After ending their short-lived losing streak courtesy of a victory over Sudbury this past Thursday, the Petes were once again looking for two points against the Oshawa Generals to kick of November. The game was the fourth of eight tilts against Oshawa on the season, with this one also serving as the second annual #PetesPlaidNight supporting the United Way. After peppering Oshawa goalie Kyle Keyser with 52 shots, the Petes would ultimately claim the victory 30 seconds into overtime to take the match 3-2.
Oshawa put the first dent in the net as Kyle Bollers took the puck from Nick Wong and was able to slide it past a plaid clad Hunter Jones to claim an early 1-0 lead, once again adding to the Petes streak of having the opening tally come from a visiting stick, which began anew in Owen Sound after it was broken against Sudbury.
The remainder of the period went by with the usual back and forth expected between these two rivals, although neither side registered a goal thus leaving the Generals with the lead 1-0. Shots on goal after 20 were lead by the Petes 12-9.
Peterborough got onto the score sheet moments into the middle stanza as Chris Paquette was assisted by Liam Kirk and Declan Chisholm to score his 8th of the season and the tying goal of the night, snapping Oshawa’s lead and bringing the score to 1-1.
Following a number of chances for both sides (which did little to affect either of the men standing between the pipes) and a short penalty kill for the home team, the score remained tied at the end of another 20 minutes of play while the Petes stayed in command of the shot clock 33-14 to conclude the second.
The third began with several impressive hits by both sides, and the story continued to be the high volume of shots that Peterborough piled on Keyser.
As Jones was standing firm in his own net, with 4:24 left to play in the final frame the Petes took advantage of their many chances as Chisholm got a shot to Nick Isaacson who would knock it past an unsuspecting Keyser to give the Liftlock Lads a 2-1 advantage and it appeared the victory they had been seeking.
The celebration was fresh in the air as Nando Eggenberger snuck up the ice with William Ennis and Eric Henderson feeding the puck onto his stick in the Peterborough zone, which would allow him to tie the game 2-2 with under a minute to play to send the two clubs into their first overtime in four meetings this season.
So began the classic 3-on-3 overtime period as both sides shuffled the puck through their zones, it would ultimately be the Petes who claimed a 3-2 victory just over thirty seconds into the extra frame with a Pavel Gogolev goal assisted by Chisholm and Semyon Der-Arguchintsev.
Paquette, Keyser, and Gogolev were named the games first, second and third stars, with Declan Chisholm being named Mark’s Hardest Working Player of the Game.
Final shots were 51-21 in favour of the Petes.
The Petes will be back at the PMC on Tuesday, November 6 to play host to the Kitchener Rangers at 7:05pm. Tickets are available through the Collins Barrow Box Office in person, over the phone at (705) 743-3561, and online.
Specialty plaid jerseys worn during Thursday’s game are now available for purchase via online auction in support of United Way Peterborough & District. Bidding begins to close to 7:00pm ET on Friday, November 16.