Petes Get Back-to-Back Shutouts en Route to Clinching Eastern Conference
Thursday night marked the final regular season game the Petes would play at the Memorial Centre this season. The Petes impressed the 3,817 in attendance by blanking the Bulldogs 4-0, after coming off a 7-3 loss in Hamilton last Saturday.
It looked like the Petes got on the board early, with Nikita Korostelev driving to the front of the net and Steve Lorentz banging in the loose puck. But, the goal was reviewed and called back because the play was offside.
The game remained scoreless until just under mid-way through the first frame.
Korostelev would later have another scoring chance and would get the Petes on the board. With Peterborough native, Matt McNamara getting his first Ontario Hockey League point on the Korostelev goal. Semyon Der-Arguchintsev would also get an assist on the play as well to give the Petes a 1-0 lead, 8:44 into the period.
Peterborough outshot Hamilton in the first period 17-12, with Dylan Wells denying all 12 shots he faced in the frame.
The Petes headed to the dressing room for the first intermission with a 1-0 lead and started the second period on the power play.
Peterborough added some insurance to their lead in the second period. Kyle Jenkins got the puck on net from the blue line and Logan DeNoble did the rest, tipping it past Bulldogs goaltender Kaden Fulcher to double their lead while on the power play.
The Petes added to their lead 58 seconds later, with Matt Timms picking up the rebound and putting it past an extended Fulcher to give Peterborough a 3-0 lead going into the second intermission. Adam Timleck and Jenkins both got assists on the play.
Through two periods of play, both sides managed to get 33 shots on net and the Petes would begin the period on the power play again. Wells stopped the 21 shots he faced in the second to keep the Bulldogs off the score sheet.
Peterborough opened the scoring in the third, with Jonathan Ang deflecting the crisp Timleck pass past Fulcher to give the Petes a 4-0 lead with 6:32 remaining in the period.
Ang’s tally would be complete the game’s scoring and the Petes would finish their regular season home finale with a 4-0 win. With 37 saves, Dylan Wells recorded the first shutout of his career.
Not the banner we’re after, but a step in the right direction.
— XyPeterborough Petes (@PetesOHLhockey) March 17, 2017
Three Stars of the Game:
- Steve Lorentz
- Kyle Jenkins
- Brandon Prophet
Hardest Working Player of the Game:
The final game of the season takes place on Sunday night against the Oshawa Generals. Stay tuned to gopetesgo.com for playoff scheduling, with round one home games #1 and #2 now available online, at the Collins Barrow Box Office, or by calling (705) 743-3561. Make sure you download the Petes Mobile App for iPhone or Android to stay up to date with the Petes all season long.