The Mississauga Steelheads rolled into the Lift Lock City for the first of four match ups this season on Saturday night. Although the Petes got off to a slow start, an opportunistic power play changed the trajectory of the game as the home team skated to a 10-3 win over their conference rivals.
The game kicked off with a ceremonial puck drop that honoured the 1977-78 OHL Champion Peterborough Petes.
Halfway through the first period, former Pete Nick Isaacson found Richard Whittaker alone out front who one-timed it past tonight’s starter Hunter Jones to open scoring.
The Steelheads lead was short lived as the Petes responded less than a minute later. Liam Kirk entered the offensive zone and made a pass to Captain Zach Gallant who beat goaltender Joe Ranger five-hole from a sharp angle for his fifth goal of the season. Newly acquired defenceman Hudson Wilson picked up his first point as a Pete with the secondary assist on the play.
Dallas Stars prospect Thomas Harley used his speed and his offensive ability to beat Jones five-hole with 45 seconds left of the first period. Harley’s seventh goal of the season gave the Steelheads a 2-1 lead.
The Petes dominated the shot clock despite trailing by a goal.
Whittaker received a five minute major for slashing Peterborough native J.R. Avon at centre ice halfway through the second period. The Petes power play unit went to work as they seeked to tie the game.
Declan Chisholm held the puck at the blue line and showed off his patience as his tape-to-tape pass found Nick Robertson, who toe dragged around a Steelhead defender and sniped his 14th of the season. Chisholm extended his point streak to 13 games with the lone assist as the power play goal tied the game 2-2.
While still on the power play, Michael Little attempted to pass the puck while standing on the enemy’s goal line. The puck deflected off a Steelheads’ skate and found the back of the net. The former Steelhead registered his second goal of the season as Brady Hinz and David Maier got the helpers as the Petes lead 3-2.
The maroon and white continued to dominate on the five minute power play as Semyon Der-Arguchintsev made a pass to Chisholm. The defender’s slap shot was deflected by Kirk and beat Ranger. Kirk’s ninth goal of the season gave the Petes a 4-2 lead going into the third period.
Peterborough’s three power play markers in the middle frame set the tone for the rest of the game.
Early in the third, Nick Robertson used his speed to create a 2-on-1 and the fast winger beat Ranger five-hole for his second goal of the night to extend the lead 5-2. His 15th goal of the season is league-leading as Kirk picked up the third point of the night with the lone assist.
The Petes kept their foot on the gas and a forced a turnover led by Avon. He left he puck for Tucker Robertson as he beat Ranger glove side for his second of the season to give the Petes a 6-2 lead.
Moments later, the Petes were penalized and a pair of Toronto Maple Leafs prospects forced a turnover shorthanded which resulted a 2-on-1. Nick Robertson registered his hat-trick when Der-Arguchintsev sauced the puck over to him before he deked out Ranger, which gave the Petes a 7-2 lead.
The boys in maroon and white showed no signs of slowing down as Mason McTavish scored the league’s rookie leading ninth goal as he jumped on a loose puck out front. Avon and Kirk got the helpers as the Petes continued to fill the score sheet.
McTavish decided that one goal wasn’t enough tonight when he scored his 10th of the year and second of the game just over a minute later, beating Ranger low blocker side. His 10th of year was assisted by Max Grondin and T. Robertson as the Petes lead 9-2 less than seven minutes remaining in the game.
Michael Stubbs scored his first goal of the year less than a minute later as the Steelheads looked to gain momentum late in the game.
With seconds remaining on the clock, John Parker-Jones used his lethal slap shot from the point to score his first of the season. Grondin and Paquette assisted on the play and the Petes went on to take this one 10-3.
Final shots were 47-38 in favour of the Petes.
Nick Robertson, Liam Kirk, and Tucker Robertson were named the First Choice Haircutters first, second, and third stars of the game, while Hunter Jones earned the title of the game’s Mark’s Hardest Working Pete.
The Petes are on the road next weekend to visit the Sudbury Wolves on Saturday, November 2 at 7:05pm and the North Bay Battalion on Sunday, November 3 at 2:05pm.
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