The Petes wrapped up last weekend’s play with a commanding 8-5 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs, having claimed a 5-3 victory over the Saginaw Spirit and falling 4-1 to the rival Generals on Thursday and Friday, respectively.
Now, the top teams in the OHL’s Eastern and Western Conferences face off for the only time at the PMC this season.
The men in maroon will look to #StopTheSting, who are riding a 13-game win streak into Thursday’s match-up.
Over the past five season, the Petes are 4-5-0-1 against the Imperial City team, including a 2-3 record on home ice. Sarnia defeated Peterborough 6-1 the last time the clubs met on October 20, 2016.
Overage players Nikita Korostelev and Alex Black will face their former club for the first time since being acquired by the Petes on December 31, 2016 in a trade that sent defenceman Nick Grima and six picks to Sarnia. Likewise, Grima will make his first appearance at the PMC since the blockbuster deal.
Special teams were the story for the maroon and white on Sunday, but they’ll want to stay disciplined throughout the game, as Sarnia’s power play is operating at the second-best efficiency in the league.
Logan DeNoble is leading the team both on and off the ice, with 11 goals, 9 assists, 20 points, and a plus/minus rating of +7. Adam Timleck has been a consistent presence for the club, playing at a point-per-game pace recording 7 goals, 9 assists, and 16 points while maintaining the team’s best plus/minus rating at +8.
A key component in Sarnia’s hot streak has been the play of goaltender Justin Fazio and forward Justin Kyrou. Fazio, the OHL’s Goaltender of the Month for October, has recorded 8 straight wins with a 2.48 goals against average and .939 save percentage. Kyrou, the OHL’s Player of the Month for October, lead the league with 12 goals, 13 assists, and 25 points in 12 games. He recorded points in 11 of 12 contests, and had three consecutive three-point outings.
The Petes will attempt to break Sarnia’s streak while defending a streak of their own – they’ve won seven straight at the PMC. Rookie Nick Robertson is expected to return after suffering an injury in practice last week, while Zach Gallant and Nick Isaacson are sidelined with injuries.
Off the ice, fans can support the United Way in the north lobby. Check out the silent auction that features a pair of Toronto Maple Leafs tickets, signed memorabilia, and more. Take part in the second intermission chuck-a-puck and you could win a pair of Toronto Maple Leafs tickets and a Petes jersey.
The Petes will be back in action on at the PMC at 7:05pm on Saturday, November 4 against the Barrie Colts before heading to Mississauga for a matinee match-up with the Steelheads on Sunday at 2:00pm. Game tickets are available starting at $8 through the Collins Barrow PMC Box Office, online, or by at phone at (705) 743-3561.