Still buzzing off of Brennan Othmann’s last minute goal to give them the win against Oshawa yesterday, the Petes hopped on a bus to Guelph to take on the Storm for the first time since the 2019-20 season. The game was the second of a three games in three nights schedule for the Petes and was featured on TSN as part of their CHL on TSN series.
The Petes came out strong out of the gate, firing multiple chances at the Guelph net early. A familiar face was tending the goal for the Storm, keeping the Petes off the board to start the game. Former Oshawa General, Patrick Leaver, was making his third start for Guelph and looked strong to start the game. Even with the Petes strong start, Guelph would strike first. Matthew Poitras fired a puck top shelf at the 8:25 mark on the Storm’s third shot of the game to make it 1-0. Just when it looked like Guelph would take that lead into the break, Peterborough had other plans. With only two seconds left in the period, Sam Mayer fired a shot on net that Connor Lockhart deflected past Leaver to break the shutout. The goal was Lockhart’s 17th of the season and would tie the game at 1-1 heading into the first intermission.
The second period started out tough once again for the Petes. Although they were all over the Storm once again, a giveaway in front of the net led to a Guelph goal to give them back the lead five minutes in. The Petes bounced back right away. Just over a minute later, Owen Beck took a pass from Brennan Othmann and ripped the puck up high to tie the game at 2-2. The Petes kept coming after that. Just over a minute after the tying goal, J.R. Avon drove the net forcing a scrum that seemed to last a lot longer than it did. Within all the madness, Connor Lockhart managed to put the puck in the net for his second of the game to give the Petes their first lead 3-2. Those would be the only goals in the period and the Petes would take their lead into the final 20 minutes.
The third period was…chaos. Just when it looked like the Petes had killed off two penalties to start the period, Ben McFarlane would score at the end of the second powerplay to tie the game at 3-3. That began a sequence of four goals scored in 1:21 seconds. Guelph followed that up with two tipped goals to quickly take a 5-3 lead, before J.R. Avon scored his 20th of the season to bring the Petes back within one. The Petes would be unable to recover the damage after that and Guelph added an empty netter to take it 6-4.
Tucker Robertson led the way for the Petes with three assists, while Connor Lockhart scored twice. J.R. Avon had a goal and an assist and Sam Mayer added two assists. Owen Beck scored and Brennan Othmann and Cam Gauvreau each had an assist.
The Petes travel to Owen Sound tomorrow to take on the Attack. Puck drop is at 6:45PM. You can catch the game on YourTV and Freq 90.5.