Wednesday’s game could mark the final time the Petes take the ice this season. The Mississauga Steelheads could win the Bobby Orr Trophy and the Eastern Conference with a win after going up 3-0 in the series.
The Petes won eight straight to get to the conference finals and now see themselves down 3-0 with the odds stacked against them. But it’s not the first time the Petes have been down 3-0 in a playoff series.
The 2014 playoffs saw the Petes lose three straight in the opening round to the Kingston Frontenacs and then rallied back to win four straight to move onto the second round.
“The message won’t just be from me, it’ll be form some of the players,” said Jody Hull when asked about what the message will be going into game four. “It’s those veteran guys that have a pretty big voice in the room that will be able to instill that in the guys. The biggest thing is that there’s no quit in our club and we’re going to battle until the end.”
One of the backbones for the Steelheads’ success this year has been the addition of Spencer Watston, who was trade to Mississauga from Kingston after spending four seasons in the limestone city. In his overage year, Watson recorded 53 points in 41 games for the Steelheads – a lot of time was missed due to injury. In the post-season Watson really hit his stride and is the leading playoff goal scorer in the Ontario Hockey League with 14 goals. He also has eight assists to give him a point total of 22 in 14 games. Watson was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the seventh round (209 overall) if the 2014 NHL entry draft and he was clearly looking to impress this post-season run. The forward finished his career with 301 regular season points and currently has 47 playoff points in his career.
Jonathan Ang has been a key player in the Petes’ playoff success in 2017. Ang had six points through four games against Niagara, five of the six points being goals and currently has 11 points in 11 games this post-season (7 G, 4 A), but he has been unable to record a point in the third round and is a minus one. After being drafted by the Florida Panthers in the fourth round of the 2016 NHL entry draft, Anger had his best season to date. Recording 59 points (27 G, 32 A) in 67 games with Peterborough. Topping his 49 points in 68 games from a season ago.
Here’s how the two match-up:
If the Petes win on Wednesday night, game five will be on Thursday, April 27 at 7:05pm at the Peterborough Memorial Centre. Tickets will go on sale online immediately following the game, and in-person or over the phone at the Memorial Centre box office starting at 9:30am.