The Petes took the ice on Thursday night in a student-packed PMC for a home ice defence donning their maroon and black jerseys, which many fans would recognize as their away uniforms, while the opposing Bulldogs, who currently stand at the top of the Eastern Conference, were also wearing their opposite colour scheme. The Petes were looking to bounce back at home after the loss of this season’s Faceoff Against Dementia Cup at the Memorial Centre to Oshawa in a dramatic shootout two weeks ago.
The first period opened strong with Marian Studenic of the Bulldogs raising the shots on goal to 1 in favour of the visiting team, and two more Bulldogs took whacks at Petes keeper Dylan Wells, but none were able to break through. Pavel Gogolev managed to make it down to the end where Kaden Fulcher awaited him but was unable to get the puck past the Bulldogs netminder.
The first penalty of the night went to Hamilton’s MacKenzie Entwistle for a high stick, less than five minutes in. Captain Logan DeNoble to put the first dent in the scoreboard with a power play goal, assisted by Nikita Korostelev and Matt Timms at 5:15, to give the hometown boys a 1-0 lead.
In numerous scrambles at the feet of both goaltenders, no one managed to tip in the puck. Both rosters held strong momentum until the Petes took their first whistle in the form of a hooking call to Chad Denault, which appeared to motivate the Bulldogs enough to take a 5-3 lead in shots. Zach Gallant did clear the puck out of the Peterborough end with a long shot toward Fulcher, ending Hamilton’s power play.
The Bulldogs took their second penalty of the period when Gogolev was tripped by goaltender Kaden Fulcher while on a breakaway (13:29). The penalty would be served by Kade Landry in place of the netminder.
MacKenzie Entwistle was the first casualty of the night when he went down at the Bulldogs blue line at 4:50 on the clock. Entwistle would go off the ice at that time but return to the Hamilton bench before the clock ran out in the opening frame.
The first period would come to a close with the Petes holding the lone tally on the board but being overtaken in shots by the Bulldogs 12-8.
Both teams would come into the 2nd period with force and physicality, with Fulcher making an impressive diving save on Peterborough’s Gogolev, and shortly thereafter the Petes would lose a man as a high stick penalty was served by Korostelev (1:34). The Bulldogs would take this advantage to up their shot total to 15 over the Petes 8.
Peterborough native and new Bulldog Riley Stillman would assist on Will Bitten’s goal, which would tie the game at one apiece and net the visiting team their first tally of the night at 3:23 in the second.
The Bulldogs kept the pressure on the black and maroon as Isaac Nurse rammed Alex Black into the boards to the left of Dylan Wells’ crease. The Bulldogs were then called for an interference penalty to Nicolas Mattinen (12:08). The penalty did nothing to help the score improve in either team’s favour, nor did the subsequent stoppage to get Nick Robertson off the ice after he went down in the Bulldogs end. Hamilton’s strength was decreased even further with a call of roughing taking captain Justin Lemcke off for two minutes (14:36).
After a physical back and forth Gogolev got the Electric City Kids back into the lead position with a heavy shot on the power play (assisted by Declan Chisolm & Christopher Paquette) which gave a strong momentum boost to the home team as the clock wound down on the second frame.
The Petes and Bulldogs both served penalties with an excessive puck handling call to Nick Robertson (17:18) and a double for unsportsmanlike conduct by the two faceoff takers Gallant and Robert Thomas respectively (18:09).
As the clock wound down on 40 minutes of play Hamilton once again tied the game with a goal from Arthur Kaliyev (assisted by Justin Lemcke & Ryan Moore) to end the period with a 2-2 tie and holding onto the shot advantage after 40 at 20-15.
The third was punctuated by more physicality between the two as both teams took multiple chances and were denied. Peterborough’s Robertson and Denault took an impressive two-man chance on Fulcher but were unsuccessful. Hamilton’s #16 Owen Burnell was called for tripping (3:57) to give the Petes their 5th powerplay on Thursday night.
The Petes used the advantage to attempt to raise the tie to a single goal lead but were denied by a “No Goal” call due to the net coming off its pegs after the puck bounced in behind Fulcher. The Bulldogs, on the other hand, were able to take that point for themselves as Isaac Nurse scored his 11th of the season to give Hamilton the 3-2 lead (assisted by Ryan Moore).
Nurse was followed by Arizona Coyotes prospect Entwistle who increased the Bulldogs lead 4-2 (assisted by Brandon Saigeon).
Hamilton dropped down a man as Thomas received a double of 5 minutes for slashing along with a game misconduct.
Moments later the Petes rebounded to come within one goal of the leaders as Semyon Der-Arguchintsev scored his 8th of the season on the power play to get one past Fulcher (assisted by Korostelev & Timms).
The last minute of the third was uneventful as the teams kept steady in the Petes zone for the most part. The Petes went on to pull Wells with 25 seconds left to play, but the only entry into the net was declared an offside No Goal.
The Bulldogs would take the game by a single goal (4-3) with a shot total of 37-27.
The Mary Brown’s Chicken & Taters Three Stars of the Game were as follows:
3- Ryan Moore (Hamilton)
2- Gogolev (Peterborough)
1- Entwistle (Hamilton)
The Mark’s Hardest Working Player of the Game was Nikita Korostelev (Peterborough).
Peterborough’s next game is the highly anticipated 9th annual Pink in the Rink on Saturday, February 3 against the Oshawa Generals. Select tickets are still available here, by calling (705) 743-3561, or in person at the Peterborough Memorial Centre Collins Barrow Box Office.