Petes kick off weekend with routing of Troops

Jess Van Staalduinen

After picking up 5 of 6 points last week, the Petes continued to roll on Thursday night as they kicked off a three-in-three with a 6-1 routing of the North Bay Battalion at the PMC.

The Petes were on the board early when rookie leading scorer Mason McTavish used his quick release to beat Battalion’s starter Christian Cicigoi blocker side. Line mate Cameron Butler and defenceman Hudson Wilson got the assists on McTavish’s 14th goal of the season.

Just under the halfway mark of the first period, the Petes seventh overall power play unit went to work as the Battalion were called for slashing. Seven seconds into the power play, Captain Zach Gallant deflected Declan Chisholm’s shot in front of the crease for a 2-0 lead. Gallant’s 12th goal of the season was assisted by Chisholm and Liam Kirk.

Max Grondin extended Peterborough’s lead to 3-0 as he one-timed Wilson’s pass while he was all alone in the slot, shortly after Gallant’s goal. Grondin’s one timer was his sixth of the year as Wilson and Butler picked up their second assists of the night.

The Maroon and White continued to show the Battalion that they could out-battle them as John Parker-Jones scored a between the legs highlight reel goal that gave the Petes a 4-0 lead as the first period wound down. Rookie Keegan McMullen picked up his second assist of the season as he forced a turnover in the offensive zone and made a pass to Parker-Jones, who netted his fourth goal of the season.

Leading on the score board after 20 minutes, the Lift Lock Lads also led in the shot column 20-10.

It was a quiet second period until Butler scored with 32 seconds left to give the Petes a 5-0 lead. Butler jumped on his own rebound to score his eighth goal of the season on the power play. Butler’s third point of the night was assisted by Brady Hinz and former Battalion David Maier.

Peterborough continued to fire on all cylinders after 40 minutes of play and only allowed seven shots in the second period.

Five minutes into the third period, McTavish battled for the loose puck along the board and his wrist shot beat Cicigoi for his second of the game as he was skating towards the net. His goal gave Peterborough a 6-0 lead.

With 13.2 seconds left in the game, former Pete Nick Grima scored on the power play to spoil Tye Austin’s shutout but the Petes took the battle 6-1.

Final shots were 47-26 in favour of the Petes who were 2/3 on the power play and 1/2 on the penalty kill.

Austin, Butler, and McTavish were named the game’s First Choice Haircutters first, second, and third stars.

The Petes travel to Hamilton to battle the Bulldogs on Friday, November 29 at before visiting the Erie Otters for the only time this season. Both games start at 7:00pm.

Peterborough takes to the square corners on Thursday, December 5, welcoming the London Knights at 7:05 pm for Teddy Bear Toss night.

Tickets for all regular season home games are available through the PMC Grant Thornton Box Office in person and over the phone at (705) 743-3561 Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 5:00pm, and 24 hours a day online.

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