Smith Leads Petes to a Win on his Birthday

Kingston played host to the Petes on Friday night, welcoming the rivals on Ogie Ogilthorpe night. Although the limestone lads jumped out to an early lead in an impressive first period, the Petes battled back and (although it took a shootout) won the game 4-3.

The first period was played in Ogie style, at least by the Petes, who surrendered 18 shots and put just five on net, but the damage was minimal as Kingston scored just one goal. The lone tally came off the stick of Sam Harding, who found the puck on his stick after a defensive zone Petes turnover, beating Scott Smith unassisted.

The second period was much more effective for the Petes, who tied the game early on with a goal from Steve Lorentz, assisted by Nikita Korostelev (his 100th career assist). Just two minutes later, though, Stephen Desrocher gave the Fronts their second lead of the night, finding the back of the net through a screen from Eemeli Rasanen and Cody Caron.

The mighty maroon and white were able to close out the period with a tie game. Kyle Jenkins was the goal scorer with help from Chris Paquette and Matt Timms. With the score tied at 2-2 and the shots still 29-14 in the Fronts’ favour, the third period loomed.

In the third, the Petes continued to push and gained their first lead of the game off the stick of Jonathan Ang, who finished a nice powerplay set-piece from Semyon Der-Arguchintsev and Chris Paquette. Peterborough had the game wrapped up at 3-2, but with 3.5 seconds left, Linus Nyman found the puck on his backhand and snuck it through Scott Smith’s pads with 3.5 seconds left to tie the game from Ted Nichol and Nathan Dunkley (after a linesmen review).

Overtime solved nothing, forcing a shootout between the rivals. Scott Smith, the birthday boy, stopped Linus Nyman in the first round, while Nikita Korostelev scored his league-leading seventh shootout goal (on seven tries; the next best player in the OHL has three). Although Jason Robertson scored for the Fronts, Steve Lorentz also tallied, and Smith shut down Nathan Billitier to seal the 4-3 win.

Desrocher, Paquette, and Dunkley were the first, second, and third stars of the game, with the final shots on goal 39-28 in Kingston’s favour.

Fans can take two days off, with the next Petes match is the annual Family Day game at the Memorial Centre in support of Five Counties Children’s Centre (plus free post-game skate with the Petes) on Monday. The 2:05pm game is against the Sudbury Wolves. Tickets are still available online, at the Collins Barrow Box Office, or by calling (705) 743-3561. Make sure you download the Petes Mobile App for iPhone or Android to stay up to date with the Petes all season long.

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