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Petes Secure Rebound Win Against Saginaw
Kenneth & Claus Andersen

The Petes returned home Thursday night prepped to rebound from their back to back losses South of the border. Although the hometown boys were unable to generate momentum in the games following their 5-1 win against the Spitfires, the Petes stepped onto the ice with a vengeance, determined to tilt the score in their favour.

The Electric City Kids started the first period with some strong forechecking that was initiated by a clean face off from Paquette to Dow. From there, a pass to Timms was converted into a beautiful shot off the point that was followed by some serious puck cycling.

Fresh ice. Full hearts. Can’t lose.

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The first penalty of the game was taken by Saginaw’s Caleb Everett for interference. However, the Petes weren’t on the power play long, following a crosscheck by Timms, leaving fans with four on four hockey.

The play continued to flow between both ends, however, both Cormier and Wells stood on their heads preventing either team from clinching the initial goal. A scrum in front of the net resulted in a tripping penalty for Fraser, but that was no feat for the Petes as Ang sealed the short handed goal on a breakaway.

Saginaw turned up the speed halfway through the period, and were rewarded with a goal following a clean shot from Penman, who put the puck above Wells’ blocker to tie the score.

Each team saw a player simultaneously take a five minute minute major. Bollers first sat in the sin bin for elbowing Fraser and game misconduct.

A shot early on in the power play from Gogolev at the top of the offensive circle, in combination with a screen from Gallant, returned the lead to the Petes once again.

Gogolev quickly made the score sheet again, recoring a five minute major penalty for slashing/misconduct.

The hometown boys didn’t sustain their lead for long, as a second breakaway for the Spirit on behalf of Giroux, resulted in a goal and a tied game.

The Spirit were unable to make use of their man advantage to start the second. Nonetheless, the Spirit’s traffic in front of Wells turned a loose puck into a goal for Davis half way through the period and returned the lead to the Southern visitors. 

Interference on Wells late in the period sat Coskey in the penalty box for two minutes and gave the Petes an extra body on the ice for the third time in the game. Although the men in maroon were unable to take advantage of the power play, Ang tallied his second of the night with 25 seconds left in the period, and returned the game to a tied score of 3-3. 

The third period saw faster, more physical play from both teams. DeNoble gave the Petes their fourth goal of the game after turning a pass from Osmanski into a net drive. However, a tip in from Gallant while on the power play late in the period confirmed the home game win for the Petes at 16:53.

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Third star: Cormier (35)

Second star: DeNoble (28)

First star: Ang (21)

Hardest Working Player: Timleck (18)

The Petes head to Oshawa to face the rival Gens on Friday night at 7:35pm before returning home on Sunday to take on the Hamilton Bulldogs at 2:05pm. All fans are invited to take part in a post-game Russelle Toyota Skate with the Petes. Game 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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