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Petes Look to Make a Statement in Game Three
Tyler Penney

The Petes head to the Hershey Centre in Mississauga to try to force a game five and cut the Steelheads series lead to 2-1 in game three.

Peterborough knows that Mississauga isn’t like any team they’ve faced this playoff run.

“We’re facing a good goalie and a good team,” said Dylan Wells. “We have to get back to the drawing board and really pay attention to detail on Monday night and we should be fine.”

Through two games it seems like the Petes haven’t been playing their style of game against Mississauga, with back-to-back losses and one being a shutout.

“At this time in the year everyone knows what they need to do,” said captain Brandon Prophet. “I think we need to regroup as a structure and make sure everyone’s on the same page heading into Monday.”

One of the main reasons for the Steelheads’ success this post-season has been the spectacular play by goaltender Matthew Mancina. In his fifth and final year in the Ontario Hockey League, Mancina has been stellar for his Steelheads. In the seven games he has played, Matt boasts a 6-1 record with one shutout. Before joining Mississauga at the beginning of the season, Mancina called Peterborough his home away from home. Spending almost two seasons with the Petes and playing 94 games over the course of his stay. Matt split the time between the pipes with a goalie Petes fans know well; Dylan Wells.

In his third year in the OHL and first year as the leading man between the pipes, Wells has shone for the Petes. After being selected in the fifth round by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2016 NHL entry draft, Dylan finished the regular season among the top goalies in the OHL. In 52 games Wells had a 0.916 save percentage, 1693 saves and 33 wins for his Petes. Much of Wells’ regular season success carried over into the post-season, with 2017 marking a few firsts for Dylan; he got his first career shutout, first career playoff start and first career goal. Through 10 post-season games, Dylan sits among the top goaltenders in the league with an 8-2 record and a .938 save percentage.

Here’s how they match up this post-season:

Wells-Mancina

If the Petes win one of games three or four in Mississauga, tickets for game five will go on sale the following morning at 9:30am. If the Petes win at least one of the next two games, game five will be played on Thursday, April 24 at 7:05pm at the Peterborough Memorial Centre.

 

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