After nine games on the road, and for the first time in 203 days, the Petes finally hit home ice. The sold out crowd of 3,719 was treated to an exciting 4-3 win, with the maroon and white scoring two goals in the final minutes of the third period to secure the victory.
The Petes spent the first portion of the game cycling the puck and creating numerous chances, but were denied by rookie goaltender Marco Costantini.
Back to back infractions by Peterborough, for slashing and crosschecking, meant four minutes of penalty killing, but the Bulldogs managed just two shots while on the man advantage.
Eventually, strong offensive pressure by the Bulldogs and a pass from Liam Van Loon to Jan Jenik, who was alone in the slot, put one past Hunter Jones with over five minutes remaining in the period to give Hamilton a 1-0 lead.
The Petes tilted the shot clock through the middle frame, out shooting the Bulldogs 22-9. Their offensive output would pay off as with five minutes remaining in the second, rookie Tucker Robertson’s tape-to-tape pass to Chad Denault allowed him to enter the Hamilton zone and wrist the puck past Costantini for his second goal of the season to tie the game at 1.
Just over two minutes after Denault’s goal, rookie Mason McTavish showed off his patience and backhanded the puck past Constantini for his seventh goal of the season.
With minutes remaining in the second, Jones’ desperation and cross-crease save protected the maroon and white’s 2-1 lead. A late penalty tested Peterborough’s penalty killing unit, but they were up to the task, closing out the period holding on to the lead.
After starting the third period on the power play, Hamilton converted the momentum into a game tying goal. A Bulldogs face off win allowed Kyle Landry to fire the puck off the glass and down the ice. Van Loon picked up the loose puck and a quick pass on a two-on-one to LA Kings prospect Arthur Kaliyev resulted in a goal for the latter after one-timing it past Jones for his 11th of the season to tie the game at 2.
Hamilton would restore their lead with the Petes in the box for a high-sticking penalty, with Logan Morrison converting on the power play. Morrison’s third of the season was assisted by Tag Bertuzzi and Nathan Staios.
Exactly two minutes after Morrison’s goal, Zach Gallant won the face off in the offensive zone. The puck trickled to Declan Chisholm, who passed the puck to Nick Robertson as he was all alone at the top of the circle. His one-timer slap shot went bar down, leaving no chance for Costantini.
The Captain decided that wasn’t enough as his shot at the bottom the circle found the back of the net with 4:33 to give the Petes a 4-3 lead in the third period.
Peterborough dominated the shot clock, out shooting the visiting Bulldogs 38-25.
Each team was 1/4 on the power play. Jones turned away 22 of 25 shots.
Gallant, Kaliyev, and McTavish were named the games first, second, and third stars.
The Petes are back on the road to take on two of the country’s top teams. They’ll face the 67’s in Ottawa on Friday, October 18 at 7:00pm before visiting the undefeated Oshawa Generals on Sunday, October 20 at 6:05pm.
Peterborough’s next home game is on Thursday, October 24 at 7:05pm when they host the Sarnia Sting. 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.
The most affordable way to see the Petes in action early in the 2018-19 season is with a Season Starter Pack. Save over $65 on tickets and merchandise by clicking here! Season Opener Packs are available through Mike in the Petes office at (705) 743-3681 ext. 263 or by email.