The Liftlock Lads wrap up a three-game weekend on Sunday afternoon in ‘Sauga with a game against the Steelheads. It is the first match-up between the clubs since the 2017 Eastern Conference Final earlier this year.
On Saturday night in Peterborough, the Petes took sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference with a 5-4 overtime win against the Barrie Colts. The mighty maroon and white will look to build on the momentum in the final game of the weekend.
Sunday’s matinee in Mississauga is a game that has been circled on nearly every Petes’ calendar since being swept by the Trout. Despite starting the playoffs on an eight-game winning streak, Peterborough fell quickly to the Steelheads, and Sunday will be the first shot at redemption. 16 Petes and 17 Steelheads are returning from last year’s playoffs, with the most notable absence being that of former Petes and Steelheads goalie Matt Mancina, who is now playing at the University of Prince Edward Island.
Two players will be squaring off against their former team for the first time on Sunday afternoon. Most notably, Austin Osmanski (Buffalo, 2016) plays at the Hershey Centre after 125 career games with the Steelheads. The rearguard as a goal and 6 assists in 11 games with the Petes. He scored 4 goals and 15 assists in parts of three seasons with the Fish.
On the other side of the ice, former Pete and CHL journeyman Ian McKinnon will log minutes for Mississauga. He has played 7 games in the GTA this year, joining the Steelheads via London and Charlottesville (QMJHL) after spending time in Peterborough since 2015.
The Steelheads currently sit in 10th place in the Eastern Confernece and are last in the OHL, but are heating up. With Sarnia falling to Kingston on Friday night, the Steelheads have the longest active unbeaten-in-regulation streak in the league.
The Petes, meanwhile, are ready to continuing building/build some momentum with two key divisional games next week.
Sunday’s game is being broadcast live on YourTV, and can also be seen on OHL Live, and heard on Extra 90.5fm beginning at 2pm. Don’t forget to turn back your clocks at 2am to mark the end of daylight savings time!
— Peterborough Petes (@PetesOHLhockey) November 4, 2017
The Petes are off next Thursday, and will be cheering on Dylan Wells and Jonathan Ang in the CIBC Canada Russia Series game in Owen Sound.
The next home game is on Sunday, November 12 at 2:05pm against the Kingston Frontencs. The game will be followed by a Russelle Toyota post-game skate, which is open to all fans with a game ticket (helmet and skates required). Game tickets are available starting at $8 through the Collins Barrow PMC Box Office, online, or by phone at (705) 743-3561.