After coming off a big win in Oshawa on Sunday, the Petes stayed in the win column with an overtime thriller at the Memorial Centre against the Owen Sound Attack on Thursday night, as well as a 4-2 win against the Hamilton Bulldogs last night.
The Petes are now six points ahead of the Generals for first place in the Eastern Conference, with seven games remaining in the season. The two teams will play each other one more time in the Petes season finale on March. 19 in Oshawa.
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The Owen Sound game gave Peterborough a glimpse of what playoff hockey will look like.
“It’ll be that style of hockey. We have to continue to raise our game going into playoffs and find ways to keep it there,” commented assistant coach Jake Grimes on the Owen Sound game being a preparation for playoffs. “Bounces are going to go against you and for you, but if you stick with it for 60 minutes you should be okay.”
The Petes got out to an early 3-0 lead, but the Attack made the Petes pay for their mistakes, scoring two power-play goals within 41 seconds and then scoring the tying goal shortly after. Despite the constant goal scoring, the Petes remained composed and were able to pull out an overtime win thanks to Matt Spencer scoring the winner 2:47 into the extra frame.
“It’s all about confidence. Us older guys have been through it before, we’ve been through stretches where it’s been rough in previous years,” said Steven Lorentz when asked about team confidence leading into the playoffs. “It’s always nice to show the young guys what it’s like to be a top team and if everyone’s pushing each other to be better, that’s how we win hockey games, and that’s what we’ve been doing as of late.”
The Petes have showed they can compete with the best lately, with wins against the Generals and the Attack.
“I think we’ve done a fairly good job recently of proving ourselves,” said Matt Timms. “I think it’s a statement to show teams around the league what we have and what we can do if we come out of our conference.”
The Barrie Colts will pay a visit to the first place Petes on Saturday night. The Colts currently sit at the bottom of the Ontario Hockey League with 39 points on the season. Saturday’s match-up is the second, and last, between the two. The Petes walked out of the Barrie Molson Centre with a 4-1 win against the Colts on Feb. 11.
The Colts are coming off a 4-3 OT win against the North Bay Battalion on Thursday, while the Petes are coming off a 5-4 OT win against the Attack on Thursday and a 4-2 win against the Bulldogs last night.
Matt Timms is coming off a three assist night against the Attack on Thursday and added another on Friday night, and is the Petes leading scorer on the blue line. He is the first Petes defenceman to record 50 assists in a season since Zach Bogosian in 2007-08. Anthony Stefano is the Colts leading scorer and recorded a goal in Barrie’s win in North Bay.
Saturday’s game is sponsored by The Wolf 101.5FM and will feature a pre-game ceremony honouring our Petes billet families starting at 7 p.m. Saturday’s game is the annual Saves 4 CF night, which is organized by the Vice President of the Peterborough Chapter of Cystic Fibrosis Canada and a team of volunteers. Fun fact; the Petes have never lost a Saves 4 CF game. There will be a ceremonial puck drop featuring the starting goalies and a silent auction including Petes memorabilia hand painted by Kathryn Harris-Lowe, a signed Top Prospects jersey, a round of golf, jewelry, and more.
1st – Hockey Shelf hand made by Petes assistant captain Steve Lorentz and Canada-Russia Series wind jacket
2nd – Memorial Cup bag and travel bag
3rd – Memorial up small bag and puck
Tickets are still available online (including the new Supporter Section at 50% off – enter promo code “GetLoud” to find available seats), 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.