The Petes kicked off this weekend’s series of games with vengeance, defeating the Saginaw Spirit 5-3 in front of over 3,200 fans on Thursday. The win came after a 3-2 loss to the same team on the Sunday prior.
The team travelled to Oshawa with a win in their back pocket, and memories of a 5-2 win over the Generals at home on September 28. It seemed as though any momentum the Petes held in their favour was left behind in Peterborough, as they fell 4-1 to the East Division rivals Friday night. A bright spot in the game, however, was rookie John Parker-Jones scoring his first OHL career goal.
Now, after practicing Saturday afternoon, the men in maroon will look to get back in the win column this afternoon. Historically, games between the Petes and Bulldogs end with close scores. Since the franchise has been in Hamilton, the teams have faced off 12 times, with 4 games being resolved in overtime.
The Petes are 8-3-1-0 in those games, with half of their wins coming on home ice.
Jonathan Ang ended a three-game point drought on Thursday night – look for he and his linemates Logan DeNoble and Adam Timleck to lead the charge this afternoon.
The Petes continue to play without rookie Nick Robertson, who is still out with an upper body injury, while sophomore forward Pavel Gogolev will serve his second of a two-game suspension incurred on Thursday.
The Bulldogs are coming off a pair of losses, falling 6-0 to the Eastern Conference leading Barrie Colts on Thursday, and a 3-2 shootout loss to the London Knights on Saturday afternoon.
Fourth-year centre Brandon Saigeon leads the ‘Dogs in scoring, with 6 goals and 6 assists in 13 games, and is 54% in the faceoff circle this season. He, Justin Lemcke, and Jack Hanley are the last three former Belleville Bulls on the Hamilton roster.
Fans are invited to support Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy by taking part in the second intermission chuck-a-puck. There are great prizes up for grabs, including a Petes jersey, a $75 Costco gift card, and a $50 EB Games gift card. There are also a pair of Toronto Maple Leafs tickets up for grabs through a raffle draw.
After the game, fans in attendance can join the Petes on the ice for the season’s second Russelle Toyota Skate with the Petes.
Game tickets are available starting at $8 through the Collins Barrow PMC Box Office, online, or by at phone at (705) 743-3561.
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