Thursday night will mark the final game the Peterborough Petes will play at the Memorial Centre in the 2017 regular season. It also marks the first game Petes forward Nikita Korostelev will play at home since Feb. 20 – due to a lower body injury. Korostelev was injured in a game against the Sudbury Wolves on Feb. 20 and missed seven games over the course of 18 days.
Before picking up a big win against the Ottawa 67’s on Wednesday afternoon, the Petes were coming off two losses last Saturday and Sunday.
The Oshawa Generals took advantage of the slumping Petes and managed to take both games of a home-and-home with the Kingston Frontenacs this weekend, cutting the Petes’ first-place Eastern Conference lead to only four points. The Petes now only need one point to clinch the Eastern Conference and home ice advantage throughout the playoffs, with only two games remaining in the season (vs. HAM, @ OSH).
At press time, the Petes have four potential playoff match-ups as the season winds down. They can either play North Bay, Niagara, Sudbury or Ottawa. It could come down to the final day of the season to see who the Petes will face-off against, with sixth and ninth place in the Eastern Conference only being separated by six points.
Petes vs. Potential Playoff Matchups (Record against opposing teams this season. Stats as of March 16):
vs. Sudbury (8th w/ 55pts): 4W-0L
vs. Niagara (7th w/ 56pts): 3W-1L
vs. North Bay (9th w/52pts): 4W-0L
vs. Ottawa (6th w/ 58pts) 6W-2L
Despite Korostelev only playing 53 games this season, he’s still the Petes’ leading scorer with 63 points on the season, and will look to add to his point total on Thursday as he makes his return to the PMC. For the Bulldogs, Matthew Strome is having a season to remember, potting 60 points on the season with three games left to play. Strome leads the Bulldogs in points, with the second place Will Bitten behind Strome by six points.
Thursday’s Fan Appreciation Night is sponsored by CCM Hockey. Fans will enjoy several exciting promotions including ‘Sticks Out of Our Hands’. Randomly selected season ticket holders and fans will join Petes players on the ice following the game, and will be presented with a Petes player’s game-used, signed CCM stick. Fans wearing this season’s ‘Lift Locked and Loaded’ playoffs t-shirt, available for $10 in the Petes Store, will have the chance to be selected to receive a stick.
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The Petes are also teaming up with Random Acts of Green for multiple activities throughout the night, including a social media contest and a fundraising chuck-a-puck with prizes including a signed Carey Price Montreal Canadiens jersey, a Quarry Golf Club package for four, and a signed Connor McDavid Erie Otters photo. Interested in learning more about Random Acts of Green? Click here to check out their brochure!
The Petes will also recognize overage players Brandon Prophet, Kyle Jenkins, and Steve Lorentz – who will be playing the final OHL regular season home games of their careers – in a special pre-game ceremony.
The Petes continue to excite fans at the PMC this season, with several players including Dylan Wells, Matt Timms, and Zach Gallant holding spots as league-leaders. Playoff tickets are also on sale now, including the popular Playoff Push Package.