Hunter Jones stood tall and stopped all 23 shots he faced to shutout the first place Ottawa 67’s. Newly acquired Petes Akil Thomas and Jack York assisted on Nick Robertson’s game-winning goal to give the Petes their first win in 2020.
Prior to the game, the Petes honoured 1970-73 Alumnus Colin Campbell with a banner raising ceremony for all of his playing, coaching, and executive accomplishments. The Petes donned special 1970-73 TPT jerseys in honour of Campbell for tonight’s game, which are available for online auction.
The first period was filled with lots of shots, hits, and speed but both Jones and Cedrick Andree stood tall for their teams to keep the game scoreless.
Early in the second, 3,833 fans in the sold out PMC jumped to their feet to celebrate with Nick Robertson after his lethal wrist shot beat Andree five-hole to notch the game’s first goal. Thomas and York picked up their first assists as Petes on Robertson’s 26th goal of the season.
Just before the period expired, Michael Little fought off two Ottawa 67’s in the offensive zone which led to a backhand pass from Brady Hinz to Max Grondin. Grondin’s quick wrist shot beat Andree top shelf for his ninth goal of the season to give the Petes a 2-0 lead.
Peterborough turned their intensity up a notch in the second as they found themselves ahead in shots, face offs, and up 2-0 after 40 minutes inside the square corners.
Halfway through the third period, Captain Zach Gallant sent off the Petes goal horn for the third time of the night when he skated over the offensive blue line and his long shot wrist shot was too much for Andree to handle as he gave the Maroon and White a comfortable 3-0 lead.
A late penalty against Ottawa for tripping allowed the ninth place power play unit to convert with the man advantage. A speedy Robertson entered the offensive zone with his head up and made a pass to Semyon Der-Arguchintsev who was all alone in front of the net. Der-Arguchintsev’s one-timer beat Andree for his fifth of the season to give the Petes a 4-0 lead with seconds remaining in the game. Robertson picked up his second point of the night as Declan Chisholm got the secondary helper on the goal.
Final shots were 32-23 in favour of Peterborough, with the win ending Ottawa’s 17-game winning streak. Grondin, Robertson and Jones were named the game’s First Choice Haircutters first, second, and third stars of the game. The Mark’s Hardest Working Pete was Michael Little.
Peterborough will travel down the 115 to battle one of hockey’s greatest rivalries, the Oshawa Generals for a 6:05 puck drop on Sunday, January 12. The Maroon and White will have back-to-back home games next weekend, first on Saturday, January 18 against the Flint Firebirds at 7:05pm before the rescheduled game against the Niagara IceDogs on Sunday, January 19 at 2:05 PM.
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.