Lino Martschini was the overtime hero as the Petes beat the Ottawa 67’s 5-4 on Thursday night to leapfrog the Oshawa Generals in the Eastern Conference Standings, but the Canadian Cancer Society was the real winner on the night as the Petes for Pediatrics fundraising event raised just shy of $42,000 for life saving childhood cancer research.
Nick Ritchie opened the scoring 7:33 into the game with his 12th of the season and giving the Petes a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes of play, while Andrew D’Agostini was perfect in goal for the Petes stopping all 15 shots he faced.
The Petes built a 2-0 lead 13:16 into the 2nd period on Stephen Pierog’s 8th goal of the season and second in as many games, but the 67’s got on the board at 13:51 on a goal by Ryan Van Stralen and again at 17:03 with a powerplay goal by Sean Monahan. Again, D’Agostini was very solid in the Petes net stopping 19 shots for a 2 period total of 34 saves.
The 67’s took their first lead of the game at 9:17 of the 3rd period on a goal by Marc Zanetti, but this time the Petes battled back with a pair of quick goals by Alan Quine at 13:31 and Andrew Yogan at 13:55 to take a 4-3 lead. The 67’s scored the equalizer with just 36 seconds remaining in regulation time on a goal by Mike Vlajkov forcing overtime.
Lino Martschini sealed the victory for the Petes 40 seconds into overtime for his 4th consecutive game winning goal and 17th goal of the season.
Next action for the Petes is Saturday night when they travel to Owen Sound to take on the Attack.