A three point effort from Liam Kirk and a goal and assist from a rehabbed Nick Robertson lifted the OHL-best Petes over the Western Conference-leading London Knights 3-2 on Thursday night. The club’s 20th win marks Peterborough’s second defeat over the Knights this season, and fourth straight Teddy Bear Toss victory.
Peterborough wasn’t off to the start they were lookingg for as they found themselves killing two separate penalties early in the game, but the fifth overall penalty killing unit continued its success.
The Petes had numerous chances as the first period concluded, with Hunter Jones standing tall to 13 shots through the opening 20 to keep the game tied 0-0.
Halfway through the second, Hudson Wilson’s point shot hit a Knights player and bounced past goalie Dylan Myskiw. The play was orchestrated after Semyon Der-Arguchintsev won the face off in the offensive zone and Liam Kirk picked up the loose puck before he made a pass to Wilson. Wilson sent the teddy bears flying as his first as a Petes was also the first goal of the game.
Thanks to the generosity of Petes fans, over 1,600 teddy bears and winter clothing items were collected for the Pure Country 105 Miracle Toy Drive.
Peterborough’s lead was short lived as London’s Nathan Dunkley found Antonio Stranges alone out front. Stranges beat Jones five hole to tie the game 1-1.
After missing 10 games, Nick Robertson scored on Kirk’s rebound to give the Petes a 2-1 lead before the second period ended. Robertson’s 20th goal of the season was assisted by Kirk and Der-Arguchintsev picked up his second point of the night.
After trading goals with the Knights, the Petes led in the shot column, in face offs and on the score board.
The Petes were off to a rough start in the third period, but after successfully killing a 5-on-3, the Maroon and White’s power play took the ice as Dunkley was called for a hooking infraction.
After generating numerous chances on the man advantage, the Petes got their break as Kirk remained red-hot and deflected Nick Robertson’s slap shot to extend the home team’s lead to 3-1. Kirk’s goal and third point of the night was assisted by Declan Chisholm and Nick Robertson, who picked up his second point of the night.
Halfway through the third, Stranges netted his second of the night to reduce Peterborough’s lead to one goal. Former Pete Ryan Merkley got the lone assist on the play.
With 1:37 left to play, the Knights pulled their goalie for the extra attacker, but it wasn’t enough as the Petes won the the second straight game against London, 3-2.
Final shots were 34-32 for London, with Jones making 32 saves in his league leading 17th win of the season.
Kirk, Stranges, and Nick Robertson were named the game’s first, second, and third stars, while Declan Chisholm was named the Mark’s Hardest Working Pete.
The Petes travel to Kingston Friday, December 6 to face the Frontenacs at 7:00 pm and will face the same Frontenacs at home on Saturday, December 7 at 7:05 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.