A sold out Peterborough Memorial Centre took in the fourth annual Faceoff Against Dementia between the Petes and Oshawa Generals in support of the Peterborough Alzheimer’s Society on Saturday night. Among a number of other firsts, Saturday’s tilt was the first time this season that the Petes donned their classic maroon and white third jerseys.
The Petes opened up a 2-0 lead in the game, but conceded three to the Generals in the second period, eventually falling to the Gens in a shootout, evening up the all-time F.O.A.D. record to 2-2.
Saturday’s first period wasn’t an offensive showcase, but it did give fans everything they could ask for from a game between the oldest rivals in junior hockey. It took only 14 seconds to see the game’s first penalty, with Cole Fraser heading to the sin bin, but a clinical Petes penalty kill kept a pair of goose eggs on the board.
More rough stuff kept a crowd featuring hundreds of PMHC Midget Tournament of Champions hockey players entertained through the opening stanza. Big hits by Fraser and Austin Osmanski lead to yet more Generals powerplays, but the only goal of the period came off the stick of Petes penalty killers.
With just over three minutes left in the period, and mid-way through a five-minute major, Alex Black blocked a shot, Chris Paquette collected the puck and flew down the ice, and Zach Gallant converted a one-timer for the first tally of the night.
The electric city kids killed the remainder of the extended penalty with a few big Dylan Wells saves highlighting the defensive effort, and the first period ended with a 14-9 Oshawa shot advantage and a 1-0 Petes lead.
The mighty maroon and white scored again early in the second on another one-timer. This time, rookie Nick Robertson fed a beautiful behind-the-back pass to Nick Isaacson to double the Petes’ lead less than two minutes into P2.
The second stanza went downhill from there for the Petes, though. With eight seconds left in a Petes powerplay, Matt Brassard earned a penalty shot and converted for his twelfth of the season to put his team on the board.
To complete a three-goals-in-three-minutes stretch, Nick Wong (Commisso, Blacker) and Kenny Huether (Krasternbergs) each beat Wells to bounce the visitors into the lead mid-way through the period.
Late-period pressure by the Petes looked like it might create a tie game heading into the third, but Kyle Keyser held strong, and Oshawa took their 3-2 lead (and 25-18 shot advantage) into what looked like it might be the final period.
The first ten minutes of P3 were all Peterborough, as the homers started the stanza with ten shots to Oshawa’s two. Keyser was the man of the moment, though, clearing aside all chances he saw in the frame’s front half.
After four strong games to start his Petes career, Brady Hinz finally netted his first goal, stealing the puck and breaking down the right wing before roofing the biscuit, unassisted, over Keyser’s left shoulder to tie the game at 3-3.
Wells and Keyser shut the door for the final seven minutes of regulation, stopping a three-period total of 32 and 28 shots, respectively, before the game shifted to overtime.
Both teams had goal-line chances in the extra session, which was a full five minutes of end-to-end action. With 65 minutes of hockey in the books, though, a shootout was needed to decide the 2018 Faceoff Against Dementia champion.
For the Petes, Nikita Korostelev, Pavel Gogolev, and Logan DeNoble were all stopped, while Renars Krastenbergs was stoned by Wells before Matt Brassard deked his way to the game-winning shootout goal.
Mary Brown’s Chicken & Taters Three Stars
1st Star: Kenny Huether
2nd Star: Kyle Keyser
3rd Star: Dylan Wells
Mark’s Hardest Working Player: Matt Timms
Looking to cheer on the Petes down the stretch to the playoffs? Select tickets are still available for all remaining home games by visiting the PMC Collins Barrow Box Office online, in person, or by phoning (705) 743-3561.