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Petes Look to Keep Rolling in Game Two
Tyler Penney

After a week off, the Petes took to the ice on Thursday night for the opening game of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals against the rival Kingston Frontenacs. The Petes got out to a 3-0 lead in the first half of the game, and never looked back, taking a 1-0 series lead with a 4-2 win. Thursday night’s win gave the Petes their fifth win in a row in the 2017 Ontario Hockey League Playoffs.

Although the Petes had a week off between games, they got off to a good start against a tired Kingston team – the Fronts finished their series two days before starting round two.

“I thought we had a really good start to the game, I wasn’t sure how we were going to come out with the layoff,” said head coach Jody Hull. “We allowed them to get going and get skating, I still think we just got to keep playing a strong team game when we’re on the ice.”

Their are a few things the Petes can improve on as well moving forward.

“We did a good job preparing for the game, but we didn’t finish as strong as we would’ve liked,” said Steve Lorentz. “There were a few costly turnovers in the second and third period that generated some chances, and moving forward we don’t want that to happen.” 

Steve Lorentz was drafted in the seventh round (186th overall) by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2015 NHL entry draft and is having a strong playoff performance in his over-age year. Lorry currently leads his Petes in points (7) after five games – only failing to record a point in the opening game of the playoffs against Niagara. Since then, he has recorded at least one point in the four games. He has also recorded two two-goal games this playoffs. Lorentz has been a key contributor this year by helping the Petes get to overtime in game three of the first round. Josh Coyle would bang in the OT-winner to add the exclamation mark on Lorentz’s big game. Lorry also boasts a 69% face-off win percentage in the playoffs and is 46 for 67 on draws this post season.

Frontenacs Finnish rookie Linus Nyman is having a strong showing in his first year in the OHL. Nyman was one of four Frontenacs players to play all 68 games this regular season and put up an impressive 50 points (26 G, 24 A). In eight games this playoffs; Nyman has recorded nine points and helped his Fronts team comeback in game seven against the Hamilton Bulldogs – scoring the tying and winning goal to get Kingston to the second round of the playoffs in back-to-back years. Linus picked up where he left off, recording a goal for his Kingston team in a 4-2 loss on Thursday night.

Here’s how the two match-up:

Lorentz-Nyman

Game two of the Eastern Conference Semi-Final will take place in Peterborough on Sunday night at 7:05pm. Tickets are on sale online, at the Memorial Centre Collins Barrow Box Office, or by phoning (705) 743-3561. Fans can also download the Petes Mobile App for iPhone or Android to be the first to find out about round two information.

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