PRE-GAME WARM-UP: Petes vs Rangers – Jan. 1 @ 2:05pm
The Peterborough Petes ended 2017 on a high note, snapping a six game losing skid in a come-from-behind 5-4 victory over the division rival Ottawa 67’s on Saturday night. Pavel Gogolev recorded his first career hat-trick, in which the third goal was the first of three unanswered third period markers by the Petes after being down 4-2 after two periods. Witht the win, the Petes leapfrogged the 67’s in the standings, moving up to fourth in the East Division, and sixth in the Eastern Conference.
Ending December the way we started it! Gogo scores 3⃣, leading the Petes to a 5-4 win over the @Ottawa67sHockey.
Next up: 2pm game vs Kitchener on New Year’s Day, plus a post-game skate.
— Peterborough Petes (@PetesOHLhockey) December 31, 2017
The end of the year hasn’t been awful for the Kitchener Rangers, either. They’re 2-0 in their first games of the second half, including a 5-1 win over the Owen Sound Attack, and a close 4-3 victory over the Erie Otters. With a 23-11-2-0 record, they lead the Midwest Division with 48 points, and are second in the Western Conference, behind only the Soo Greyhounds.
The maroon and white have played on New Year’s Day for ten consecutive seasons, with a balanced 5-5 record.
Each team is led in scoring by a Florida Panthers prospect – Kitchener by Adam Mascherin, and Peterborough by Jonathan Ang – both of whom were drafted by the NHL club in 2016. Mascherin, who was amassed 24 goals, 23 assists, and 47 points in 36 games, is riding a 13-game point streak and is fourth in league scoring.
On the other side of the ice, overage forward Nikita Korostelev has points 12 of his last 13 games, totaling 6 goals, 12 assists, and 18 points.
Although their road power play efficiency (16.9%) ranks 15th in the OHL, the Rangers have an impressive road penalty kill, limiting their opponents on 87.1% of their man advantage opportunities.
Despite a 1-for-6 power play on Saturday night, the Petes hold third spot in the league in home ice power play efficiency (27%). With a player in the box, their penalty killing unit sits 16th, running at 76.4%.
The teams have faced each other once this season, with Kitchener coming out on top with a 4-1 win on home ice. The Petes are 2-6-0-0 against the Rangers over the past five seasons.
Off the ice, finalists in the 2018 Snofest Idol contest will be providing entertainment in the arena’s main lobby before the game. Finalist Aimee Gordon will perform the national anthem.
Fans are invited to take part in a post-game skate with the Petes. The skate is free and open to all fans with a game ticket, who will get the opportunity to interact with the team and collect autographs.
Can the Petes tie the season series with a win on Monday? Be there to find out! Game tickets are available starting at $8 through the Collins Barrow PMC Box Office, online, or by phone at (705) 743-3561.
Petes Holiday Flex Packs are available while supplies last. Receive four regular bowl flex vouchers to be used between December 30 and January 20, 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.