying shot, aside from an applause-worthy sliding save from Dylan Wells to stop what could have been North Bay’s second goal. The game carried a consistent back and forth until the maroon and white overtook Christian Propp yet again, as Logan Denoble and Semyon Der-Arguchintsev gave Nikita Korostelev a belated birthday present of a shiny puck, which he fired into the Battalion net to bring the score to 2-1 in favour of the hometown team.
The excitement of the lead wound down with DeNoble heading to the box for the final two minutes on a high sticking penalty. The Petes would go on the Penalty Kill for the last minute of play to compensate for the loss of their captain, with Wells making yet another strong dive to hold the two points in favour of his team.
The opening period came to a close at a 2-1 score for the Petes, but a massive 25-6 lead on the shot clock for the Battalion.
The second period got underway with the same level of physicality as the first. Both teams were making use of their bodies, enough that Brazeau was called for a high stick in the opening minute, giving the Petes their first power play of the second frame. Wells made another showstopping save, on a night in which saves weren’t in short supply, as the Battalion attempted to crack through the Edmonton Oilers prospect to no avail.
As the Battalion battered the St. Catharines-born netminder with a flurry of shots, the Petes lost Zach Gallant to a slashing call. It was Brad Chenier with a couple of passes from Nick King and Riley Bruce who finally found a crack in the wall and potted the tying goal to return the scoreboard to a match at 2-2. Following the North Bay goal, the Petes took their third short detention of the night with a holding call removing Adrien Beraldo for two minutes.
The last five minutes went down with the Petes getting back on the power play as King went down for a hooking call. The period would end with the double point tie holding strong, with North Bay remaining in control of the shot clock, staying high at 41-20 to kill 40 minutes.
The third opened the same way the second ended, with King’s penalty winding down. The Petes were able to start off against a shorthanded group of Battalion, and although it would allow them to take three shots on, Propp nothing would change on the scoreboard.
North Bay would give the Petes another power play chance as they lost Braden Henderson for tripping. They took advantage with a flurry of shots, but would find that both Propp and his defence squad were on the ball to kill off Henderson’s absence and pull back to even strength.
With 12 minutes to go, a final crack in Propp’s armour was possibly found, as the Petes launched their third of the night past the Troops goaltender.
After a nail-biting review of the play, Brady Hinz, Matt McNamara, and SDA were awarded the thumbs up and the Petes officially took the singular goal lead. Peterborough had further to celebrate as Jesse Saban was taken for two minutes and the Electric City Kids went on the power play once again.
A long slapshot from Timms did little to break the focus of Propp, as the clock dropped into single digits in the final frame of play on the night. Korostelev took his own rocket but, similarly to his teammate, was unsuccessful in getting onto the board.
With exactly five minutes on the lock, the Troops managed to do what the Petes couldn’t and brought the score back to an even 3, with Struthers’ second of the night from Burghardt and Adam Thilander.
The final moments of the period ticked away, with the back and forth tie which had been a prevalent factor throughout the night holding strong, leading to only the third overtime period played in the Peterborough Memorial Centre since the first game of 2018 on January 1st against Kitchener.
After a short timeout, the 5 minute OT period took to ice with the traditional OHL three on three format. Neither team managed to get the puck in the net, as the Petes and the Troops goalies were put up to the test as the night, sending them to a shootout.
The Petes took the first shot. Der-Arguchintsev scored before Adam McMaster, Nick Robertson, and Brandon Coe were all turned away. Nikita Korostelev buried the final shootout shot to put an end to the ten game losing skid.
The Mary Brown’s Chicken & Taters Three Stars of the Game were as follows:
1- Dylan Wells (Peterborough)
2- Nikita Korostelev (Peterborough)
3- Matthew Struthers (North Bay)
Mark’s Hardest Working Player of the Game: Brady Hinz
The Petes wrap up the weekend in Oshawa at 6:00pm on Sunday. They’ll return to the PMC on Thursday, February 15 as they host the Mississauga Steelheads at 7:05pm. Game tickets are available starting at $8 through the Collins Barrow PMC Box Office, online or, by phone at (705) 743-3561.
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