The Peterborough Petes got stung on Friday night at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena in Sarnia. The maroon and white wrapped up their preseason with an 8-5 loss despite finding offence in the first two periods.
The Peterborough Petes came out buzzing in the opening period as the team’s second round pick in the 2020 CHL Import Draft, Kaspars Ziemins opened the scoring. J.R. Avon, who recently signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers, picked up the lone assist on the goal in his first game back with the maroon and white.
Momentum continued to grow in the favour of the Petes as the team continued to apply pressure in the offensive zone. Justin DeZoeote tapped in the loose puck to notch his third of the preseason while forward Nick Lardis and defenceman Samuel Mayer picked up the assists.
Shortly after the goal, the official raised his hand and whistled Josh Vogelsberg for cross-checking, 9:58 in the game.
The Petes struggling power play unit came to light when Tucker Robertson rifled the biscuit past tonight’s starter, Dylan Grover, for a 3-0 lead. Robertson, who recently returned from attending the Carolina Hurricanes development camp, tallied his third of the preseason. Peterborough native Avon picked up his second assist of the night on the play.
The Sarnia Sting decided to play some hockey and Ryder McIntrye and Alex Geci potted two quick goals to our lead by one after the first 20 minutes.
After re-grouping in the locker room during the first intermission, the Sting came out and circulated the puck in the Petes zone, tiring out the line. Nolan DeGurse made a pass to Brayden Guy who lit the lamp, tying the game 3-3.
For the entire second period, both teams traded goals, with the goals starting from the Bee’s. DeGurse squeaked the puck past tonight’s starter Tye Austin, with Petes 6th overall pick in the 2021 OHL Priority Selection Nick Lardis responding with his second of the preseason.
Head Coach Rob Wilson made a planned goaltending change, substituting Liam Sztuska for Austin halfway through the second period!
At the 15:33 mark in the second, McIntyre knotted his second of the game on the power play. Former Petes Cameron Supryka picked up the assist on the goal. Seconds later, Cole Patey fired a wicked wrister past the Sting’s netminder to tie this up before the period expired. The Utterson picked up his first goal of the preseason with the assist credited to Josh Kavanagh.
The third period didn’t go according to plan for the Petes. Nolan Dann scored 1:51 second in the period, followed by a shorthanded goal from Theo Hill. If that didn’t sting enough, the Sting kept swarming and Guy scored another, leading the Sting to an 8-5 victory over the Petes.
Finals shots were 37-19 in favour of Sarnia. McIntyre, Guy, and DeZoete were named the game’s first, second, and third stars.
The Petes will open their 65th season on the road Thursday, October 7 against the North Bay Battalion at 7:00 pm before travelling into Sudbury to take on the Wolves on Friday, October 8 at 7:05 pm. The Petes will take home ice on Thursday, October 14 at 7:05 pm against the Wolves underneath the NEW, state-of-the-art videoboard.