After a slow start in game two on Saturday, the Petes had a big second period and skated to a 2-0 series lead and a 6-3 win against the Niagara IceDogs.
On Tuesday, the Meridian Centre will see its first sight of playoff hockey this season as the ‘Dogs host the Petes in game three. The game will be broadcast on Sportsnet ONE from coast-to-coast.
Dylan Wells will be making his return to the city he grew up in, St. Catharines, Ontario. It’ll be Wells’ first playoff road start of his Ontario Hockey League career. Wells was a member of the Niagara North Stars before he joined the Petes and although this might be a big deal to some, Wells likes to think otherwise.
“I’m not going to try and overthink it too much. I got my first two out of the way here (Memorial Centre) and it’s just another game,” said Wells. “I’ve played in Niagara before and I know what it’s like. I like the building, I like the fans, and I’ll have a lot of family there, so it should be fun.”
Through the first two games of the 2017 OHL playoffs, Wells shone for his Peterborough Petes. Playing all 120 minutes and boasting a .936 save percentage. Allowing five goals on 78 shots, with two goals coming on Niagara power plays. Despite the slow playoff start by Wells’ blue-paint counterpart, Stephen Dhillon had an impressive regular season and one for the record books. In his third year in the OHL and third with the IceDogs, Dhillon passed former IceDog Mark Visentin for most saves in a single season, finishing with 2114. Dhillon finished first in the league in saves, with 421 more than his second-place playoff opponent Dylan Wells. Here’s how the two match-up head-to-head after two games.
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Games three and four of the Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals are set for Tuesday and Thursday at the Meridian Centre. If Niagara wins either game, the Petes will host game five at the Memorial Centre at 7:05pm on Saturday, April 1.