Heading into Saturday morning, it has been a successful weekend for the Petes already, but the mighty maroon and white are looking for one more ‘W’ on Saturday afternoon. Peterborough moved into a tie for first place in the Eastern Conference with back-to-back wins against Kingston on Thursday and Friday.
So far this season, the Petes have played four games against teams who entered the week on the CHL Top-10 list, and have won all four (Sept. 28 vs. Oshawa; Oct. 5 vs. Flint; Oct. 12-13 vs. Kingston).
Looking ahead to Saturday’s 4:05pm game, fans have plenty of reasons to get to the rink early for Sudbury’s first game at the PMC this season, both on and off the ice.
The Petes (6-2-0-1), have been lead offensively by Jonathan Ang, Adam Timleck and Logan DeNoble, but 19 players have already registered points, proving that depth is also going to be a strength in the Electric City.
Peterborough won all three games in a 3-in-3 weekend three times last season, including December 1-3 which kicked off the perfect month of December, and January 27-29, which included a 5-4 win against Sudbury.
Sudbury (2-4-2-0), struggled out of the gate this year, losing their first five games, but have since won two of three, including commanding 5-2 and 7-1 wins against Niagara and Ottawa, respectively.
Key to the Wolves’ success is Minnesota Wild prospect Dmitry Sokolov, who has 6 points in his last two games, including 3 goals and 2 assists on Friday night against Ottawa. Sudbury is still waiting for an explosion from David Levin, who is touted by some pundits as first round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. The top pick in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection has 4 goals and 3 assists, and is a -3 in eight games this year.
The first thousand fans in the doors for the rare 4:05pm start will receive a cowbell courtesy of the game’s sponsor, The Home Depot. Fans will also have the chance to purchase 1 of 150 signed Petes ‘mystery pucks’, with proceeds going to The Home Depot Canada Foundation. The fan that purchases the lucky golden puck will win a $100 Home Depot gift card. Between periods, Ryobi will showcase products in a Leaf Blower race.
Additionally, the Maverick Field Hockey Club will be on hand selling chuck-a-pucks to raise funds to help keep athletes in the game. Puck-tossers will have the chance to win a signed Petes jersey, tickets to an upcoming Petes game, a photo session, a gift card, a gift basket, and a Maverick Field Hockey Club Learn2Play membership.
Representatives of Thomas A. Stewart will take part in a pre-game ceremony, while hundreds of TAS alumni are expected to be in the crowd to take in the matinee game.
As part of the Peterborough Lakers Mann Cup celebrations, fans in attendance at the team’s event at Del Crary Park between 2:00 and 3:00pm Saturday afternoon will receive a voucher for a $13 regular bowl or $6 Sun Life Financial Family Zone ticket for the Petes game.
Peterborough native Cory Stillman will make his hometown OHL coaching debut, after being named head coach of the Sudbury Wolves this past summer.
Game tickets are available starting at $8 through the Collins Barrow PMC Box Office, online, or by at phone at (705) 743-3561.