PRE-GAME WARM-UP: Petes vs. Storm – Jan. 11 @ 7:05pm

The new-look Peterborough Petes hit home ice for the first time on Thursday as they host the Guelph Storm for the only time this season.

Since last Thursday’s home game against the Spitfires, both the Petes roster and bench have seen change. After Jody Hull was relieved of his head coaching duties on Friday, centre Jonathan Ang was traded to the Sarnia Sting in exchange for second year right winger Brady Hinz and a pair of picks (Sarnia’s 2nd round pick in 2020 and Sarnia’s 3rd round pick in 2022).

Although Ang’s offensive prowess will be missed, in Hinz, Peterborough adds a hardworking, competitive player who has the ability to produce at the OHL level now and in the coming years. Both players have registered 21 even strength points this season.

The Petes will forge ahead through the second half of the season under the leadership of Interim Head Coach Andrew Verner with a roster that was finalized after January 10’s 12 noon trade deadline.

Verner’s first test as bench boss came on the road in Ottawa in a spirited one-goal affair that saw the 67’s leapfrog the Petes in the standings with a 3-2 win.

Timleck vs GuelphOn Thursday, the maroon and white will face a Storm team that has seen some change of their own. The Midwest Division club saw the departure of Detroit Red Wings prospect Givani Smith to the Kitchener Rangers in exchange for three Priority Selection picks.

The Storm took the first meeting between the teams with a 3-1 win over the Petes in their first game back after the holiday break. Peterborough holds a 2-7-0-0 record against the opposition over the past five seasons.

Guelph comes into the PMC with the league’s third ranked road power play (25.6%), but hold the 19th ranked road penalty kill (71.4%).

Peterborough native and Guelph centre Cedric Ralph will be making his second appearance at the PMC and third against the Petes as a member of the Storm. The game also marks the return of Jake Grimes, former Petes Assistant Coach from 2015-2017, now Associate Coach of the Storm.

Thursday’s game is sponsored by Reliance Home Comfort, who will be giving away free Reliance water bottles and Reliance reusable grocery bags to the first 1,500 fans through the doors.

More than 300 Peterborough Girls Hockey Association (PGHA) players will take in the game with their teammates and families. PGHA representatives will take part in a pre-game ceremonial puck drop. Fans are invited to participate in the second intermission chuck-a-puck, the proceeds from which will directed to the PGHA, supporting women in sport. Prizes up for grabs include a team signed Petes jersey, a $50 Lansdowne Place gift card, and an Ice Kats prize pack.

Students of St. Martin Catholic Elementary School will perform the national anthem.

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 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.

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