After a string of tough games over the past two weeks, the Petes are looking to get back into form on Thursday, November 23 against the East Division rival Hamilton Bulldogs. Thursday’s game is a $5 student night in partnership with Healthy Kids Community Challenge Peterborough, who have teamed up with Brown’s Fine Foods to offer a special student night combo: $3 for a small chocolate milk and apple slices.
Sponsored by Fresh Radio 100.5, Thursday’s tilt is the first of three games in three nights for the Petes, and is the only home game this weekend. The Petes are on a three game losing skid and have fallen to fourth place in the East Division, while the Bulldogs are among the league’s hottest squads, and have climbed into the top spot in the East.
Perhaps the biggest story-line heading into Thursday night is home ice advantage at the PMC. The Petes are 9-3-0-0 when playing in front of home fans, and at 3-8-0-1 on the road, the difference between Peterborough’s home and road records is by far the biggest among OHL squads.
There’s so much going on Thursday night, it may be hard to keep track! We’ve got this handy guide here to keep you up to date! Many fans will be looking forward to the annual Special Olympics Ontario fundraiser promotion, including a bucket pass and other opportunity to help support Special Olympics.
Jonny Ang continues to lead the Petes in scoring with 30 points, although his pace has slowed in the past few outings. The culprit is likely a surge of ice time for the Florida Panthers prospect, as Ang suited up in seven games in eleven nights between the Petes and Team OHL at the CIBC Canada-Russia Series. The string of Petes injuries also forced Ang into more minutes, meaning the fourth year forward has had little down-time in two weeks.
With the return of Zach Gallant and Logan DeNoble last week, Cole Fraser’s re-entry into the lineup on Thursday, and hopeful comebacks for Adam Timleck and Nick Isaacson in the near future, Peterborough’s offence is ready to click yet again. The Electric City Kids have put up only eleven goals in the last six games (six of those tallies came in one game against Kingston), despite being the highest-scoring team in the Eastern Conference.
For Hamilton, goalie Kaden Fulcher is riding high after his 4-0 shutout win over the Petes in the student day game last Wednesday morning. Fellow Detroit Red Wings prospects Gallant and Fraser will look to help light up the Bulldogs, as the Petes did two weeks ago on home ice in an 8-3 win against the East Division foe.
Aside from the opportunity to help cheer the Petes to victory, fans can take part in the special Faith Night activities before, during, and after the game. Petes Team Chaplain Tim Coles has organized a special event surrounding the game, which will feature Hawk Nelson front man Jason Dunn performing the national anthem and playing a set in the lobby, as well as former Ottawa Senators captain and Toronto Maple Leaf Laurie Boschman, who is taking part in a special post-game interview.
Tickets are still available for Thursday’s game, and Faith Night group seats are also still available by contacting Matt at (705) 743-3681 or by email.
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