Petes Lose Battle Against the Troops

The Petes and the Battalion netted eight goals in total in the first 20 minutes of hockey in their first regular-season game since March 8, 2020 (578 days). Petes saw goals from J.R. Avon, Tucker Robertson, recently acquired Emmett Sproule, and Sam Alfano netted his first OHL goal in a lost battle in North Bay.

It all started when Peterborough native and Philadelphia Flyers prospect J.R. Avon used his speed on a breakaway just 52 seconds into the opening minutes of the game. 2020 Import Selection Kaspars Ziemins fed a pass to centre ice where Avon picked up the loose puck, used his speed and fired the puck past the Troops’ starter Joe Vrbetic. Brian Zanetti picked up the secondary assist on the play.

Less than four minutes later, North Bay’s 2020 first overall pick in the Import Draft, Petrov Matvey,  jumped on the loose puck to even the scoring. The game shifted in North Bay’s favour when Josh Currie forced a turnover on the penalty kill and used his speed and shot to beat Austin, giving the Troops a 2-1 lead shorthanded.

Moments later, Petrov netted his second of the game when he jumped on the loose puck and beat tonight’s starter Tye Austin glove side. The Troops’ two-goal lead didn’t last long when Tucker Robertson jumped on Justin DeZoete’s rebounded shot and backhanded the biscuit into the back of the net. DeZoete picked up his first OHL point on the play.

San Jose Sharks prospect Brandon Coe responded to give North Bay another two-goal lead before Alexander Lukin delivered an illegal check to the head of rookie Nick Lardis. Lukin was served five-minute game misconduct, giving the Petes an opportunity to convert on the powerplay.

On the power play, recently acquired Emmett Sproule fired a wrist shot from the slot to cut North Bay’s lead by one. Flyers’ prospects Zanetti and Avon assisted on the Petes third goal of the night.

On the same power play, Artem Guryev sent a cross-ice pass to d-partner Samuel Mayer, who made a slap pass to rookie Sam Alfano. Alfano deflected the shot, which caught Vrbetic off guard to even the game 4-4 before the first period expired.

The second period was the complete opposite of the first. Both teams found their groves and settled the puck down, creating plays and numerous opportunities, but no one found the back of the net.

The third period didn’t go according to plan for the Petes when North Bay tallied three goals in the final 10 minutes of hockey. Kyle Jackson netted the game-winner, Petrov completed his first career hat-trick, and Coe sealed the deal when he scored his second of the game on the empty net.

Finals shots were 38-27 in favour of North Bay. Petrov, Coe, and Ty Nelson were named the game’s first, second, and third stars.


  • Kaspars Ziemins recorded his first OHL assist
  • Brian Zanetti recorded his first & second OHL assist and his first multi-point game
  • Justin DeZoete recorded his first OHL assist
  • Sam Alfano scored his first OHL goal
  • Samuel Mayer recorded his first OHL assist

The Petes are back in action Friday, October 8 against the Sudbury Wolves. The maroon and white will take home ice on Thursday, October 14 at 7:05 pm against the Wolves underneath the NEW, state-of-the-art videoboard.

Flex packs, ticket vouchers and single game tickets are now on sale at the PMC Grant Thornton Box Office in person and over the phone at (705) 743-3561 Wednesday – Friday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, and 24 hours a day online.

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