PRE-GAME WARM-UP: Petes vs. Generals – Jan. 20 @ 7:05pm
The division rival Oshawa Generals are in town on Saturday, January 20 at 7:05pm for their third of four games at the PMC this season, and the Fourth Annual Faceoff Against Dementia.
The Petes hold a 2-1 record against the Gens in three previous match ups for the FOAD Cup, made up of a 5-4 overtime win last season, a 4-3 shootout loss in 2016, and a 1-0 victory in 2015. Although FOAD games seem to favour the maroon and white, Oshawa has compiled a 24-8-2-2 record against Peterborough over the past five seasons.
Both teams are coming off of games against the bulked up Kingston Frontenacs, but with different results. The Gens faced the Fronts on January 14 and managed to shut them out 3-0, while Kingston picked up a 5-1 road win over the Petes on Thursday night.
Oshawa saw one change in their lineup surrounding the recent trade deadline, as they dealt Peterborough native and standout defenceman Riley Stillman to the Hamilton Bulldogs in exchange for two 2nd round picks, two 3rd round picks, and a 4th round pick. The loss doesn’t seem to have had a negative impact, though, as the club is 6-2-1-0 since his departure to Steeltown.
A large part of Oshawa’s recent success can be contributed to the play of netminder Kyle Keyser. Since Christmas, he’s earned two shutouts (72 combined saves) and a 0.926 save percentage. He was also a runner up for last week’s OHL Player of the Week after posting a 2-0-0-0 record that included an aforementioned shutout, and 77 saves en route to a 1.50 goals against average and and 0.963 save percentage.
The Gens are led offensively by 1999-born centre Jack Studnicka. The play-making Boston Bruins prospect has 11 goals, 34 assists, and 45 points in 43 games this season. Oshawa’s roster also features five players that were ranked on NHL Central Scouting’s most recent Players to Watch, including right winger Serron Noel. Noel, who has 17 goals, 16 assists, and 33 points in 38 games, is expected to be ranked 17th on Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings next week.
Off the ice, fans can participate in multiple fundraising activities in support of the Alzheimer Society throughout the game. There will be a large silent auction, which will feature items including a signed Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning jersey, a stick signed by Hockey Hall of Famers Gordie Howe and Ron Ellis, and other hockey memorabilia. A team signed Petes jersey is up for grabs through a second intermission chuck-a-puck.
Saturday’s game is sponsored by CIBC, the official bank of the Petes and the CHL. The first 1,000 fans to visit CIBC in the north lobby will receive a Percy the Penguin doll to toss in a first intermission CIBC Centre Ice Challenge. The winner will receive $500 for themselves, as well as $500 for a local charity of their choice.
Be sure to head to The Corner Bar (located in the northest corner of the arena) where Smithavens Brewing Company and Publican House Brewery will be offering free craft beer samples to fans of legal drinking age.
Students of Lakefield College School will perform the national anthem.
As of Friday afternoon, less than 200 tickets remain for the game. Game tickets are available starting at $8 through the Collins Barrow PMC Box Office, online, or by phone at (705) 743-3561.
Saturday is the last game for which fans can redeem Petes Holiday Flex Pack vouchers. Fans can still purchase packs up until game time. Receive four regular bowl flex vouchers to be used at any remaining January home games, as well as two Petes rocks glasses for just $59.99, a savings of over 40%. Don’t forget to download the free Petes Mobile App, available for iPhone or Android devices.