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Petes Rout IceDogs 9-2

Jess Van Staalduinen

Two goal performances from Zach Gallant, Declan Chisholm, and Nick Robertson – plus four assists from Akil Thomas – helped the Petes win the second of back-to-back home games 9-2 over the Niagara IceDogs on Sunday afternoon.

The Petes got off to a rocky start when they were penalized six minutes into the game for too many men, resulting in the IceDogs converting on the man advantage. Oliver Castleman backhanded the loose puck in front of Tye Austin to open the scoring.

Later in the period, a tripping infraction against Elijah Roberts allowed the Petes eighth power play unit to setup and cycle the puck in the offensive zone. Thomas made a pass to Declan Chisholm and the Winnipeg Jets prospect launched a quick blast from the point that beat Christian Sbaraglia high blocker side to tie the game 1-1. Nick Robertson picked up the secondary helper on the power play goal.

Even though the score was 1-1 after the first, Peterborough took control in the face off circle and out shot the IceDogs 19-8.

Early in the second, Max Grondin won the draw in the offensive zone which resulted the puck rolling to Mason McTavish. The OHL goal leader among rookies made no mistake as his dangerous wrist shot beat Sbaraglia for his 26th of the season which gave the Petes a 2-1 lead.

Later in the period, a give-and-go backhand pass between Robertson and Der-Arguchintsev resulted in Robertson scoring his 30th goal of the season. A quick play between the Toronto Maple Leafs prospects left no chance for Sbaraglia, giving the Petes a 3-1 lead.

Less than two minutes later, Captain Zach Gallant deflected Thomas’ shot in front of the IceDogs goaltender to give the Lift Lock lads a 4-1 lead. Thomas and Chisholm picked up the helpers on Gallant’s career-high 22nd goal.

Quick back-to-back goals from Peterborough didn’t slow down Cameron Snow as he answered quickly to cut the Petes lead to 4-2. Former Pete Cameron Butler picked up the primary assist on the goal.

Before the period expired, a bad angle shot from John Parker-Jones squeaked past Sbaragalia to give the Petes a comfortable 5-2 lead heading into the third. Parker-Jones notched his sixth goal of the season with Gallant picking up his second point of the night.

It was a fun period to watch as four goals were scored in the remaining seven minutes of the period and Peterborough took full control of the game only allowing five shots in the second period.

Early in the third and on the power play, Robertson’s pass found Gallant’s stick as he was standing alone in front of Sbaraglia. Gallant’s second of game extended the Petes lead to 6-2. Robertson and Der-Arguchintsev picked the assists.

Halfway through the third, many bodies were in front of Sbaraglia but Chisholm’s shot found a way into the back of the net as the Petes lengthened their lead to 7-2. McTavish and Grondin picked up the helpers on Chisholm’s second goal of the night.

Later in the period, Jack York scored his first goal in Maroon and White when his shot beat Sbaraglia glove side. Chisholm and Little picked up helpers on the 8-2 goal.

Minutes later, Robertson finalized the Petes lead 9-2. Thomas picked up his fourth assist of afternoon.

Peterborough out shot the IceDogs 58-16. Chisholm, Gallant, and Grondin were named the game’s First Choice Haircutters first, second, and third stars of the game. The Mark’s Hardest Working Pete was John Parker-Jones.

Peterborough welcomes the Saginaw Spirit on Thursday, January 23 at 7:05PM before the Petes hit the road and battle the Mississauga Steelheads at Paramount Fine Foods Centre at 7:00PM

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.

Replica TPT jerseys that were worn in last weekend’s 4-0 win over the Ottawa 67’s are now available through online auction. Bidding closes on January 26.

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