The Petes are thankful for a lot of things so far in 2017-18, and on Monday Petes Nation hopes to add to that list with a win against the North Bay Battalion at 2pm.
Monday’s game is sure to be exciting, as all tilts between the Battalion and Petes tend to be, and with newly acquired 6’4″ defender Austin Osmanski joining the squad for his first game with the maroon and white, there’s even more reasons to tune in.
The electric city kids, who are 3-2-0-1 to start the season, are suddenly deep at the defensive position thanks to GM Mike Oke’s early season trade. Osmanski, who will wear number 6 (he wore 36 for Mississauga), adds 125 games of OHL experience (plus 27 playoff games) to the back-end. He becomes the 9th defender on the unit, which will make for some strong internal competition for spots, especially when Matt Timms returns to the lineup later this month.
North Bay has had a very strong start to the campaign. With a 3-1-1 record, the Troops are entering Monday’s tilt in third place in the Central Division. Luke Burghardt, who was acquired from Guelph in the off-season, leads the Battalion with 10 points in five games. His previous career best was 33 points, putting him well on his way to smash that mark.
The Petes are third in the already-competitive East Division. As reigning champs, picking up early season points against conference opponents will be key to defending the division and conference titles.
Monday’s Thanksgiving Game is the 20th consecutive holiday affair in North Bay, and the first time the Petes have participated. The Troops are 13-6 in the annual game.
Nikita Korostelev has a goal and 2 assists in his first game back with the Petes, including scoring his 200th career point on Friday night (his 225th career game). From overagers to rookies, keep an eye on 16-year-old Nick Robertson as he shoots for his first OHL goal. The freshman is third on the team in points, with 5 assists through six games. He is 5th in the OHL in rookie scoring, and also sits second in +/- with a +4 rating (he leads the Petes in that category – tied with Cole Fraser).
Monday’s game can be watched live on YourTV (formerly TVCogeco) in Peterborough, or on OHL Live. Extra 90.5 is broadcasting the game online and over the airwaves, and fans are encouraged to download the free Petes Mobile App to stay up to date on the game action on their mobile device.
After the Turkey Day tilt, the Petes will have a short week to prepare for a home-and-home against East Division rival Kingston on Thursday, October 12 at 7:05pm at the Memorial Centre. Game tickets are available starting at $8 through the Collins Barrow PMC Box Office, online or, by phone at (705) 743-3561.