For the third time in as many weeks, the Peterborough Petes took down a CHL Top 10 team, this time handing the Greyhounds their second consecutive 4-3 loss in Sault Ste. Marie on Sunday afternoon.
Although both teams played cautiously out of the gate managing four shots on goal apiece, the Petes would open scoring 9:23 into the game. Drawing back in to the lineup, Dustin Hutton netted his second of the season off a feed from a circling Declan Chisholm.
28 seconds was all it took for the Greyhounds to respond as Joe Carroll bounced a puck up and over Hunter Jones, tying the game at one.
A milestone marker came next for the Lift Lock Lads. Much like the play on the first goal, Nick Robertson circled behind Ethan Taylor’s net and moved the puck to Cameron Butler in the slot, bringing the Petes back in front. Robertson’s assist on the go-ahead goal was the 100th point of his 122 game career.
Another quick rebuttal from the Greyhounds evened the score at two, this time 24 seconds later and from Jaden Peca after he weaved in and out of Peterborough’s defenders after picking up a neutral zone turnover.
A slight advantage on the shot clock was held by Peterborough after 20 minutes of play, but remained tied where it mattered most.
Jones was heavily tested early in the second frame as the Greyhounds were afforded their first power play, but a successful penalty kill by the men in maroon led to an onslaught of action in their offensive zone.
Michael Little and Max Grondin broke into the Soo’s end of the ice two-on-one, and with an open lane to the net, Little fired a shot on Taylor. A trickling rebound was banged into the net 8:41 into the stanza by Grondin for his second of the campaign, giving the Petes the lead once more.
Peterborough would go up by two for the first time on the afternoon after Robertson was rewarded with a penalty shot as he’d been tampered with on a shooting attempt, beating Taylor with a quick snapshot and recording the eventual game winner at 13:47.
This time shots were even, but the Petes worked themselves into a 4-2 lead through 40 minutes.
Peterborough played a defensive final frame in order to preserve their two goal lead and were able to do so until 18:54 of the third. With Taylor called to the bench, the Greyhounds had an extra attacker on the ice. With a six-on-five advantage, Rory Kerins beat Jones in a mad scramble to bring the Soo back within one with 1:06 left to play.
The last ditch effort by the Greyhounds would be as close as they would get as Peterborough skated to a 4-3 win, their second of the weekend and of their extended road trip.
Final shots were 28-27 in favour of the home team. Peterborough was perfect on the penalty kill, staving off two Greyhounds’ man advantages.
Robertson, Grondin, and Peca were named the game’s first, second, and third stars.
The Petes will travel to Saginaw before facing the Spirit on Wednesday at 7:05pm.
Single game tickets for all Petes regular season home games are now on sale at the PMC Grant Thornton Box office in person, by phone at (705) 743-3561, or online. To view the Petes’ full schedule, click here.