The Peterborough Petes scored three unanswered goals to defeat the Niagara IceDogs 6-5 on home ice on Thursday night, moving them into first place in the Ontario Hockey League.
The evening started with a group of 60 new Canadians hitting the PMC ice, many wearing skates and holding hockey sticks for the first time, as part of Try Hockey Night.
From the time the puck dropped, the Petes controlled the game which led to Mason McTavish scoring his rookie leading 11th goal. McTavish picked up right where he left off before attending the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge as he converted on Liam Kirk’s attempted wrap-around and put the puck past Tucker Tynan 1:30 into the opening period. Semyon Der-Arguchintsev picked up his team best 24th assist on the early goal.
Peterborough’s lead was short lived when Akil Thomas won a face off and Isaac Enright shot the loose puck toward tonight’s starter, Hunter Jones. As the puck was mid-air, it was Ivan Lodina who deflected the shot to tie the game at 1, leaving no chance for Jones.
Shortly after Lodnia’s goal, the Petes were penalized for slashing. As the home team’s penalty killing unit looked to keep the game tied, Niagara’s Oliver Castleman beat Jones blocker side on the power play to extend their lead to 2-1.
Moments later, Castleman was charged for delay of game and the maroon and white’s fifth overall power players looked to continue its success. Eager to tie the game, Der-Arguchintsev won the face off before Kirk jumped on the loose puck and backhanded it puck past Tynan to tie the game at 2. Kirk’s power play goal was his 25th goal of the season and Der-Arguchintsev picked up his second helper of the night.
After a high scoring first period and despite the score being tied at 2, the Petes were outshooting the IceDogs, 13-7.
After a quiet first half in the second period, the IceDogs began making noise when Jake Uberti converted on a rebound. Uberti’s marker gave the IceDogs a 3-2 lead with over seven minutes left in the second.
Declan Chisholm made sure the Petes weren’t heading to the locker room in the second intermission trailing by a goal as the Winnipeg Jets prospect found Captain Zach Gallant all alone in the slot. Gallant’s one-timer beat Tynan glove side for his seventh goal of the year. Chisholm and David Maier picked up the goal’s assists.
As the period counted down, Jones made a statement with a cross-crease save to keep the game tied. Just like the first period, the Petes were leading in the shot department, 27-20 after 40 minutes of hockey inside the square corners.
The Petes weren’t off to a solid start in the third period as they found themselves down by two goals. Nashville Predators prospect Philip Tomasino beat Jones on the power play and less than two minutes later, Lodina deflected a shot for his second goal of the night.
Later in the period and off a give-and-go by Kirk and Der-Arguchintsev, it was McTavish who jumped on the loose puck in front of Tynan for his second of the night to bring the Petes within a goal.
Following McTavish’s goal, momentum continued to swing in favour of the Petes when the IceDogs were penalized for roughing. While on the power play, Gallant’s pass found Chisholm, who was on the blue line. As he skated towards the net, his wrist shot went bar down on the power play to tie the game at 5 with 1:24 left in the game.
Shortly after Chisholm’s goal, a tripping penalty was called against former Pete Adrien Beraldo and the Petes went in to overtime with the man advantage.
With the Lift Lock City skaters having all the momentum, a set-up passing play between Chisholm and Der-Arguchintsev to Gallant ended up being the game winning goal and his second of the game. With a goal and two assists, Chisholm reached the 100 OHL points milestone.
Final shots were 45-24 in favour of the Petes who were 3/5 on the power play and 2/4 on the penalty kill.
Kirk, Lodnia, and McTavish were named the game’s First Choice Haircutters first, second, and third stars.
The Petes wrap up their week with a trip to Barrie to face the Colts on Saturday, November 16 at 7:30pm. They’ll be back on home ice to welcome the Kingston Frontenacs next Thursday, November 21 at 7:05PM.
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