It took the Petes a few minutes to get their feet under them after an early morning bus trip to the nation’s capital, but once they did, there wasn’t any stopping them. The maroon and white put away seven goals, including four shorthanded, to wrap up the weekend with a 7-3 victory and kick the 2018-19 season off with a 2-0 record.
The visiting Petes were held off the shot clock for nearly ten minutes, but opened scoring shortly after. On the team’s second two-on-one rush on Ottawa’s first power play of the afternoon, Chris Paquette and Austin Osmanski connected to get the Petes on the board.
Nick Isaacson, who missed nearly half of last season due to injury, continued his hot play from Thursday’s two-goal performance to bury Peterborough’s second shorthanded marker of the game on the same penalty kill, just 54 seconds later.
After turning over the puck in Ottawa’s zone, sophomore defenceman Adrien Beraldo made a quick pass to Paquette in order for him to bury his second on the afternoon.
Ottawa’s Austen Keating would get his team onto the scoreboard with just under four minutes left to play in the first period, sending the Electric City Kids into intermission with a 3-1 lead but an 11-7 deficit on the shot clock. It was the first goal the Petes allowed this season, ending a 76:18 shutout streak by Hunter Jones.
Paquette continued to work his magic while down a man, securing his third goal, and second shorthanded, of the match, this time with help from Chad Denault.
A milestone marker in the form of Arizona Coyotes prospect Liam Kirk’s first OHL goal came moments later.
The Petes’ fifth goal would bring about a change in Ottawa’s crease as Peterborough native Will Cranley was called upon to try to spark his club.
The shorthanded madness continued when Brady Hinz created his own rebound to put away his second in as many games and Peterborough’s fourth undermanned goal.
Shots were tied at 19 a piece after 40 minutes, with the Liftlock Lads continuing to dominate the score sheet.
While the 67’s managed two goals by Matthew Maggio and Graeme Clarke in the final frame, rookie forward Cameron Butler split the pair of Ottawa goals with his first OHL tally in his hometown.
Final shots were 40-25 for the 67’s, with Jones making 37 saves in his second straight start. Paquette, Jones, and Isaacson were named the game’s first, second, and third stars, respectively.
The Petes are back in action at the Peterborough Memorial Centre on Thursday September 27 when they host the Niagara IceDogs. Tickets for Thursday and all other 2018-19 regular season games are available through the PMC Collins Barrow Box Office in person, online, or by phone at (705) 743-3561. The Season Starter Pack is also still available for fans who want to cheer on the Petes for the best price of the season.