The Peterborough Petes continued their Northern road trip on Saturday night, travelling to Sault Ste. Marie to take on the powerhouse Greyhounds for their third game in three nights. After demolishing the visiting Rangers on Thursday night, the Petes were edged in a shoot-out in Sudbury on Friday. The result was the same on Saturday night, as Peterborough scored with 1.2 seconds left in the third to force OT, but were eventually edged 3-2 in the seventh round of the shoot-out.
The Greyhounds got off to a quick start, as elite defenceman Darnell Nurse scored just three minutes into the frame from Andrew Fritsch and Sergey Tolchinsky to put the home team ahead. Top 2014 NHL draft prospect Nick Ritchie provided the answer for Peterborough, scoring his tenth of the season from Josh MacDonald to tie the game at the 7:33 mark. Petes starter Andrew D’Agostini and Hounds keeper Matt Murray – the undisputed best goalie in the OHL – were solid through the remainder of the first period with the Soo leading 11-9 in shots.
The second period was a defensive stalemate, with the Petes registering 12 shots on goal and Greyhounds answering with 10 chances of their own. No-one could find the back of the net in front of the 4589 fans in attendance, and the teams entered the third period locked at 1-1.
Sault Ste. Marie controlled the first portion of the third period, and Jean Dupuy notched his fifth goal of the season assisted by David Miller and Blake Speers at the 6:18 mark. Murray was locked in for the next 13:40 as the Petes were tireless in their attempt to force overtime. Brandon Devlin was the Petes’ Saturday saviour, finding a rare kink in the Hounds armour, beating Murray with 1.8 seconds left in regulation from Ritchie and Jonatan Tanus to force OT. The overtime session proved ineffective, and the Petes went to a shoot-out for the second time in as many nights.
In the shoot-out, D’Agostini and Murray were in fine form, each making five saves in the first six rounds. In the seventh round, Blake Speers snuck one past D’Agostini, Colorado Avalanche prospect Michael Clarke couldn’t answer, and the Petes fell 3-2. D’Agostini and Murray each ended with 32 saves through the four periods of play, and the two sandwiched Nick Ritchie as the third and first stars.
The Petes ended the three-in-three week-end series with four out of a possible six points, and the team sits firmly in third place in the OHL East Division. Their next game is at home on Thursday, November 14th against the Owen Sound Attack. Tickets are still available here, ands are reminded that bids are still being taken here in the Remembrance Week commemorative game worn jersey online silent auction supporting the Hastings & Prince Edward Regiment Trust Fund.
Photo credit: Sault Star