Peterborough and Oshawa dueled for the eighth and final time in the 2017-18 season on Friday night. With the Petes locked in the bottom four and North Bay’s loss on Friday solidifying Oshawa’s place at fifth in the Eastern Conference, neither team was playing for standings.
That didn’t stop the oldest rivalry in junior hockey from peaking out in front of a sell-out TCC crowd, though, but the story of the night was Peterborough’s NHL draft eligible forwards Pavel Gogolev and Semyon Der-Arguchintsev. The former CIH Academy linemates combined for 10 points as the Petes won 8-4 to snap a 20-game road losing streak.
The first period was the Hunter Jones show, as the rookie keeper made 14 saves and helped the Petes shut down four Oshawa powerplays to keep the game scoreless.
The rowdy Oshawa crowd helped keep the mighty maroon and white at bay as well, though, and despite the Petes hitting the post three times in the period, the first frame ended with the game tied 0-0.
The second period couldn’t have been more different from the first. A wild stanza all began with a Renars Krastenbergs goal from in close, breaking the seal just 59 seconds into the game from Jack Studnicka and Serron Noel. The Gens would score two more in the frame, but Peterborough put four pucks past Kyle Keyser, as follows!
With seven total goals in the second period (and still some great saves by Hunter Jones in the Petes net), things were wide open heading into the third period as the Petes held a 4-3 lead despite a 30-15 Oshawa shot lead.
In the third period, neither team was ready to let up as players fought to pad their stats, break streaks and win one for the rivalry. The Petes were intent to bust a 20-game road losing streak, though, and their young guns lead the way to a huge victory.
It was a veteran who tallied first in the third frame, though, as Adam Timleck scored a big goal from the high slot assisted by Brady Hinz and Logan DeNoble to extend the lead to 5-3. Serron Noel made it interesting with a hard-driving goal five minutes into the frame, but three more Petes goals (Der-Arguchintsev-Fraser-Dow; Dow-Gogolev-Der-Arguchintsev; Gogolev-Black-Der-Arguchintsev) sealed the game 8-4.
The final shots on goal were 44-26 for the Generals, with Jones making his second consecutive 40-save performance and earning his first win between the pipes since October. When all was said and done, Der-Arguchintsev scored a career-high six points (1,5), while Gogolev had a hat trick and added an assist to boot.
The three stars of the game were as follows:
1st: Semyon Der-Arguchintsev
2nd: Jack Studnicka
3rd: Pavel Gogolev
The Petes hit PMC ice for the very last time this season against the Hamilton Bulldogs on St. Patricks day, Saturday March 17 at 7:05pm. Tickets are available starting at $8 through the Collins Barrow PMC Box Office, online or, by phone at (705) 743-3561.
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