PRE-GAME WARM-UP: Petes vs. 67’s – December 30 @ 7:05pm
The Peterborough Petes and Ottawa 67’s will meet at the PMC on Saturday, December 30 at 7:05pm for their third of seven match ups this season.
The teams last faced off in Peterborough’s last home game before the holiday break in a game that saw the 67’s take a 2-0 season series lead with a 5-2 win on December 14; the first was a shootout victory in Ottawa on October 6.
The 67’s fell 2-0 to the Kingston Frontenacs on Thursday night in their first game of a three-in-three weekend, and were defeated 4-3 by the Generals in Oshawa on Friday night. Ottawa is 2-9-1-2 in three-in-three games this season, and have been defeated (and outscored 20-7) in each of the third games in those weekends.
The Petes didn’t fair any better on Thursday night, dropping their second half debut 3-1 to the Storm in Guelph. Saturday night home games, though, have been perfect for the men in maroon. They’re 2-0 on Saturdays at the PMC, having earned a 6-3 win over the Sudbury Wolves on October 14, and a 5-4 OT victory over the Barrie Colts on November 4.
Over the last ten seasons, Peterborough is 5-5 in their last home game of the calendar year. Three of those games were against the 67’s, resulting in a 2-1 record for the Petes, including a 7-5 win on December 29, 2016.
The Electric City kids are most efficient on the power play at home at third in the OHL, scoring on 27.7% of their man advantage chances; however, the Barber Poles are operating eighth best in the league when killing penalties on the road, shutting down their opponents 82% of the time.
Sasha Chmelevski, who shares his hometown of Northville, Michigan with Petes rookie Nick Robertson, continues to lead the 67’s in scoring. He’s amassed 16 goals, 15 assists, and 3 points in 36 games. Chmelevski also sits eighth in the OHL in shots on goal (138) – 30 shots more than Peterborough’s Nikita Korostelev (108).
Saturday’s game is sponsored by Wawanesa Insurance, the Official Auto/Home Insurance Company of the Canadian and Ontario Hockey Leagues. They’ll be handing out free drawstring bags to the first 1,800 fans through the doors. Two lucky fans will get the opportunity to race remote control cars for the chance to win a $150 Petes Store gift card, courtesy of Wawanesa Insurance.
Police, fire, and paramedic service men and women from Peterborough and the surrounding area will all be represented at Saturday’s game. Members of the Peterborough Paramedics Flag Party will take part in a pre-game ceremony, while Peterborough Northumberland Crime Stoppers will conduct a ceremonial puck drop. Chief Murray Rodd will be recognized for his work with the Peterborough Police service during the game’s second intermission.
Additionally, over 400 Selwyn Township residents will be on hand to take in the team’s last home game of 2017.
Finalists in the 2018 Snofest Idol contest will be providing entertainment in the arena’s main lobby before the game. Finalist Grace Hatherly, along with Jalen Brink (Lakefield District Public School) and Abby Dale (St. Martin Catholic Elementary School) will perform the national anthem.
Game tickets are available starting at $8 through the Collins Barrow PMC Box Office, online, or by phone at (705) 743-3561.
Petes Holiday Flex Packs are available while supplies last. 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.