Othmann Scores Winner With 52 Seconds Left as Petes Take Down Oshawa 3-2

The biggest rivalry in junior hockey renewed on Thursday night when the Petes hosted the Oshawa Generals at the PMC on Crime Stoppers Night. The Generals entered the game on a three-game win streak, as the Petes were looking for a bounce back win after falling to Kingston 2-1 on a rare Monday night matchup earlier this week. Potential first round NHL draft pick Calum Ritchie was looking to keep the Generals’ hot streak alive after racking up four points in his last two games.

The first period looked to start just the way the Petes wanted, with the Generals taking a penalty 1:55 into the game. That early enthusiasm quickly took a turn on the ensuing powerplay. The Generals would force a shorthanded breakaway with Luke Torrance tearing down the ice. Michael Simpson made a beautiful first save, but unfortunately for the Petes, Ryan Gagnier followed up and put in the rebound to give Oshawa a 1-0 lead.

The Petes started to settle down after the goal, with many scoring chances throughout the middle part of the period. That pressure finally paid off with 4:22 left in the period. Sam Mayer fired a shot at Generals goalie Jacob Oster that Brennan Othmann would get a stick on. The deflection beat Oster to tie the game at 1-1. The goal was Othmann’s second since returning from the World Juniors where he won a gold medal with Canada. The game would stay tied at one-a-piece heading into the break with Peterborough leading 14-11 in shots.

The Petes penalty kill was the star of the show in the second period. The PK unit battled hard to kill off back to back penalties against the number one powerplay in the league to start the middle frame. The Petes would build off of that momentum and take the lead half way through. At the 13:13 mark of the period, Tucker Robertson would break into the zone, get behind the Generals defence, and make a move to beat Oster on the forehand and give Peterborough the 2-1 lead. That would be the only goal of the period as both goalies battled to keep the game low scoring. The Petes would take the lead into the final 20, leading in shots 26-18.

Oshawa wasted no time getting going in the third period. Just 47 seconds in, Calum Ritchie would throw a puck at the net that somehow made its way through a crowd to beat a screened Simpson and tie it up at 2-2. That set up a battle of a third period with both teams fighting to take the lead. Finally, with only 52 seconds remaining, Brennan Othmann ripped his second of the game after returning from taking a puck to the face in the second period. The goal was Othmann’s 16th of the season and would give the Petes the 3-2 lead against their rivals.

Brennan Othmann led the way for the Petes with two goals, while Avery Hayes had two assists. Tucker Robertson scored and Owen Beck, Gavin White, Sam Mayer, and Cam Gauvreau all had an assist. Michael Simpson was fantastic again in the Petes net, stopping 25/27 for his 17th win of the season.

The Petes travel to Guelph tomorrow to take on the Storm for the first time since the 2019-20 season. Puck drop is at 7:30PM. You can catch the game on TSN as part of the CHL on TSN series.

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