It took them a few minutes to get going, but once they did, the Peterborough Petes skated their way to a commanding 4-1 road victory in North Bay on Monday afternoon.
Just past the halfway point of the opening frame, Nick Isaacson danced his way through the neutral paint and into North Bay’s zone. Peterborough native Matt McNamara fired a point shot toward Christian Propp, who directed a juicy rebound to Chad Denault. From one knee, Denault opened scoring.
Peterborough’s lead was further extended on their second man advantage opportunity of the game. Zach Gallant and Erik Čermák both got a stick on the puck before Pavel Gogolev, like he’s done before, spun around and released a quick shot that found the top corner over Propp’s right shoulder.
Despite only have one shot on net in the first eight and a half minutes of the period, the Petes held a comfortable lead through 20 minutes of play.
After recording two assists on the season thus far, Adam Timleck finally netted his first goal of 2018-19. Nick Isaacson was able to hold the play at the blue line, then slipped the puck between two Battalion defenders to find Timleck streaking to the net. Just 1:10 into the period and the Petes were up 3-0.
On their 13th shot on netminder Hunter Jones, North Bay got on the board. After Matthew Struthers and David Maier passed the puck back and forth along the boards on a power play, Maier released a shot from just inside the blue line that Brad Chenier tipped past Jones.
Through 40 minutes, the Petes continued to lead in goals, shots, and faceoff wins.
In his fifth game since returning from Toronto Maple Leafs training camp where he signed an entry-level contract, Semyon Der-Arguchintsev found his first of the 2018-19 season. Waiting on the doorstep, SDA released the puck from Propp’s right after accepting a pass from fellow Russian Gogolev.
A late and strange Battalion goal was called off with less than 30 seconds remaining in the game, finalizing Peterborough’s 4-1 Thanksgiving road victory.
Gogolev, Isaacson, and Propp were named the games first, second and third stars, respectively. Final shots were 45-33 in favour of the Petes.
The mighty maroon and white will host two home games next weekend, first taking on the Erie Otters on Thursday before the inaugural alumni homecoming game featuring the Memorial Cup-winning 1979 Petes team. Tickets are available as follows:
Thursday vs. Erie: http://bit.ly/Oct11vsER
Saturday vs Windsor: http://bit.ly/Oct13vsWSR