PRE-GAME WARM-UP: Petes vs. 67’s – Jan. 13 @ 7:05pm
It appears the dust has settled in Peterborough after a tumultuous week leading up to this weekend’s games. Interim Head Coach Andrew Verner picked up his first win in his new role as Dylan Wells put on a 44-save performance en route to the team’s 4-2 win over the visiting Guelph Storm on Thursday. With a new face in the lineup and a shuffling of the lines, the Petes will look to carry Thursday’s energy into Saturday’s tilt.
Speaking of energy, there should be no lack of it at the PMC Saturday night. With the infamous Atom Liftlock Tournament in town, the crowd is sure to be loaded with hundreds of raucous minor hockey players.
If it seems like the Petes have played the 67’s a lot lately, it’s because this will be the fourth game in less than a month between the division rivals. The last match up saw a win for Ottawa by a score of 3-2 in Verner’s first game as bench boss.
The teams share comparable records in their last ten games – Ottawa at 3-5-1-1, and the Petes at 2-7-1-0; each club is coming off a win.
The game will be Ottawa’s second of a three-in-three weekend after defeating the Gatineau Olympiques 5-0 on Friday night in a special home-and-home series with the QMJHL club. This season, the 67’s are 3-10-1-2 when playing three games in three days. They also hold a 3-1 season series lead over the Petes; Peterborough’s win came on home ice on December 30.
Ottawa’s special teams sit in the middle of the pack – their power play is operating at 20.5% on the road, while they’re able to kill penalties 82.1% of the time. Peterborough’s home power play has improved to 26.0%, but they’ll need to stay out of the box as their penalty killing has fallen to 75.6% efficiency.
Austen Keating holds the hottest stick for the 67’s, recording 5 goals and 3 assists in his last five games, resulting in a +7 rating over those games.
Saturday’s game is sponsored by Bruce Power, who will be giving away an iPad to a lucky fan in attendance.
As part of Canadian Tire Jumpstart Night, thousands of dollars’ worth of sports memorabilia, experiences, equipment, and appliances will be available for bidding through a silent auction. Some of the items available include signed jerseys by Jonathan Toews, Hayley Wickenheiser, Cody Ceci, and Mark Stone, as well as two platinum Toronto Maple Leafs tickets. The auction will conclude at the end of the game’s second intermission.
Fans are also invited to take part in the second intermission chuck-a-ball contest for the chance to win a $500 Canadian Tire gift card, a $200 Mark’s gift card, and a $100 Mark’s gift card.
Students of the Children’s Montessori 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 at any remaining January home games, 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.