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Petes Barrage Battalion for 8-3 Victory

Jess Van Staalduinen

The Petes fired a season-high 52 shots on net en route to an 8-3 barrage of the Battalion in North Bay on Sunday afternoon.

Contrary to last night’s game, the Petes got on the board first. Liam Kirk put away his tenth of the year with help from versatile defenceman John Parker-Jones and Jacob Paquette 8:37 into the game.

The league’s fifth ranked power play went to work as the Troops were penalized mid-way through the frame. Peterborough converted quickly with Nick Robertson’s 18th on the year extending their lead to 2-0 just 19 seconds into the man advantage. Declan Chisholm’s assist on the play lengthened his current point streak to 15 games, while Liam Kirk also assisted.

Robertson followed up 1:23 later with his second of the afternoon, this time with help from fellow Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Semyon Der-Arguchintsev and 2020 NHL draft-eligible Cameron Butler.

Nine seconds after the ensuing faceoff, Alex Christopolous responded for the Battalion. A long pass from Braden Henderson to Harrison Caines found Christopolous who made a backhand move to beat Hunter Jones, cutting Peterborough’s lead to 3-1.

An energetic opening period had the Petes sitting in good position after twenty minutes.

An overlapping pair of minor penalties to the maroon and white near the end of the first tested their penalty killers  but they were successful in limiting North Bay’s chances.

Although the Troops couldn’t take advantage on the power play, a shorthanded breakaway tally by Brad Chenier would bring the Battalion within one.

Countering for the Petes 25 seconds later was Keegan McMullen who doubled Peterborough’s lead on North Bay. Shawn Spearing and Paquette assisted on the rookie forward’s first OHL tally.

Brady Hinz would further add to Peterborough’s goal count with his fourth of the campaign with Michael Little and Zach Gallant, bringing the score after two periods to 5-2.

The Petes added three goals, and the Troops one, in the final frame.

After killing a five minute major, the Petes were handed another power play that saw Butler bury his fifth of the year with assistance from former Battalion David Maier and Hinz.

Niki Korpialho would score North Bay’s third and final goal of the day before Gallant added another tally to the scoreboard for the Lift Lock Lads, with Hinz and Kirk assisting.

Butler sealed Peterborough’s 8-3 win with his second of the game and third point of the night while Max Grondin and Hudson Wilson registered assists.

Peterborough fired a season-high 52 shots on net to North Bay’s 30. The Petes were 2/5 on the power play and 4/4 on the penalty kill.

Kirk, Hinz, and Nick Robertson were named the game’s first, second, and third stars.

It’ll be a quick turnaround for the maroon and white as they’ll host the Kingston Frontenacs in a rare Tuesday home game on November 5 at 7:05pm for First Responders night. All area first responders can claim a free ticket to Tuesday’s game by calling Drew Nascimento at (705) 743-3681 ext. 257 or sending him an email. 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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