Petes Out of Gas in Final Game of the Weekend
Petes overagers Alex Black and Nikita Korostelev paid one final visit to their old stomping ground, the Progressive Auto Sales Arena, as the Petes finished a 3-in-3 weekend with a game against the Sarnia Sting on Saturday night.
For the third time this weekend, the mighty maroon and white found themselves in a hole, trailing 2-1 in the third period. Dylan Wells, who faced a total of 108 shots on the weekend, kept his team in the game until the end. Due to ongoing injury and illness woes, the Petes only dressed 16 skaters, though, and had no energy to mount a third period comeback, falling 3-1 to Sarnia.
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In the first period, Sarnia had the magic touch early on as Sean Josling opened the scoring with a tap-in after taking a cross-ice feed from Hugo Leufvenius, also assisted by Ryan McGregor just 3:15 into the game.
Dylan Wells, as he is so capable of doing, shut a potent Sarnia attack down for the rest of the opening twenty. The CHL’s third ranked team piled 18 shots on the keeper, and although the Petes got into an offensive groove in the final minutes and ended with 9 shots, the Sting were up 1-0 after one.
Just 41 seconds into the middle stanza, Pavel Gogolev tied the game, beating Justin Fazio on the short side from Chris Paquette. The game-tying goal was followed by a pair of consecutive penalties, and on the ensuing four-on-four, Ryan McGregor put his Sting on top yet again with a 2-on-1 goal from Brady Hinz and Theo Calvas.
Wells continued to keep his squad in the game as the second period ticked by, highlighted by a breakaway save on Leufvenius. Once again, the Petes built some momentum in the final minutes of the period, drawing a powerplay that would extend into the first minute of the third. The Sting were up 35-20 in the shot category after two.
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The electric city kids couldn’t capitalize on the half powerplay in the final period, and as Drake Rymsha returned to the ice, he lead a 3-man breakaway with Adam Ruzicka burying a feed in front of the net. After a review, though, the play was offside, and the score remained 2-1 in Sarnia’s favour.
The third period was back-and-forth, but with seven minutes left in regulation, the Petes got a golden opportunity to tie the game as Cole Fraser drew a powerplay. Peterborough was evidently out of gas, though, and couldn’t muster one more last-minute effort, falling 3-1 after Adam Ruzicka scored into an empty net.
Wells, McGregor, and Josling were the first, second, and third stars of the night, respectively. The final shots on goal were 51-26 for the Sting.
The Petes will play their final home game before Christmas on Thursday, December 14 at 7:05pm against the Ottawa 67’s. Next Thursday’s game is Star Wars night – be sure to wear your favourite costume, and may the force be with you.
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