Superior special teams were not enough to catch the division rival Generals, as the Petes fell 6-3 in Oshawa on Friday evening.
Early in the game, Alex Black was on the receiving end of a check to the head from Kyle MacLean, sending the Petes to their first power play opportunity of the evening. 51 seconds into the initial charge, Peterborough native Riley Stillman took a seat in the box as well after hauling down Adam Timleck. However, despite Oshawa holding the league’s 19th-ranked penalty kill, the Petes couldn’t convert on a flurry of shots.
After a successful penalty kill, the Gens were awarded their first extra man chance. Austin Osmanski was called for slewfooting – an infraction that resulted in a 5 minute major, game misconduct, and depleted defensive corps for the Petes. Dylan Wells stood his ground while the home team applied pressure, as he and his teammates kept the Generals at bay.
With under two minutes remaining in the extended power play, Oshawa appeared to open scoring. However, officials were quick to call off the so-called goal, citing goaltender interference.
Oshawa’s next scoring attempt, though, would count. After the puck bounced off multiple players in Peterborough defensive zone, Hayden McCool released a quick shot from the slot past Wells to give the Generals a 1-0 lead with 1:28 remaining.
In the closing minute of the period, the Petes cycled back to their own end in search of a breakout. Gleb Babintsev moved the puck up the ice to Chris Paquette, who left a drop pass for Pavel Gogolev. Gogolev fired the puck low blocker side on Keyser to tie the game at 1 with 2.6 seconds to play in the first. Paquette and Babintsev recorded assists on the play.
Shots were 15-10 in favour of the Gens through 20 minutes.
After having a goal called off in the first, MacLean battled for a puck behind Wells’ net, walked out front, and found the back of the net to restore Oshawa’s lead 2:26 into the middle frame.
McCool would extend his team’s lead to two with his second marker of the game. Despite a great block by Matt Timms on McCool’s initial slot, he picked up his own rebound to make it 3-1 Gens at 5:06.
Sean Allen and Korostelev would take minor penalties, for tripping and holding, respectively, 1:04 apart. Both clubs remained perfect on the penalty kill, but Oshawa’s Matt Brassard was able to broaden their lead to 4-1 during the 4-on-4 action.
Jonathan Ang added to his team-leading penalty minute total when he was called for holding the stick at 14:41. Peterborough continued to shut down Oshawa’s power play units.
The Generals continued to lead the shot clock, 25-19, after two periods of play.
Oshawa continued to dominate in the first half of the final period. Kenny Huether fed McCool with a no-look, backhand pass to the slot to complete his first OHL hat trick, further widening his team’s lead.
Sean Allen was penalized for boarding, sending the Petes to their fourth power play of the game. Ang, Korostelev, and Logan DeNoble connected on a textbook man-advantage play at 11:34 to double Peterborough’s score.
Alex Black and McCool were sent off for holding and roughing at 12:04 after getting into a battle in the corner, leading to another bout of 4-on-4 hockey. Brassard netted his second of the night, bringing the score to 6-2 for the Gens.
With a General in the box serving a too many men penalty, Ang found Semyon Der-Arguchintsev alone in front. SDA made no mistake, firing the puck into a nearly wide open net to cut Oshawa’s lead to 6-3. Zach Gallant collected the secondary assist on Der-Arguchintsev’s sixth goal of the campaign.
A stronger third period resulted in Peterborough out-shooting the Generals 31-30, but it wasn’t enough to catch the division rival club.
McCool, Brassard, and Serron Noel were named the game’s first, second, and third stars.
With the win, the Generals take a 3-1 season series lead.
The Petes will regroup before heading to Hamilton for a matinee matchup with the Bulldogs on Sunday, December 17 at 2:00pm.
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