Samuel Mayer scored as the Peterborough Petes lost to the Kingston Frontenacs on Saturday night at the Peterborough Memorial Centre. Michael Simpson returned to the net for the first start of his OHL career. Leevi Merilainen was making his fifth appearance of the season and first against the Petes.
Saturday night opened with Peterborough showing their toughness and ended with Kingston showing their prowess. For the first two periods, Petes defenceman Artem Guryev delivered more than seven hits, the club was perfect on the penalty kill and, even when Brian Zanetti when down behind Simpson’s net, he returned to the game. The Petes seemed in control and interested in sending a message to their opponents that they weren’t backing down.
Despite the physical dominance, the visitors outshot Peterborough in the first 20 minutes, 10-6, for the second consecutive game. The Petes and Frontenacs closed out the period scoreless. The Petes, however, dominated in the face off circle, 17-5.
“It’s a tough league you know,” Frontenacs rookie Paul Ludwinski said following the period.
“Gotta bring your best effort every night.”
Ludwinski has been on a line with generational superstar Shane Wright. Even though Wright was held without a point, Ludwinski finished the evening with a goal.
Ludwinski’s statement on playing hockey in the OHL might have been heard throughout the Memorial Centre because tonight seemed like a low-scoring night in Peterborough. Someone would need to make a simple play to get their team on the board. Enter Samuel Mayer.
Mayer shot the puck through traffic at 4:51 of the second period, hitting the back of the net to give the Petes the lead, 1-0. With Peterborough forward Emmett Sproule tied up by Kingston defenceman Quinton Burns in front of Merilainen, the Kingston goalie’s vision was blocked. Nick Lardis provided the lone assist on Mayer’s second goal of the season.