The Petes were home for a three game homestand and began that defense with the recently shuffled Oshawa Generals, with both teams looking for a victory in restructured forms it was the Gens who earned the W by a single goal at 6-5 in Overtime.
The game kicked off with presentations to Tye Austin for his achievements as the OHL East Division Academic Player of the Month, and to three Generals that took part in the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship – Kyle Keyser (USA) and Nando Eggenberger and Nico Gross (Switzerland). Gibson’s Finest Canadian Whisky also made a donation of $2,500 to the Petes Education Fund.
The first mark of the opening period came from the Generals as Anthony Salinitri got an assist from Allan McShane and Nicholas Mattinen to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
The home team earned their first of the night with 9:25 on the clock as recently announced CHL Team Cherry member Nick Robertson scored unassisted to bring the game to a 1-1 tie.
Oshawa wouldn’t let the tie stand for long as only minutes later McShane took a puck from Giovanni Vallati and Mattinen past Hunter Jones to put the Gens in a 2-1 leading position.
26 seconds before the buzzer sounded the Petes returned the game to a tie with a goal from Max Grondin assisted by Chad Denault and Cole Fraser.
The teams would leave the ice after 20 in a 2-2 tie as Oshawa held the shots 15-8.
It wasn’t until 12:09 on the cloak in the second frame that anyone registered a goal to break the tie, it just so happened to be Ryan Merkley’s first as a Pete with assists going to two of his fellow 2018-selected NHL prospects in Declan Chisholm and Semyon Der-Arguchintsev.
For a moment it was a 3-2 lead for the home team until Oshawa’s recent acquisition Brandon Saigeon took an assist from Switzerland’s World Junior Captain Nando Eggenberger to once again tie the score at 3-3 while marking his first with the Gens.
With 41 seconds left the Generals broke the tie they had created and claimed the lead by a score of 4-3 as McShane scored his second of the night on a breakaway with an assist from the other Swiss junior in Nico Gross.
The second ended with the Gens in control of both the scoreboard and the shots, 4-3 and 28-18 respectively.
The third would open sharply as it was punctuated with an early goal from Oshawa in under 20 seconds to increase their lead to 5-2 as William Ennis scored unassisted.
Another late goal would bring the Petes within one as Erik Cermak was assisted by Paquette and Fraser to raise the score to 5-4.
Before the buzzer sounded to signal a Generals victory the score was tied by a rocket from Adam Timleck as he was assisted by Fraser and Brady Hinz to make it 5-5 overall.
Timleck would be the last goal which would send the rivals into overtime where Oshawa’s Serron Noel would find the back of the net after only a minute which meant the Petes would drop the first of three at home 6-5 to the Generals
Final shots finished off at 35-27 in favour of the Generals .
McShane,Fraser, and would be named the game’s first, second, and third stars, while Robertson was named the Mark’s Hardest Working Player of the Game.
The Petes are back for the second game of the homestand, against the North Bay Battalion on Saturday, January 12th at 7:05pm, this also happens to be the 7th Saves For CF game benefiting Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
Tickets are available through the Collins Barrow Box Office in person, over the phone at (705) 743-3561, and online.
Petes Holiday Flex Packs are still available while supplies last. For just $59.99 (tax included), fans will receive two Petes holiday mugs, two $2 Tim Hortons Tim Cards, and four flexible ticket vouchers to be used for any Petes home game in January. The regular price of this package is $118, which means fans save almost 50% on the special offer. Contact Mike at (705) 743-3681 x 263.