The Peterborough Petes hosted their Western Conference rival Kitchener Rangers on Thursday night in Peterborough. Heading into the game, the Petes had lost their last four home games, conceding an average of eight goals per game in the skid. The Peterborough squad swung the momentum the other way on this night, though, exploding for a 7-0 win.
The Petes wore commemorative Remembrance Week jerseys during the game, and although the uniform change may not have been the spark, it didn’t take long for the Petes to jump out to a lead. Nick Ritchie, who had missed the previous four matches due to an injury, scored his seventh goal of the season just 21 seconds in the first period, assisted by Nelson Armstrong.
The first period was a highly offensive affair, with both teams registering solid scoring chances, but Petes’ starter Andrew D’Agostini and his Kitchener counter-part Matt Greenfield were solid through the middle portion of the frame. Peterborough got the better of Greenfield, though, as Ritchie netted his second of the game short-handed at 13:50 in the first, withStephen Pierog adding an assist. The first period ended with the Petes up 2-0 and leading 13-12 in shots.
The second period was much like the first, with Stephen Pierog scoring an early goal from Jonatan Tanus and Cameron Lizotte, who registered his first career OHL point with the assist. Clark Seymour scored the first of three powerplay goals on the night for the Petes just two minutes later, with Tanus adding another assist and Michael Clarke earning a helper as well. The 4-0 goal was enough to drive Matt Greenfield from the net, and Jordan DeKort entered the game in relief.
DeKort was effective for Kitchener early, but Petes’ forward Eric Cornel netted his ninth goal of the campaign at 17:30 from Ritchie and Josh MacDonald on the power play. Just two minutes later Seymour popped in his second of the night, drawing an assist from Josh Maguire with less than five seconds on the clock to bring the Petes’ lead to 6-0 heading into the third period.
The Rangers showed signs of the life in the third and final frame, but D’Agostini and his Petes stood on their collective head and shut down all Kitchener scoring chances. Michael Clarke added a power play goal from Brandon Devlin and Nelson Armstrong at the 14:10 mark to make the score 7-0. D’Agostini’s shut-out would hold up as he made 28 saves on the night.
Ritchie was named the game’s first star with two goals and an assist on his return to the Petes’ lineup, while Clark Seymour’s two goals were good for the second star, and D’Agostini’s shut-out earned him third star honours. Jonatan Tanus was named the Mark’s Work Wearhouse Hardest Working Player of the Game based on his offense, defense, and grit on display throughout the game.
Fans can purchase the lucky commemorative Remembrance Week jerseys by bidding in the silent auction found at http://www.gopetesgo2.com/auction/. The auction closes on Sunday, November 17th at 9:00pm.
The Petes will head up to Sudbury to face the Wolves on Friday night before playing the Greyhounds in Sault Ste. Marie on Saturday. Peterborough is at home next Thursday, November 14th against the Owen Sound Attack. Don’t forget to follow the Petes on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest news and extra content.