PRE-GAME WARM-UP: Petes vs. Attack – Feb. 8 @ 7:05pm
The Owen Sound Attack are in the Liftlock City for the only time this regular season on Thursday night. The Midwest Division club sits seventh in the ultra competitive Western Conference with 53 points, just 3 points back of earning home ice advantage for the post season. They’re on a four game winning streak, and have a 7-3-0-0 through their last ten games. Owen Sound has posted a 7-14-2-0 road record so far this season.
The Attack are led offensively by standout scorer and play maker Nick Suzuki. A first round, thirteenth overall pick of the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, Suzuki has amassed 25 goals, 42 assists, 67 points, and a +7 rating while collecting only 12 penalty minutes in 45 games. He is seventh in league scoring, as well as in assists and shots on goal (193).
On the blue line, Sean Durzi has had a breakout season. In 37 games, the rearguard has tallied 15 goals, 32 assists, and 47 points – already 9 more points than last season in 60 games. Add in a +17 rating, and Durzi has earned himself a ranking of 39th among North American Skaters by NHL Central Scouting for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, in his second year of eligibility.
Netminders Olivier Lafreniere and Mack Guzda have nearly split the Attack’s schedule since Lafreniere arrived arrived in Owen Sound in mid-December. Given his familiarity with the Petes, Lafreniere is expected to get the start for Thursday’s match up. He’s compiled a 4-7-0-0 record in his 12 games with the Attack this season, and had an equal 5-5-0-0 record in Ottawa before being traded.
Discipline will play an important factor for the Petes in this match up, as the Attack hold the league’s best road power play, converting on 26.7% of their man advantage opportunities. Their road penalty kill sits above the league average, operating at 81% efficiency.
The Petes will be working to snap a nine game losing skid in their first of three games this weekend – they’ll be back at the PMC to face the North Bay Battalion on Saturday night before visiting the Generals in Oshawa at 6:00pm on Sunday.
Grain Farmers of Ontario are proud to sponsor Thursday’s game, which will celebrate the Peterborough agriculture community. Fans are invited to collect the Good in Every Grain Petes hockey card after the game from Norm Lamothe, a local grain farmer who will be on hand to answer questions about grain farming.
The national anthem will be performed by Janet Laurie, a sprout vendor at the Peterborough Farmers’ Market.
Thursday’s game is the only chance in the regular season for fans to see Jonah Gadjovich, a member of Canada’s gold medal-winning National Junior Team, and electric goal scorer and Vegas Golden Knights prospect Nick Suzuki.
Game tickets are available starting at $8 through the Collins Barrow PMC Box Office, online, or by phone at (705) 743-3561.
Flex Packs are the most affordable and convenient way to see the Petes in action through the remainder of the season. 10 and 20 packs can be used in any combination at any regular season Petes home game. Call Steve at (705) 743-3681 ext. 263, or send him an email, for more information.