The Petes were back at home after an eventful Thanksgiving weekend which saw them lose to Hamilton for the second time this season on Saturday, but bounce back with a strong 4-1 victory against the Battalion in North Bay on Thanksgiving Monday. Thursday night’s match-up was the only time this season that one of the OHL’s three American teams would come to town, and the Petes made the event extra special with a 5-4 overtime win. The ‘W’ put the Petes back into a tie for first place in the early-season OHL standings.
The first period opened on a slightly sour note for the home team as they experienced the loss of captain Zach Gallant to an early injury. Erie took advantage of the two-way forward’s absence, and rookie goalie Tye Austin was subsequently bombarded with two early goals courtesy of Chad Yetman (Hayden Fowler and Jack Duff) followed only a few minutes after by Alex Gritz (Petr Cajka and Jamie Drysdale) to give the visitors an early 2-0 lead. It was not the opening frame that Austin envisioned for his first OHL start.
The home team would finally mark the board with 2 minutes left in the opening twenty as Declan Chisholm and Semyon Der-Arguchintsev got the puck to Pavel Gogolev who blasted it past Otters netminder Daniel Murphy and end Erie’s early two goal lead.
Shots on goal stood tied at 13-13 while Erie held onto the lead 2-1 after 20 minutes.
The second period started quiet for the first 6 minutes until Chris Paquette and Matt McNamara found Brady Hinz who was able to fire what would end up being the tying goal, bringing the score to 2-2.
The Petes would have only moments to celebrate before the Otters regained their lead, with a momentary pause for a review, with the goal from Kurtis Henry courtesy of Gritz and Ryan Martin eventually being pronounced “good” by the referees.
Following both Henry and Adam Timleck being called for 5 minute majors, Petes rookie Cameron Butler took the puck from Adrien Beraldo to score his 4th highlight-reel goal of the season and Peterborough’s third of the night to restore the tie that had been consistent throughout much of the second period.
The Otters persisted, though, and with a goal from captain Kyle Maksimovich (Gera Poddubnyi), they were able to regain the lead 4-3. The persistence was equally evident for the boys in maroon and white and it paid off in Paquette scoring with a hand from Hinz and Chisholm which once again tied the game, this time at 4-4.
At the end of the middle period the shots on goal were 24-20 for the Otters with a tied game at 4-4.
The final period didn’t produce a goal for either side, but that didn’t mean there wasn’t plenty of action between the pipes. Unfortunately for the Petes, this meant an injury to Tye Austin, who would need to be replaced by regular starter Hunter Jones. Both Jones and his counterpart stood firm to send the game to OT.
An extra 5 minutes was clearly a benefit to the home team as with 52 seconds remaining the Petes took the victory 5-4 with the overtime goal going to Adam Timleck thanks to a well placed Austin Osmanski pass from his own goal line.
Paquette, Gritz, and Timleck were named the games first, second and third stars, respectively with Austin being named the Hardest Working Player of the Game for his efforts in OHL start #1.
Final shots were 36-34 in favour of the Otters.
The mighty maroon and white next host their inaugural alumni homecoming game featuring the Memorial Cup-winning 1979 Petes team on Saturday as the Windsor Spitfires come to town. Tickets are still available here: http://bit.ly/Oct13vsWSR