Three Saginaw goals in the final five minutes of the third period handed the Petes a tough 6-2 loss on Thursday night at the Peterborough Memorial Centre.
Peterborough came out of the gate and fired on all cylinders in the opening minutes of the game generating many chances but Marshall Frappier stood tall for Saginaw. As momentum continued to grow and fans grew louder, Akil Thomas’ breakout pass to a speedy Nick Robertson resulted in a breakaway but Frappier stopped the puck to keep the game scoreless.
Cole Coskey silenced the fans when he beat Hunter Jones glove side to score the game’s first goal. Fourth ranked 2020 NHL Draft prospect and OHL assist leader Cole Perfetti found a way to sneak around two Petes behind the net and made a quick pass to Coskey for his 52nd assist.
The officials raised their arms to penalize Peterborough on three separate occasions but Jones and the sixth overall penalty killing unit worked hard to keep Saginaw’s lead at one. In result of the power plays, Saginaw was out shooting Peterborough 15-11 after 20 minutes.
Early in the second, D.J. King was whistled for interference and while on the man-advantage, Captain Zach Gallant stood his ground to bank in his career-high 24th goal of the season to tie the game 1-1. Robertson and Semyon Der-Argchintsev got the helpers on Gallant’s 150th career point.
Shortly after Gallant’s tally, Saginaw was penalized for high-sticking, prompting Peterborough to repeat their previous power play success. Less than 15 seconds on the man-advantage, Robertson whizzed a slap shot past Frappier for a 2-1 lead. Declan Chisholm and Thomas were credited with the helpers on Robertson’s team-leading 32nd goal.
Things started to get chippy halfway through the second period and Coskey was sent to the penalty box for charging. While short-handed, DJ Busdeker’s shorthanded goal evened the game 2-2.
Seconds before the period expired, King’s point shot bounced off the end boards and Saginaw’s captain Damien Giroux squeaked the puck past Jones for a 3-2 lead. The late tally from Saginaw had them leading 3-2 after 40 minutes, but Peterborough were ahead in shots and face off wins.
A turnover in the final minutes of the game led to Saginaw capitalizing on their chance as Coskey made a quick pass to Blade Jenkins to double up on the Petes 4-2.
Rob Wilson called a time out and called Jones from his crease to the bench to add an extra attacker, but Perfetti extended Saginaw’s lead 5-2 with an empty neter. Moments later, Busdeker scored his second of the night as Saginaw took this match up 6-2, finalizing the season series between the clubs 1-1.
Final shots were 42-36 in favour of Saginaw. Busdeker , Robertson and Frappier were named the game’s First Choice Haircutters first, second, and third stars of the game. The Mark’s Hardest Working Pete was Shawn Spearing.
Peterborough’s next two games are on the road as they’re welcomed by the Mississauga Steelheads on Friday, January 24 at 7:00pm before visiting the Hamilton Bulldogs on Sunday, January 26 at 1:00pm. The Maroon and White face off at the PMC next Thursday, January 30 against the visiting Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 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.
Replica TPT jerseys that were worn in last weekend’s 4-0 win over the Ottawa 67’s are now available through online auction. Bidding closes on January 26.