Things didn’t go as planned last Thursday against the defending OHL champion Erie Otters. After raising the East Division champions banner and recognizing some of the finer moments from 2016-17, the Petes went to work, showcasing just how strong and skilled the mighty maroon and white can be this year. The Otters were patient, though, and eventually capitalized on their opportunities en route to a 5-2 opening game win.
The worst thing about the loss? The Petes only played one game in OHL Opening Week, and have had a full seven days to live with the loss. If you asked the players, though, they are even more motivated to come into Thursday’s game against the Generals and pick up a win.
Oshawa’s start to the 2017-18 campaign has been much stronger. The Generals jumped out of the gate with an 8-2 opening night win against the Sudbury Wolves, and followed it up with a 7-4 victory in Sault Ste. Marie. Leading the way for the Gennies on the weekend was sophomore Allan McShane who recorded 7 assists in two games, making him the league-leader in points after opening week.
For the Petes, Adam Timleck and rookie Nick Robertson were stand-outs in game one. Timleck tallied two assists, while Robertson picked up his first career point (also an assist). The skilled, speedy forwards proved to be two prime examples of what seems like a new era of Petes hockey.
High-octane forwards Jonathan Ang and Chris Paquette, although strong on the ice, were clearly missing some chemistry with their linemates last week. Both players hadn’t practiced with the squad in the weeks leading up to the Home Opener, as they were at NHL Training Camps until the morning of the 28th. Watch for Paq and Anger to provide an offensive spark this weekend.
With a $5 student night on hand, and hometown hero Cody Crowley pumping up fans before the game, the electric city kids are ready to bounce back against the arch-rival Oshawa Generals on Thursday night. Cogeco will be handing out magnet schedules.
The Petes were 4-3-1-0 against the Generals in 2017-18, including the first win of the 2016-17 season on September 28 – a 4-1 victory at home.
Tickets are still remaining for Thursday’s rivalry tilt. Click here to purchase online, or visit the PMC Collins Barrow Box Office in person or by phoning (705) 743-3681.