Petes Struggle to Convert Chances Against New Look Fronts

Kenneth Andersen & Jess Van Staalduinen

The Petes and Frontenacs faced off for the fifth time this season, and for the first time in 2018 this Thursday evening. Before hitting the ice, Peterborough held a 3-1-0-0 season series lead over their division rivals. Despite what looked like a solid effort from the hometown boys, the Frontenacs left the Memorial Centre with a 5-1 win.

Highly skilled youngsters Semyon Der-Arguchintsev, Nick Robertson, and Pavel Gogolev were standouts for the Petes, each deking their way several great scoring chances. The Frontenacs – featuring a plethora of newly-added OHL veterans including Gabe Vilardi, Cliff Pu, Sean Day, and Max Jones converted their chances, though, led by Brett Neumann’s two goals.

Perhaps the biggest missed opportunity at the PMC on Thursday night was an unclaimed 5050 prize.

Chris Paquette, Bobby Dow and Robertson, brother of Front’s standout Jason Robertson, started the game for Peterborough. Manning the blue line among the initial minute of play was alternate captain Alex Black and Declan Chisholm, returning from injury after fourteen missed games.

Although the initial period saw neither team dominate in play, the black and yellow continued to out shoot the Petes, firing the puck on Wells whenever they entered the offensive zone.

Der-Arguchintsev was the first player to make the game sheet, when he tripped Cliff Pu in the neutral zone and was asked to sit in the penalty box for two minutes. The Fronts maintained solid puck possession on the power play and although Logan DeNoble came up with a massive block on Sean Day’s shot at 14:41, Kingston was able to retrieve the puck and Gabriel Vilardi put it across to elder Robertson who tucked it past Dylan Wells.

Four minutes later Cole Fraser was sent to the sin bin for holding, leaving the Frontenacs with an extra skater for another two minutes. Kingston continued to produce spectacular puck movement while on the power play. The away team hung their strongest players down low, such as Brett Neumann who snuck a rebound off Well’s pad past the goal line, rewarding the visitors with the second of the evening.

Young Robertson and Paquette made some noise in the final three minutes of the first, however Jeremy Helvig continued to keep the maroon and white goalless.

Vilardi widened the score gap at 18:01, wrapping the puck around the net and into the mesh giving Kingston a three goal lead to start the second period.

The Petes struggled to create any prime scoring opportunities in the top quarter of the second period. However a shot from Matt Timms tipped by Der-Arguchintsev seemed to ignite a series of brighter offensive moments for the Electric City Kids.

Half way through the second, Pavel Gogolev weaved through the Front’s d-men, but he was unable to complete the stunning puck play with a goal.

Cliff Pu tallied his twentieth goal of the season at 9:18, connecting with a low cross-crease pass from Nyman, making the score 4-0 in favour of the Frontenacs.

The Petes started the third in fashion contrasting that of the first and second with increased speed and grittiness. Zach Gallant put the maroon and white on the scoreboard for the first time in the evening at 1:20, ripping a wrister from his off wing and past Helvig.

Youngest Robertson dangled all five Fronts at 11:11, however the visitor’s net minder came up big robbing Robby on his final deke.

A minute later, Jason Robertson matched his brother with a gorgeous give and go in collaboration with Brett Neumann, who took credit for the goal and returned the four goal lead to the visitors.

The Petes would end the game with a power play, following a trip by Conor Ali however the extra skater failed to aid the maroon and white in the pursuit of an additional goal, sending Kingston home with a 5-1 win.

Petes vs Frontenacs Box Score Jan 18

First Star: Vilardi 73

Second Star: Neumann 13

Third Star: Robertson 19

Hardest Working: Denault 22

Petes take on their down the road rivals, the Oshawa Generals, Saturday January 20 at 7:05 pm.

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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