Liam Kirk buried two markers and Declan Chisholm had a goal and two assists on route to a 4-0 Petes win over the Otters on Saturday night, marking the team’s first victory in Erie since the 2011-12 season and Hunter Jones’ second OHL shutout.
It didn’t take long for the game to shift into high gear when Cole Fraser issued a trademark check to an Otter. Unhappy with the play, Brendan Kischnick initiated fisticuffs with Fraser, sending them both to the box but the Petes to the power play.
Just ten seconds into the ensuing man advantage, Winnipeg Jets prospect and Petes leading scorer Declan Chisholm got his club on the board after a good cycle down low by Semyon Der-Arguchintsev and Adam Timleck.
Back to back infractions were handed to the men in maroon. Liam Kirk was fed the puck as he came out of the sin bin but was turned away by netminder Noah Battaglia.
A fairly balanced first period came to a close with the Otters holding a small lead on the shot clock.
An unsuccessful Petes power play was followed up by more penalty woes as Austin Osmanski and Adrien Beraldo were both charged with minor calls. Peterborough’s fourth-ranked penalty killers continued to shut down Erie’s extra man efforts.
Nick Robertson, who was the first star in Thursday’s 8-2 win after registering 3 goals and 2 assists, went to work late in the frame to give his team a 2-0 lead.
As the clock ticked away on the second period Kirk scored for the second consecutive game, this time with assistance from Chisholm and Erik Čermák.
The teams headed to their rooms with Erie maintaining an advantage on the shot clock, but the Petes holding a strong 3-0 lead on the scoreboard.
A far more disciplined third stanza solidified Peterborough’s victory. With help from Cameron Butler and Chisholm, Kirk would put away his second of the evening and his team’s fourth of the game.
Kirk’s goal would send the bears flying onto the Erie Insurance Arena ice, sending the game to a break while the furry friends were tidied up.
Jones stood tall to 11 shots in the third period, 38 in total, to maintain a shutout – his second of the season and of his career.
Final shots were 38-23 for the Otters.
Jones, Kirk, and Chisholm were named the game’s first, second, and third stars, respectively.
The Petes wrap up the weekend with a Sunday matinee match up in Hamilton against the Bulldogs at 2:00pm. They’ll return home to clash with the North Bay Battalion at the PMC on Thursday, November 29 at 7:05pm. Tickets are available through the Collins Barrow Box Office in person, over the phone at (705) 743-3561, and online.