After a loss on the road to close out their final game of the season against Oshawa, the Petes hit the PMC ice on Valentine’s Day for their lone home meeting with the Barrie Colts.
Both sides were to looking come out on top, but it would be the Colts who would see victory at a score of 4-2.
The first goal of the night would come from a Petes stick as the captain, Zach Gallant, took a chance on Barrie net minder Kai Edmonds. Ryan Merkley and his defence partner Shawn Spearing were credited with the helpers to give the Petes the 1-0 lead.
A few minutes later, the Colts rallied back as Ben Hawerchuk ripped one past Hunter Jones to tie the game at one each. The assists on the goal went to Ryan Suzuki and Sam Rhodes.
Looking to take the lead for themselves, Barrie would be in luck as, with both sides down a man, Jason Willms was found by Hawerchuk and Tyler Tucker to put the visitors up 2-1.
After the opening 20 minutes, the Colts would hold a point over the Petes. The Petes themselves held the lead in shots on goal 11-7.
The second period was quiet in terms of goals, until the clock hit the four minute mark. It was then that Barrie increased their lead by one. Hawerchuk scored his second of the night from a feed by Nathan Allensen and Suzuki to mark it 3-1 in favour of the Colts.
The second of three would end with the same result as the first – the visitors ahead on the scoreboard and the home team holding onto the shots, this time at an increase of 27-13.
Barrie would get their fourth of the night as Rhodes and Tucker worked the puck to Jack York where it was fired over Jones to create a significant lead for the visitors.
The Petes would not settle for a three-goal deficit. Cameron Butler would bring the maroon and white within two goals after scoring his 14th of the season. Both Semyon Der-Arguchintsev and Chris Paquette credited with assists.
That would be the end as the Colts left the PMC having defeated the Petes 4-2 on Valentine’s Day.
Final shots were 32-17 in favour of the Petes .
Hawerchuk, Edmonds and Gallant were named the game’s first, second, and third stars, respectively, while Spearing was named Marks Hardest Working Player of the Game.
The Petes return to home ice on Family Day when they host the Niagara IceDogs on Monday, February 18 at 2:05 p.m. Tickets are available through the Baker Tilly Box Office in person, over the phone at (705) 743-3561, and online.
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