On Thursday, October 12, the Petes face off at the Memorial Centre against bitter East Division rival Kingston Frontenacs. Thursday’s tilt will be the first of eight match-ups between the clubs on the season, with the second coming less than 24 hours later at the Rogers K-Rock Centre on Friday.
If we know anything about home-and-home games, it’s that they produce nothing but good times for fans. The Petes are once again in a position to take down a fellow top team this weekend. The Frontenacs were just named an honourable mention in the weekly CHL top-10 rankings, earning their spot as the top team in the East Division so far. Amidst what is sure to be a game full of heavy hits and high-flying offence, though, are a few key players to watch.
First among them is Petes rookie Nick Robertson. The 16-year-old leads OHL rookies with 5 assists in seven games, and is tied for third in the league among rookies with a +4 rating. Thursday will be the first time that Nick will play against his older brother Jason Robertson (Dallas Stars), who is Kingston’s leading goal scorer (5). Nick is quick to note that, although similar in their work ethic, he and his brother are anything but on the ice. “My brother is a goal scorer, I am a play maker. He has a long reach, I have quick feet.” Read more about the Robertson family here.
There’s of course much more to Thursday’s Chamber of Commerce game than the Robbies. Local high school students will be honoured for their work raising money for the Terry Fox Foundation, and Energy 99.7, Country 105 and the Canadian Cancer Society will be collecting bras for the annual Bras Around the Building campaign. For every new or gently used bra donated at the game, Merrett Home Hardware will contribute $1 to CCS.
There will be two PMC debuts on Thursday, as well. The newest Pete, 6’4″ defenceman Austin Osmanski – who was acquired from defending Eastern Conference champion Mississauga this week – will play his first home game with the Maroon and White after a stellar performance on Thanksgiving Monday in North Bay. Meanwhile, Kingston assistant coach Kurtis Foster, who left the Petes in the off-season to join the Fronts, will make his bench debut at the Memorial Centre this week.
The Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce will also be present on Thursday, cheering on Petes’ leading scorer and the OHL’s second best sniper Jonathan Ang (12 points in seven games). The Florida Panthers prospect’s counterpart, Eemeli Rasanen (Toronto Maple Leafs), leads the Frontenacs with 8 points from the blue line.
Be sure to get your tickets for Thursday’s showdown with the Fronts. Seats are still available at the PMC Collins Barrow Box Office online, in person, or by phoning (705) 743-3561. There’s no doubt that even more highlights like these will be created on October 12.
— Peterborough Petes (@PetesOHLhockey) October 11, 2017