The night kicked off with a ceremonial puck drop that featured dignitaries representing CIBC Wood Gundy Peterborough, the Township of Cavan Monaghan, the Millbrook and District Minor Hockey Association, and the Petes. As part of the ceremony, the Petes were honoured to donate $1,000 to each of the CMCC Project and the MDMHA.
The game got underway, and as was the case in Friday’s match up between these clubs, Niagara opened scoring. Sophomore Jake Uberti notched his first of the pre-season by backhanding a shot past starting netminder Tye Austin. The unassisted goal came 10:38 into the opening frame after the IceDogs killed off three consecutive infractions.
Peterborough would be assessed two penalties of their own before the end of the first twenty minutes which saw the Petes fire 19 shots at rookie IceDogs goalie Tucker Tynan to Niagara’s 13 on Austin.
The middle frame saw a goal from each of the Eastern Conference clubs.
Shortly after an expired Peterborough power play opportunity, 2002-born rookie Keegan McMullen put away his first marker of exhibition play with help from fellow first-years Tucker Robertson and Curtis Trolley.
Once tied, rookie goaltender Michael Simpson took over netminding duties from Austin.
The even score lasted just over five minutes before both Niagara and the OHL’s leading scorer, Jonah De Simone, put the Dogs back in front off of a feed from Lucas Theriault.
Each team’s penalty killing unit remained perfect through a rough and tumble frame that saw 13 penalties exchanged, with Niagara holding on to a 2-1 lead.
A two-goal final frame performance from Niagara sealed their only pre-season victory.
Uberti scored his second unassisted tally of the night at 4:59 of the third to give his team some insurance before later assisting on De Simone’s league-leading seventh goal of the pre-season and second of the game.
Final shots were 43-26 in favour of the Petes.
Tynan, Uberti, and McMullen were named the game’s first, second, and third stars, respectively.
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