PRE-GAME WARM-UP: Petes vs. Frontenacs – Jan. 18 @ 7:05pm
The Petes and Frontenacs face off for the fifth time this season, and for the first time in 2018, on Thursday, January 18 at 7:05pm. Peterborough holds a 3-1-0-0 season series lead over their division rivals.
The Frontenacs have made it quite clear to their opponents that they’re ‘all in’ this season, making blockbuster trades comprised of young, standout players and valuable picks in exchange for seasoned veterans with extensive OHL, and some NHL, experience. To summarize, since November 15, the Fronts have acquired D Mitchell Byrne (Erie), LW Max Jones (London), C Cliff Pu (London), D Sean Day (Windsor), C Gabriel Vilardi (Windsor), LW Matt Hotchkiss, a 6th round pick, and an 8th round pick. In exchange, they’ve moved C Nathan Dunkley (London), LW Sergey Popov (London), G Mario Peccia (Oshawa), eight 2nd round picks, four 3rd round picks, a 5th round pick, a 6th round pick, and a 13th round pick (15 total picks).
Kingston is 3-3-0-0 since acquiring Day and Vilardi, and, along with Jason Robertson and Linus Nyman, combined for 17 goals, 31 assists, and 48 points in their first three games with the Fronts. The team sits fourth in the Eastern Conference with a 21-15-3-3 record.
Day, in particular, has been an offensive juggernaut – he registered two goals, seven assists, and nine points in what were his first six games of the season, having missed Windsor’s entire first half with a back injury.
Goaltending has, perhaps, been Kingston’s biggest strength this season. Overager Jeremy Helvig, a Carolina Hurricanes prospect, has appeared in all but 8 of his team’s 42 games. He’s earned a 2.58 goals against average and .920 save percentage en route to a 17-11-3-3 record. His stats rank him second in league goaltending behind only Matt Villalta of the Soo Greyhounds.
On the home side of the ice, things have been looking up for the maroon and white. The Petes skated away with 5 of 6 possible points on the weekend after a 4-2 win over the Guelph Storm, a crowd-pleasing 6-2 victory over the Ottawa 67’s, and a close 4-3 shootout loss to the North Bay Battalion. Peterborough sits seventh in the Eastern Conference, but just eight points separate them and fourth place.
Dylan Wells was the team’s backbone through the weekend series, turning away 110 of 117 shots for a .940 save percentage and 2.26 goals against average. Offensively, Nikita Korostelev was stellar. He tallied multiple points in all three games, totaling four goals, four assists, and eight points. The productive weekend earned Korostelev runner-up honours for the OHL’s Player of the Week, and launched him into the league’s top ten in scoring with 52 points in 39 games.
While Brady Hinz hasn’t recorded his first point as a Pete, he’s had some quality chances and seems to have fit well into Peterborough’s lineup.
Gleb Babintsev has been getting his share of chances, too. Though steady on the blue line, he’s shown more and more interest in joining the rush as he looks to register his first OHL goal.
The Nick versus Jason story line will continue, as they face off for the fifth time. Nick has two goals and one assist against the Fronts, while Jason has two goals and two assists when playing the Petes. You can bet that Nick is determined to tie the scoring race between the Robertson brothers.
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Game tickets are available starting at $8 through the Collins Barrow PMC Box Office, online, or by phone at (705) 743-3561.
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