The Petes have one goal going into game two: level the series at one going back to Mississauga for games three and four.
Going into game two, the Petes need to make a few changes in their style of play.
“I think we have to limit our mistakes, we made way too many unforced errors and when you do that they’re going to get chances and capitalize. Moving forward into game two we have to watch some video and limit those mistakes,” said Logan DeNoble. “We’ve faced adversity in games and we’ve came back to win those games. We have a lot of character in the room and I think we’re going to bounce back hard on Saturday.”
Peterborough native Owen Tippett is having a strong playoff run for his Steelheads team. Tippett has recorded 12 points in 12 games (5 G, 7 A) in his second year in the league. He also recorded a goal in game one at the Peterborough Memorial Centre. Going into the NHL draft, Tippett was Mississauga’s leading scorer this regular season, recording 75 points in 60 games (44 G, 31 A) and is currently projected to be drafted in the top 10 at this year’s entry draft. Owen was also a member of Team OHL at the Canada-Russia Series and a member of Team Cherry at the CHL Top-Prospects game in Quebec City this year. Despite his point per game average, Tippett’s been held off the score sheet in four games this post-season – but has two multi-point games. Owen sits third in playoff scoring for his Steelheads, behind Michael McLeod (21 Pts.) and Spencer Watson (19 Pts.)
Petes rookie Semyon Der-Arguchintsev is having a strong showing in his first year in the OHL. Sammy currently sits fourth in Petes playoff scoring, behind Steve Lorentz (who signed his first NHL contract with Carolina on Friday), Jonathan Ang and Nikita Korostelev – all of which are drafted into the NHL.
In nine games this post-season, SDA has eight points (3 G, 5 A) and is coming off a three point night going into game two. In 63 games this regular season, the Russian rookie recorded 29 points (8 G, 21 A) and only took one penalty all season. Before joining the Petes, Sammy played with Windsor’s 2015 second overall pick Gabe Vilardi and Petes rookie Pavel Gogolev at the Canadian International Hockey Academy – Der-Arguchintsev also playing minor hockey with Gogolev in Russia.
Here’s how the two match-up:
Tickets are still available for game two on Saturday night. Don’t miss your chance to see the Petes and Steelheads compete for the Bobby Orr Trophy. Purchase tickets online here, call the Collins Barrow Box Office at (705) 743-3561, or come down after 9:30am on Thursday (while supplies last).
Fan buses will be travelling to Mississauga for games three and four (Monday, April 24th and Wednesday, April 26th). It’s $60 per person/per game, which includes a game ticket, transportation to and from the game and snacks. The bus leaves the PMC at 4:00 p.m. If you’re interested you can sign up in the north lobby during game two or by contacting Julia and 705-977-0127.