Owen Sound Attacks, Petes Fall 5-2

Jess Van Staalduinen

Nick Robertson’s two goals weren’t enough to solve Mack Guzda and the Attack on Thursday night as the Petes fell 5-2 to the Attack.

Prior to the game, the Petes organization recognized David Maier (Austria), Nick Robertson (United States), and Owen Sound’s Aidan Dudas and head coach Alan Letang (Canada) for representing their countries in World Junior action.

Peterborough struggled early to get out of their own zone as a red-hot start by Owen Sound led to an early goal by Kaleb Lawrence.

The beginning of the game continued to work in Owen Sound’s favour when the officials raised their arms to penalize Peterborough for holding. The seventh overall penalty killing unit almost killed the full two minutes but not before Matthew Philip beat Jones for a 2-0 lead.

Peterborough got their legs moving and generated lots of opportunities in the final minutes of the first period but Owen Sound was still up 2-0 and was out-shooting 14-11.

The Lift Lock Lads carried momentum from the final minutes of the first into the second period by outshooting and outhitting the Attack.

Just like at the World Juniors, Nick Robertson continued to be a goaltender’s worst nightmare as his lethal wrist shot beat Mack Guzda high blocker side to cut the Attack’s lead to 2-1. Liam Kirk picked up his career-high 23rd assist and Semyon Der-Arguchintsev picked up his league-leading 44th assist as he got the secondary helper on Robertson’s 24th goal. 

Not long after Robertson’s tally a bad bounce off of Deni Goure in front of Jones put the Attack up 3-1 halfway through the second period. 

The Petes continued to build on their momentum, but still trailed 3-1 and were outshot 22-19 through 40 minutes.

Owen Sound forced a turnover halfway through the final period which generated a 2-on-1 and Adam McMaster used his patience with the puck to beat Jones glove side for a 4-1 lead.

With a minute left in the game, Owen Sound was penalized for hooking and Nick Robertson netted his second goal of the night to cut the Attack’s lead to 4-2. Der-Arguchintsev and Declan Chisholm picked up the assists on the play.

Down by two goals, Rob Wilson opted to pull Jones with seconds remaining for an extra attacker but Barret Kirwin converted on the empty net to seal the win for Owen Sound.

Final shots were 28-27 in favour of Peterborough. Guzda, Brady Lyle and Robertson were named the game’s First Choice Haircutters first, second, and third stars of the game. The Mark’s Hardest Working Pete was Max Grondin.

The Petes will honour Alumnus Colin Campbell this Saturday, January 11 with a banner raising ceremony when the divisional rivals Ottawa 67’s visit the PMC on Saves 4 CF Night presented by CARSTAR. Recently acquired Akil Thomas will make his Petes debut when the puck drops at 7:00 PM.

Tickets for all regular season home games are available through the PMC Grant Thornton Box Office in person and over the phone at (705) 743-3561 Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 5:00pm, and 24 hours a day online.

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