Peterborough’s pre-season record suffered a hit at the hands of the Barrie Colts on Saturday night as the Petes dropped a 5-1 game on the road.
The physicality between the clubs started early, with four minor penalties being dished out by the officials in the first nine minutes of the first period. The Petes managed six shots across three early power play chances, but Russian rookie netminder Maksim Zhukov turned them all away, as well as Peterborough’s other three shots in the frame. Peterborough’s Hunter Jones was perfect through 20 minutes, too.
What the opening frame lacked in excitement the second period made up for with three goals between the teams.
Barrie broke open the scoreboard at 6:07, just 25 seconds into their first man advantage of the period, at the hands of Jason Wilms with assistance from Ryan Suzuki and Lucas Chiodo. Suzuki then expanded Peterborough’s deficit while the Colts were shorthanded, the score then 2-0 as Christopher Cameron assisted on the play.
Just over two minutes later, Chad Denault eagerly cut Barrie’s lead in half. After picking up a turned over puck in front of Zhukov’s cage, the sophomore forward lifted the puck into the back of the net to make it a 2-1 game.
Jones kept his crew in the game with a stunning post-to-post glove save late in the stanza off a 3-on-1 rush by the home team.
Barrie held a slight 22-21 lead on the shot clock after 40 minutes.
Any momentum the maroon and white had heading in the third seemed to quickly fade, as the final period was all Colts. Wilms, Tyler Tucker, and Ben Hawerchuck potted Barrie’s third, fourth and fifth goals, respectively, to solidify a win in their final pre-season game.
Final shots were 35-25 in favour of Barrie, marking the first game of the pre-season in which the Petes were outshot.
Tucker, Wilms, and Suzuki were named the first, second and third stars of the game.
Saturday’s loss brings Peterborough’s pre-season record to 2-2, and hope to close out exhibition play with a win on Sunday when they face the Oshawa Generals in Port Perry at 6:00pm.
Opening night is less than a week away! The Petes beging the regular season against the Kingston Frontenacs on Thursday, September 20. Tickets for Thursday and all other 2018-19 regular season games are available through the PMC Collins Barrow Box Office in person, online, or by phone at (705) 743-3561.