Smith Shuts Out 67’s in March Break Matinee

The Petes and Ottawa 67’s squared off for a March Break matinee game on Wednesday at TD Place. It was a tight game from wire to wire, but Scott Smith was the difference as he picked up his first career shutout and the Petes moved to within just one point of securing first place in the Eastern Conference.

In the opening frame, Peterborough was desperate to find the back of the net after two less-than-stellar starts on the road last weekend. Logan DeNoble came through for the mighty maroon and white, sneaking the puck around Leo Lazarev after taking a drop pass from Chris Paquette.

Adam Timleck also had an assist on the play, which was the only goal of the first period. The 67’s were up 9-8 in shots after one period.

There were no goals in the frame, but the second period was a dominating performance for the Petes. The visitors ended up with a 12-4 shot lead after the game’s 40-minute mark, and while Scott Smith was sharp where he needed to be in the second period, it was the pesky Leo Lazarev who kept his 67’s in the game.

Heading into the third period, with the Petes protecting a precarious 1-0 lead, Ottawa began to apply pressure. Smith was excellent through the first ten minutes, and continued his fine play right down to the wire, with Lazarev also performing well under pressure. Ottawa had a great final push, but Smith was locked in and after Steve Lorentz scored an empty net inurance goal, the buzzer sounded to mark Smith’s first career OHL shutout in what could be the 1997-born keeper’s final OHL game.

The final shots on goal were 27-24 for the Petes, with Smith, Lazarev, and DeNoble earning first, second, and third stars of the game, respectively.

The final regular season home game of the season takes place on Thursday night against the Hamilton Bulldogs, and is the first ever CCM ‘Sticks out of our hands’ night in Peterborough. 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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