The Petes were looking to bounce back after losing the title of last undefeated team in the Eastern Conference last Saturday, and were given the opportunity to do so against their third dog opponent in a row as the Soo Greyhounds made their only appearance at the PMC on Thursday night. The Petes welcomed back former captain of the 2006 championship team, Jamie Tardif, who was behind the bench in his first season as an assistant coach for the Soo. In one of the most competitive games of the season so far, the Petes prevailed 5-2 to move to 4-1 on the season.
The first period was gritty but quiet on the scoresheet until 10 minutes to play, when the Petes found themselves killing a 5-on-3 disadvantage as both Brady Hinz and newly appointed alternate captain Austin Osmanski were called on penalties. The Greyhounds took advantage of this deficit, hammering Hunter Jones with shots for several minutes until the home team was able to regain their lost men as the three on the ice scrambled to defend their netminder and keep the score tied.
The home team would suffer another loss as the period came to a close with new captain Zach Gallant sitting in the box for a Delay of Game, as the period ended both goaltenders would stay clean with neither having been scored on through 20 minutes.
The Greyhounds would take the shots on goal 15-10 with neither side registering a point, leaving the board 0-0.
The second period would open with the first goal of the evening, coming from Pavel Gogolev with assists courtesy of Hinz and Osmanski to give Peterborough the 1-0 lead. The Greyhounds were wishing the Petes had a new arena, too, after Thursday’s opening goal.
The Hounds would manage to tie the match with 8 minutes remaining in the frame as Cullen McLean found Zack Trott who broke Jones’ solid night with a rocket to mark it 1-1 on the board.
The period would end in a single goal tie with the shots also tied 27-27.
Entering the final frame locked in a 1-1 tie the Petes would take only a minute to break it as newly appointed captain Zach Gallant scored his first of the season with assists from Adam Timleck and Nick Isaacson to give the Electric City kids a 2-1 lead.
With under 8 minutes left to play in the final period the Greyhounds once again brought the game to a tie as Morgan Frost was assisted by Cole Mackay to make it 2-2. Frost’s tally was a shorthanded breakaway, which looked like it could give the Dogs the momentum they needed to grab a win.
Jones was on his A-game, though, and the clock would drop to 3 minutes before Peterborough would claim the lead again, with Gallant’s second of the night from Isaacson giving the home team the 3-2 lead.
The luck wouldn’t stop there for the Liflock Lads as with 2:18 on the timer Chad Denault would be assisted by Matt McNamara into an empty net to mark it 4-2 in favour of your Petes.
Before the Hounds could get back on their feet to finish off the final minute Peterborough would strike a final blow with the captain marking his first hat trick of the season to end it at 5-2, Assists would be given to Isaacson and McNamara as well.
The goal not only gave the Petes a 5-2 win, but also gave Gallant a new single-game career high in goals (3), and Isaacson a single-game career high in points (3).
The clock wound down with Peterborough taking the shot clock 45-36.
The first, second, and third stars, respectively, were Jones, Gallant, and Greyhounds goalie Matthew Villalta.
The Petes are home following a Thanksgiving road-trip to Hamilton and North Bay, playing on Thursday, October 11 against the Erie Otters, who will be making their only stop in Peterborough this season. Fans can still take advantage of the Season Starter Pack and save over $40 on tickets and merchandise by clicking here.
Hungry fans should also get their tickets while supplies last for the all-you-can-eat Petesa Party on Friday, October 12. Tickets start at just $10, with proceeds supporting the Petes Education Fund and Roger Neilson House.