The Petes kicked off their Western Conference road trip on the right foot with a 5-1 victory over the reigning Memorial Cup champion Windsor Spitfires.
Logan DeNoble was certain that Adam Timleck had squeaked the puck through Michael DiPietro’s pads in the opening second of the game, and after a call upstairs, the refs confirmed that it was indeed a goal for a 1-0 lead.
John Parker-Jones sat for two minutes after clearing the puck into the crowd, but the Petes’ fifth-ranked penalty killing unit did as expected and limited Windsor’s chances.
Chris Paquette went to work in the back half of the opening frame, adding his second and third goals of the season to extend the Petes’ lead to 3-0. His first saw him rip the puck from the high slot with assists from Zach Gallant and Austin Osmanki. His next was a rebound off an Alex Black shot.
The Spits fired 14 shots towards Dylan Wells in the first 20 minutes, as the Petes let 6 shots go on DiPietro.
Paquette added his third of the night for his first career hat trick, a natural one at that, midway through the second period. A rocket of a shot from the top of the circle made its way over DiPietro’s shoulder to give the Petes a commanding 4-0 lead. Gallant added his second assist of the night on the play.
Nikita Korostelev was penalized for cross checking, and with the man advantage, Windsor was finally able to get on the board. Sean Day broke the goose egg just 6 seconds into the Spits’ power play, cutting Peterborough’s lead to 4-1. Cole Purboo and Aaron Luchuk earned assists on the marker.
Shots were 23-14 in favour of Windsor after 40 minutes, but the Petes held on to their lead.
It took the Petes 9:02 to get their first shot off in the third period, and they’d only get two more in the frame.
Cole Fraser added Peterborough’s third and final infraction of the game, and the penalty killing unit was again able to limit Windsor’s opportunities.
With 2:29 left in the game, DiPietro was pulled from his crease in an attempt to close the scoring gap, but Nick Robertson was able to bury an empty netter to seal the Petes’ 5-1 win, despite being out-shot 41-17 by the Spits. John Parker-Jones collected an assist on the goal for his first OHL point.
Chris Paquette was named the game’s first star with three goals, while Dylan Wells was given second star honours with a 40 save performance. Windsor’s Sean Day was named third star, scoring the Spits’ only goal.
The win improves Peterborough’s record to 8-2-0-1 on the season.
“It was great to come away from Windsor with two points, but we can’t keep playing that way if we want to win again this weekend,” commented Coach Hull after the game. “We didn’t play the game we’ve been playing in the last two weeks.”
The Petes continue their Western Conference road trip in Flint on Saturday, October 21 and in Saginaw on Sunday, October 22.
The men in maroon head back to the PMC on Thursday, October 26 to take on the Saginaw Spirit at 7:05pm. Game tickets are available starting at $8 through the Collins Barrow PMC Box Office, online or, by phone at (705) 743-3561.