PRE-GAME WARM-UP: Petes vs. Battalion – Feb. 10 @ 7:05pm
Following a thrilling, albeit disheartening, game on Thursday night that saw the Owen Sound Attack skate away with a 6-5 win, the Petes are back in action Saturday night to face the North Bay Battalion at 7:05pm.
The Battalion are coming off of a close game of their own, having gone the distance with the Flint Firebirds on Thursday evening before claiming a 4-3 shootout victory.
The squads have seen each other twice this season, with both games taking place in North Bay. The first resulted in a commanding 7-3 win for the Petes over Thanksgiving weekend, while the Battalion took January 14’s match up 4-3 following a shootout. The maroon and white swept the season series against the Troops last season, and over the past five seasons have compiled an 11-5-0-2 record made up of six wins and two losses at the PMC.
The Battalion have been one of the second half’s hottest teams, building a record of 13-2-2-1 that includes wins over Hamilton and numerous Western Conference opponents. North Bay, who is 7-2-1-0 in their last ten games, has risen to fifth in the Eastern Conference standings. They’ve accumulated 55 points, and 4 points back of home ice advantage in the first round of the postseason.
Justin Brazeau leads the Troops offensively in the 2017-18 campaign, having registered 31 goals, 26 assists, and 57 points in 52 games. The 1998-born right winger is undrafted, but has attended camps with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings. Bowmanville native Luke Burghardt isn’t far behind Brazeau, tallying 24 goals, 31 assists, and 55 points in 52 games.
Leading North Bay’s blue line is Swedish import Adam Thilander. The play-making rearguard has 5 goals, 25 assists, and 30 points in 52 games. Overage defenceman and Lindsay native Jesse Saban has had the best season of his career, collecting 2 goals, 14 assists, and 16 points in 52 games; his previous personal best was 13 points in 62 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs during the 2015-16 season.
North Bay’s net minders have nearly split the season, with Christian Propp appearing in 23 games, and Julian Sime seeing action in 28 games. The goalie partners are ranked 7th and 11th, respectively, among league goaltenders.
Central Ontario’s Best Rock The Wolf 101.5 FM is proud to sponsor Saturday’s game. They’ll be on hand giving away prizes in the PMC’s north lobby and throughout the game.
Fans in attendance can support Saves 4 CF, a program initiated in partnership with former Petes net minder Andrew D’Agostini in which GM Financial donates $1 to Cystic Fibrosis Canada for every save made by a Petes goalie. Items available in a silent auction in the north lobby include a team-signed Petes jersey, an autographed Top Prospects jersey, lunch with the Petes, a round of golf for four at Kawartha Golf and Country club, and more. Fans will also have the chance to win a wood shelf, a Memorial Cup jacket, and painted pucks in the second intermission chuck-a-puck.
The national anthem will be performed by the Peterborough Children’s Chorus.
Support the Petes as they look to win their sixth straight Saves 4 CF game. Tickets are available starting at $8 through the Collins Barrow PMC Box Office, online, or by phone at (705) 743-3561.