The Peterborough Petes hosted the East Division leading and long-time rival Oshawa Generals at the PMC on Saturday night for the final game of the 2013 calendar after a week without OHL action. Peterborough came out on top with a 4-2 decision in the rivalry match-up, kicking the second half of the season off in style.
The first period saw no shortage of chances for either team. Peterborough controlled play early on with a potent offensive attack that forced Generals goalie to make several big saves. The Gens bounced right back pouring the pressure on the maroon and white, but Petes starter Andrew D’Agostini was not to be outdone, making save after beautiful save.
Six minutes into the period, Gens tough guy blindsided Petes forward , earning a game misconduct and a five-minute major penalty while forcing a lengthy stoppage in play as Tanus was tended to by Petes trainer Brian Miller. Peterborough was unsuccessful on the long man advantage, but looked to build momentum with the powerplay. The game flow again shifted in Oshawa’s favour, though, as the visitors controlled most of the rest of the first period, but D’Agostini stood on his head keeping the score tied at 0-0 heading into the intermission. Oshawa lead 18-11 in shots after the opening stanza.
In the second period, the Petes again looked to give the home fans something to cheer about, but D’Agostini and Altshuller traded big saves as the period progressed. It would be the Petes who drew first blood, though, as Nick Ritchie potted a quick backhand in the slot drawing an assist from 7:29 into the period. answered for Oshawa, burying a cross with 8:12 to play in the 2nd.
Peterborough was quick to respond, though, as less than two minutes later ended a lengthy Petes powerplay drought with a rocket from the sideboards assisted by Nelson Armstrong and to make it 2-1. The rivals again swapped chances as the buzzer neared, and there was no shortage of bad blood. With two minutes to play, Nick Ritchie collided with Altshuller forcing the refs to hand down a game misconduct, putting the Gens on a five minute powerplay. They couldn’t score as the period wound down, though, as Peterborough took a 2-1 lead and 28-24 shot advantage into the third frame.
The third period started with a big Peterborough penalty kill, as Oshawa failed to generate any major chances. 4:36 into the period, added to the Petes lead with a dandy deke to make it 3-1 assisted by Eric Cornel and Greg Betzold. As the period progressed past the mid-way mark, D’Agostini was continually sharp, turning aside all Generals chances. With just 4:10 to play in regulation, Devlin notched a second powerplay marker with another bullet of a point shot to make it 4-1.
scored his first OHL goal 46 seconds later from to make it 4-2, but this would prove to be the last of the scoring as Peterborough walked away with a big win to start the second half of the season. Andrew D’Agostini, , and were the game’s first, second, and third stars, respectively, while Greg Betzold earned Mark’s Work Wearhouse Hardest Working Player honours. The Petes are in action again as they take on the Bulls in Belleville at 5pm on New Years Day. The next home game is against the Barrie Colts at the PMC next Thursday, January 2nd. Tickets are still available here, and don’t forget to follow the Petes on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the best content and latest updates from your mighty Maroon and White!