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PRE-GAME WARM-UP: Petes vs. 67’s – December 14 @ 7:05pm

The Petes hit home ice for the last time before Christmas on Thursday, having picked up 3 of a possible 6 points from 3 games in 3 days last weekend – a 5-4 OT win over the Sudbury Wolves at home on Thursday, and a pair of road losses (4-3 in OT to London, and 3-1 to the CHL’s 3rd-ranked Sarnia Sting).

Nov. 30 Frazer Svoboda Korostelev

Thursday’s game marks just the second of eight match ups between the Petes and 67’s this season, but the first of two tilts with the Ottawa club this month (the 67’s are back in town on Saturday, December 30 at 7:05pm). The teams last faced each other in Ottawa on October 6, with the 67’s coming out on top with a 4-3 shootout victory. They have very similar records since – Ottawa is 11-12-0-1, while the Petes are 12-11-1-0.

Mar. 9 DeNoble in front of Lazarev

Neither team’s roster has changed dramatically since they last faced off. Ottawa has traded Olivier Lafreniere and released Kyle Auger and Nolan Gardiner, while the Petes lineup hasn’t been altered. However, each team will be missing players due to a series of international tournaments. Rookie defenceman Nikita Okhotyuk is taking part in the World Junior A Challenge in Truro, Nova Scotia with Team Russia, while first year forward Oliver True was selected to take part in Denmark’s World Junior selection camp. For the Petes, Jonathan Ang is in St. Catharines fighting for a spot on Canada’s National Junior Team. True and Ang could face off on Friday in World Junior Championship exhibition play in St. Catharines.

Goaltender Dylan Wells is coming off a 48-save performance in Sarnia on Saturday in his third game in as many nights, earning a .908 save percentage through the weekend. Wells has played 26 of Peterborough’s 32 games thus far, posting a 13-11-1-1 record. At the other end of the ice, Olivier Tremblay has appeared in 21 games for the Barber Poles, with a 9-6-1-1 record.

The Petes, who have the league’s third-ranked home ice power play, are poised for success with the man-advantage – their east division rivals have the fifth-most penalty minutes in the OHL, at 12.8 minutes per game, paired with an 80.5% efficiency on the penalty kill.

Off the ice, it’s the first-ever Star Wars Night at the PMC. Be on the lookout for Star Wars characters, including Rey and Kylo Ren, throughout the game.

Thursday’s game is also the annual OHL Onside fundraising and awareness night in partnership with the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre (KSAC). OHL Onside is a project aimed at increasing the understanding and awareness of young players’ responsibility to demonstrate respect for women, girls, and community members through their actions and words. Representatives of KSAC will take part in a pre-game ceremony. Fans can support KSAC’s MENding Program through a second intermission chuck-a-puck.

Sports photographer Bonnie Edwards will be on hand in the east lobby where young fans can have ‘Petes Dream’ photos taken as if they were in the Petes dressing room.

Many downtown Peterborough businesses will also be represented at the game as part of Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area night.

The game is sponsored by GoodLife Fitness, who will be located in the north lobby for the duration of the game.

Game tickets are available starting at $8 through the Collins Barrow PMC Box Office, online, or by phone at (705) 743-3561.

Looking for the perfect holiday gift for the hockey fan in your life? Petes Holiday Flex Packs are now on sale! Receive four regular bowl flex vouchers to be used between December 30 and January 20, as well as two Petes rocks glasses for just $59.99, a savings of over 40%. Don’t forget to download the free Petes Mobile App, available for iPhone or Android devices.

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