Smith Leads the Petes Into a Tie for First Place in the Eastern Conference

The intersection of Lock and Lansdowne was the scene on Saturday night as the Petes lined up against the North Bay Battalion. The Electric City Kids started slow, but played their best hockey in the third period en route to a 5-2 win, moving them into a tie for first place in the OHL Eastern Conference.

The Petes couldn’t get organized on an early powerplay, and despite good puck possession numbers, the home squad was badly out-shot in the first period. When North Bay got their first crack at a man-advantage, they made good, as Steve Harland and Brady Lyle played pitch-and-catch before Justin Brazeau tipped in a rocket point-shot.

The Troops controlled nearly all of the first period, putting together a commanding 20-7 shot lead when all was said and done, but Scott Smith and the Petes PK were strong in the late stages, and Adam Timleck put together a great effort to tie the game at 1-1 on a right circle wrist-shot after stripping and chipping the puck to himself, with Josh Coyle earning an assist.

The second period was a more energetic frame for the Petes, who jumped out to a 2-1 lead when Coyle dove and sniped a la Bobby Orr, drawing helpers from Zach Gallant and Alex Black. The Peterborough lead looked like it would be maintained heading into the third, especially as Smith made a miraculous save with 30 seconds to play. That save produced a rebound, though, and Brazeau knocked home his second of the game to tie the game at 2-2 from Brett McKenzie and Harland.

With the third period on tap, Petes fans were hoping for a more dominating performance from their squad, who trailed 33-20 in shots after 40 minutes.

The mighty maroon and white delivered for the home crowd, putting a nice forecheck on and finding much more balance in the third. Scoring the go-ahead goal was the lightning rod Nikita Korostelev burying a rebound from Brandon Prophet and Jonathan Ang.

Up 3-2 mid-way through the stanza, the Petes drew another powerplay and this time made good, as Logan DeNoble finished off a great passing play with an even better deke to extend the lead to 4-2.

The Petes weren’t done in the third, as Steve Lorentz added his twelfth tally of the season to bring the score to 5-2. Matt Timms and Ang had assists on the final goal of the game, moving the Petes into a tie for first place in the Eastern Conference. Scott Smith, Brazeau, and Coyle were the first, second, and third stars of the game, while Nikita Korostelev was the Mark’s hardest working player of the game. The final shots on goal were 43-34 for the Battalion.

Next up for the Petes is a home game on Thursday, January 12 against the arch rival Oshawa Generals at 7:05pm. Tickets are available online, at the Collins Barrow Box Office (closed Monday), 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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