The Petes started the regular season at home to a nearly-full crowd against the 2016-17 OHL Champions, the Erie Otters. Stepping onto the ice Thursday evening, the Petes came off a 2-4 pre-season, determined to flip the record in their favour in front of the biggest home opener crowd in Peterborough’s recorded history.
Semyon Der-Arguchinstev and Bobby Dow started the game off with a strong forecheck, creating some traffic in Erie’s end. Although there were some quick shots from the point and traffic in front of the net on behalf of Nick Isaacson, the men in maroon were unable to bury the puck early on. Jonathan Ang took a penalty for holding at 9:49, however Dylan Wells’ incredible rebound control denied all Erie opportunities. The period ended with a short breakaway for Ivan Lodnia that was once again stopped by Wells, returning the puck to the visitors’ end in the last seconds with a shot and rebound by Dow.
The Erie Otters came flying into the second period, however two big shots from Timms on the point resulted in a shot from Gallant in the slot and his first goal of the season. At 2:54, Timms took a crosschecking penalty leaving Lodnia to capitalize on the odd man advantage. Shortly after a pass across the neutral zone producing a quick break away for Christian Girhiny ended in a goal for Gritz who tapped the loose puck across the goal line.
The electric city kids started closing the gap off a rush by Robertson who put it across to DeNoble, where the hometown captain buried the puck to make the score 3-2. The assist was Robertson’s first career OHL point. The end of the period saw Erie’s Jordan Sambrook sit in the penalty box for roughing and a short handed goal for the Otters by Taylor Raddysh.
The men in maroon were unable to take advantage of the power play to start off the third. Some big opportunities by Isaacson and Gallant put the Otters on their toes in the first half of the third period however they were held off by Timpano. A couple of defensive break downs in the Petes end almost resulted in a fifth goal for the Otters nevertheless Wells’ butterfly left the score fixed.
With two minutes left, the Petes pulled Wells for a man advantage that turned into a 5 on 3 following a penalty by Maksimovich for tripping. Girhiny put the puck in the empty net, making the final score 5-2 for the Otters.
The Petes next game is September 28, when they will take on the Oshawa Generals at the Memorial Centre at . Game tickets are available starting at $8 through the Collins Barrow PMC Box Office, online or, by phone at (705) 743-3561.