PRE-GAME WARM-UP: Petes vs. Steelheads – Feb. 15 @ 7:05pm
The Mississauga Steelheads visit the PMC for the first time this season on Thursday, February 15 at 7:o5pm in what will be the third of four match-ups between the squads. The game will be a crucial one for the Petes – they sit six points back of the eighth final playoff spot currently occupied by Mississauga, who have a game in hand.
The Kitchener Rangers defeated the Steelheads 3-2 in Mississauga’s annual school day game on Wednesday afternoon, while the Petes are coming off a loss to the Oshawa in which the Generals came back from a 3-0 deficit to take the game by a score of 7-5.
The Fish have taken both meetings of the clubs this season, with a dominant 9-2 win in early November, and a much closer 4-3 overtime victory in late January.
The Steelheads, who are 6-3-0-1 in their last ten games (including 2 wins over the Barrie Colts and 1 over the Kingston Frontenacs), have 4 players who have cracked the 50-point mark on the season – Nicolas Hague, Ryan McLeod, Albert Michnac, and Peterborough native Owen Tippett.
Vegas Golden Knights prospect Nicolas Hague has registered the most points for his club versus Peterborough this season. One of four OHL defencemen that leads his team in scoring (GUE – Ryan Merkley; LDN – Evan Bouchard; SAG – Marcus Crawford), Hague has put up 28 goals, 31 assists, and 59 points in 52 games, placing him 2nd in league scoring among rearguards and 20th overall. He recorded 1 goal and 2 assists against the maroon and white in Mississauga on November 5, and an additional 2 assists at the Hershey Centre on January 26. Hague has also scored the fifth-most power play makers (13) and fired the seventh-most shots on goal (209) over the course of the season. That he has the fifth-most penalty minutes (85) in the OHL makes his offensive statistics that much more impressive. After being named the OHL’s Defenceman of the Month for January (1oGP, 5G, 11A, 16P), Hague’s output has slowed to 3 goals in 7 games in February.
Mississauga has had solid goaltending from their tandem of Jacob Ingham and Emanuel Vella. Ingham has appeared in 36 games and has compiled a record of 13-18-0-2, while Vella is 11-9-0-0 with 22 appearances. With Ingham, who was the third-ranked North American goalie in the latest NHL Central Scouting rankings ahead of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, starting in Wednesday’s game, it’s expected that Vella will get the call for Thursday’s tilt.
Veteran Nikita Korostelev and rookie Nick Robertson have the hottest sticks of late for the Petes. Korostelev earned runner-up honours for OHL Player of the Week after collecting 3 goals, 5 assists, and 8 points in 3 games last week. In his last 6 games, he’s amassed 4 goals, 7 assists, and 11 points. Robertson has been showing off his offensive flair over the past 5 games, registering 6 goals, 1 assist, and 7 points – 4 of those goals were scored against the rival Generals. His recent performance has helped him climb into tenth in rookie scoring.
Off the ice, fans in attendance can support Community Care Peterborough through a second intermission chuck-a-puck and will have the chance to win a team-signed Petes jersey. Funds raised will be directed to Community Care’s Meals on Wheels program, transportation services, and personal distress alarms.
Every fan at the game will receive a coupon to receive $2 off a sub, chip and drink combo purchase at Firehouse Subs.
The national anthem will be performed by the Kawartha Montessori School.
Support the Petes as they battle for a postseason position. Tickets are available starting at $8 through the Collins Barrow PMC Box Office, online, or by phone at (705) 743-3561.
Flex Packs are the most affordable and convenient way to see the Petes in action through the remainder of the season. 10 and 20 packs can be used in any combination at any regular season Petes home game. Call Steve at (705) 743-3681 ext. 263, or send him an email, for more information.