Robertson Scores, Adds Assist as Petes Fall in Kingston to Frontenacs
Fresh off of a 5-3 win against the Niagara IceDogs the night before, the Petes hopped on the bus and headed to Kingston for a Friday night matchup with the Frontenacs. The Frontenacs come into the game 7th in the Eastern conference, currently riding a three game losing streak. The Petes sit three points back of Barrie for third in the Eastern Conference after their win last night at the PMC. Liam Sztuska was back between the pipes for the first time since January 21st in Owen Sound.
It was a slow start for the Petes from the drop of the puck. Nothing seemed to be falling into place for the maroon and white, with multiple chances either missing the net or being stopped. In the final half of the period, things got worse for the Petes. At the 15:06 mark, Christopher Thibodeau snuck past the Peterborough D and beat Liam Sztuska to give Kingston a 1-0 lead. That would be the only goal in the period and the Frontenacs took their lead into the break leading in shots 13-9.
The second period started off as the first left off, with Kingston making it 2-0 six minutes in on a point shot by Ben Roger. That goal seemed to spark the Petes, as they would begin to control the play afterwards. Just three minutes after the Kingston goal, Avery Hayes forced a shorthanded turnover, leading to a 2 on 0 for the Petes. Hayes fed Tucker Robertson, who made a beautiful move to the backhand to cut the deficit to one. The goal was Robertson’s 28th of the season and third in three periods of play. Peterborough would begin to dominate after the goal, but Frontenacs goaltender and Colorado Avalanche prospect, Ivan Zhigalov, was up to the task multiple times. At the buzzer, Kingston would again take a one goal lead into the break, but the Petes now led in shots 19-18.
The third saw the Petes come out firing. The pressure paid off five minutes in when Connor Lockhart would get a stick on a Shawn Spearing point shot and deflect the puck past Zhigalov. After a review, it was deemed that Lockharts stick was below his shoulders and the goal counted to tie the game at 2-2. Just when it seemed like things were looking up for the Petes, Kingston would come right back. Four minutes later, Christopher Thibodeau scored his second of the game to give the Frontenacs back the lead. A minute after that, things went from bad to worse when Mitchell Brooks scored to make it 4-2 Kingston. The Petes would be unable to recover and Kingston would add an empty netter to take the game 5-2.
Tucker Robertson led the way for the Petes with a goal and an assist. Connor Lockhart scored, while Avery Hayes, Sam Mayer, and Shawn Spearing all added an assist.
The Petes next game is Pink in the Rink on Saturday, February 4, when the rival Oshawa Generals visit the PMC. Tickets for the 14th annual Pink in the Rink game are sold out. Pending game day and visiting team hold requirements, a very small number of additional tickets may be released for sale on Saturday, February 4 at 1pm through the PMC Grant Thornton Box Office online, in-person, or at (705) 743-3561.
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