Despite out shooting their divisional opponent, the Peterborough Petes dropped their second game to the Hamilton Bulldogs this season, falling 3-1 on Thursday night at the Peterborough Memorial Centre.
Since the opening face off, it was clear the playoff-bound Maroon and White were on a mission to extend their winning streak to three games. Peterborough wasted no time by firing multiple shots on Marco Costantini and cycled the puck in the offensive zone. Momentum continued to grow for Peterborough but it came to a grinding halt when the officials penalized the Petes for high-sticking.
The Petes managed to hold off the sixth ranked power play unit but moments after the Petes penalty expired, they failed to clear the puck from their own zone due to pressure from Bulldogs. A tired line paid the price when Liam Van Loon squeaked the puck past Jones to score the game’s first goal.
It was safe to say the opening period wasn’t the game plan for Peterborough as they were trailing 1-0, getting out shot 13-5, but they dominated in the face off circle.
The Petes amped up their intensity when the puck dropped to start the second period. Things really started to turn around for Peterborough as their hard work led to a 5-on-3 power play opportunity but were unable to capitalize despite numerous chances.
The officials whistled the Petes for hooking and that didn’t phase them as CHL goal scoring leader Nick Robertson put away his 47th goal of the year, shorthanded, to tie the game 1-1. The play was orchestrated when Akil Thomas banked the puck past a Bulldog to generate a two-on-one and patiently made a pass to the Toronto Maple Leafs prospect who set off the goal horn.
Peterborough drastically turned things around in the middle frame as they got on the board, out shooting the Bulldogs 23-18 and continuing to excel in face offs.
Early in the third, a tripping infraction against the Petes allowed Hamilton to convert on the man advantage as Nathan Staios’ point shot beat Jones glove side with multiple bodies in front. Staios’ fifth goal of the season gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead with lots of hockey remaining.
Despite numerous chances throughout the period, bench boss Rob Wilson was forced to call a time out with minutes remaining and pulled Jones desperately seeking to tie the game. Despite all best efforts and the Petes top players on the ice, Jan Mysak sealed the win with the empty netter.
Peterborough out shot the Bulldogs 38-31. Costantini, Jones, and Van Loon were named the game’s First Choice Haircutters first, second, and third stars of the game, respectively. The Mark’s Hardest Working Pete was Jacob Paquette.
The Peterborough Petes have the rest of the week off before hosting the divisional rival Oshawa Generals on Thursday, February 27 at 7:05 PM at the Peterborough Memorial Centre for their second last regular season match up.
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