It was another 1-goal game for the Petes, the fourth in their last five games, but the Ottawa 67’s extended their season series lead with a 3-2 win on Saturday afternoon.
The Petes appeared to be shaking out their early morning bus legs in the first five minutes of the game, being outshot 6-1. As the pace picked up, the referees handed out their first infractions of the afternoon. After an extremely delayed call, Alex Black was sent to the box for interfering with a 67. Ottawa’s power play was short lived, though, as 10 seconds into their man-advantage, newly acquired Jacob Cascagnette slashed a Petes defender. The resulting 10 second power play for the Petes wouldn’t give enough time for them to set a play.
It would be the home team that opened scoring Saturday afternoon. After breaking into the Petes zone, Sasha Chmelevski found Travis Barron in front of the net. With patience, Barron brought the puck to his backhand to get around Dylan Wells, registering his 8th goal of the season and giving his team a 1-0 lead at 15:55. Jacob Cascagnette recorded his first point as a 67 on the play.
After 20 minutes, Ottawa also led the shot clock, 12-5.
The men in maroon came out flying in the second, appearing to have been reenergized during the intermission.
With speed, Zach Gallant led the Petes into the offensive end. He found a trailing Pavel Gogolev in the slot, who made no mistake to put away his 15th of the season, and 4th against the 67’s in 2 games, tying the game at 1 at 3:22.
A few minutes later, the visiting Petes took their first lead of the game. The 67’s won the draw in Peterborough’s end, but Bobby Dow was able to pick the puck off of an Ottawa defenceman, taking off down the ice with Isaacson on a 2-on-1 rush. Dow passed to Isaacson, who snapped the puck blocker side past Olivier Tremblay for his second goal of the campaign at 6:10.
As the middle frame continued, the physicality between the clubs escalated, especially between Cole Fraser and Shaw Boomhower – two of the game’s biggest bodies.
Towards the end of the period, Ottawa was able to even the score. After Fraser broke up a 2-on-1, Austen Keating fired a wrist shot from the circle behind a sprawling Wells at 16:32. Merrick Rippon and Kody Clark earned the goal’s assists.
Peterborough was handed a power play opportunity in the game’s 37th minute as Shaw Boomhower was penalized for tripping, however, the Petes couldn’t capitalize.
The 67’s continued to outshoot the Petes 24-14 after 40 minutes of play.
Ottawa picked up where they left off after stepping on to the ice for the third period. After Sam Bitten drove to the Peterborough net and made the initial shot, Wells’ rebound trickled to the stick of Quinn Yule who had a near empty cage to put the puck away. Graeme Clarke tallied the secondary assist as 67’s took a 3-2 lead at 4:02.
The Barber Poles took their third straight penalty, earning the Petes another opportunity to tie the game. Unfortunately, despite spending time in Ottawa’s zone, the maroon and white couldn’t find the equalizer.
Even more unfortunate was the penalty that followed, as Austin Osmanski was tossed in the box for closing his hand on the puck at 9:24 of the third.
The Petes were then afforded a fourth extra man opportunity. Despite hitting a post, the 67’s were able to block shots, limiting Peterborough’s chances.
With 12 seconds remaining in the game, Wells was called to the bench to add the extra attacker in an effort to tie the game one more time, but to no avail.
Final shots were 35-19 in favour of the 67’s.
Quinn Yule, Nick Isaacson, and Travis Barron were named the game’s first, second, and third stars, respectively.
The Petes will return home to the PMC on Thursday, January 11 to host the Guelph Storm for the only time this season. Game tickets are available starting at $8 through the Collins Barrow PMC Box Office, online, or by phone at (705) 743-3561.