Coming off a hot overtime win against the the Barrie Colts, the Petes hit the 401 prepped to take on the Mississauga Steelheads to further cement their Eastern Conference lead.
The Petes entered the game missing three of their top five scorers – Logan DeNoble, Zach Gallant and Adam Timleck – as well as Nick Isaccson, due to injury. However, based on the previous nights’ offensive performance, the younger forwards appeared prepped to fill in the gaps.
Although Austin Osmanski got the first shot off of the game, a quick breakdown in the defensive slot put the Steelheads on the scoreboard first at 0:54. Shortly after, birthday boy Bobby Dow sat in the sin bin for boarding, followed by Pavel Gogolev for slashing.
Nonetheless, Chris Paquette tallied the Petes’ first goal of the evening while shorthanded. Although the Electric City Kids saw a minute of momentum, that was answered by three consecutive goals from Mississauga in 1:46 in the closing minutes of the period – first from Schwindt, then Little and Michnac who sniped one to the far post to beat Jones above his trapper. The men in maroon finished the period down three goals.
The Petes garnered some hope after a tip in by John Parker-Jones from Austin Osmanski’s slap shot at the point was converted into their second goal of the night. Michnac returned the three goal lead to the home team and secured a hat trick at 10:49.
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It appeared the maroon and white couldn’t escape the penalty box, acquiring five penalties during the second period including a match cross checking by Ang. While the Petes bench shortened, the Steelheads’ score grew, as Moverare found the back of the net eight seconds before the buzzer to mark the end of the frame.
The Steelheads started the third with Brendan Harrogate capitalizing on the man advantage to snipe his first of the season. Peterborough was gifted back to back power plays, but they were broken down by Canade’s hot hand, tallying a short handed goal to make the score 8-2.
Unfortunately, the same narrative continued throughout the remainder of the third period, with three penalties being dished to the Petes, including a five minute major for Cole Fraser’s fighting. Three goals by the Steelheads spaced throughout the final twenty minutes secured a 9-2 victory for the Steelheads.
Despite the loss, the Petes remain in first place in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 11-7-0-1.
The Petes return to action on Friday, November 10 at 7:00pm in Kingston before hosting those same Frontenacs at 2:05pm on Sunday, November 12. Game tickets, which include a free post-game skate with the Petes presented by Russelle Toyota, are available starting at $8 through the Collins Barrow PMC Box Office, online or, by phone at (705) 743-3561.