The Petes Explode Offensively; Defeat Steelheads

Emmett Sproule recorded four points (2G, 2A) while Samuel Mayer, Justin DeZoete, and Donovan McCoy each recorded two assists to help the Petes edge the OHL’s top-ranked Steelheads on Friday night. The Petes have now won two straight games and snapped the Steelheads 10-game point streak.

It was a bizarre start to the hockey game as the first 20 minutes of hockey was filled with scrums, six goals in total, and a goaltender change at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre.

Mississauga scored early in the first after a puck rolled off of tonight’s starter, Michael Simpson, and into the back of the net. Just over a minute later, Philadelphia FlyersΒ prospect Brian Zanetti sent a shot from the blue line that somehow passed Joe Ranger’s glove to even the score. This marked Zanetti’s fifth point in his last four games. Donovan McCoy and Emmett Sproule picked the helpers on the goal.

Petes turned up the pressure and after strong pressure from a line, Ryan Gagner jumped on the loose puck in front of Ranger and buried his second OHL goal. McCoy picked up his second assist of the game and New Jersey Devils prospect Chase Stillman was credited with the secondary helper on the 2-1 Peterborough goal.

The boys in the maroon and white didn’t stop there after a strong forecheck by Jax Dubois extended Peterborough’s lead to two. Dubois used his big 6’3″, 198 lbs frame to fight off a Steelhead, turned around, and fired the puck through bodies for his third goal of the season. DeZoete and 2022 NHL Draft prospect Samuel Mayer added the assists. Following this goal, the Steelheads pulled Ranger and put Basran in goal.

As the Petes started to run away with this one, Mississauga’s Ty Collins banked in his 8th of the season, to cut our lead 3-2. However, moments later, the Steelheads were whistled for a hooking infraction, putting the Petes 6th overall power play unit on the ice.

The Lift Lock guys made no mistake and converted on the man-advantage after Flyers prospect Avon banked in the loose puck in front of Basran for his 15th goal of the season. Sproule was credited with his second assist of the night and Tucker Robertson also helped on the goal. The Petes headed to the first intermission with a 4-2 lead.

The middle frame followed the theme of the first period, another Peterborough goal. This time, Sproule was fed a pass by Mayer, who went in and scored his career-high 14th goal of his four-year OHL career. The Petes were sitting comfortably with a 5-2 lead early in the second, but the Steelheads had other plans.

Mississauga’s Charlie Callaghan and Luca DelBelBelluz (shorthanded) had cut Peterborough’s lead to one goal. The Petes headed to the locker room with a 5-4 lead.

At the halfway point of the third, DeZoete entered enemy territory and dropped the puck for rookie Nick Lardis. The Petes 6th overall selection in the 2021 OHL Priority Selection displayed patience and rifled the puck against the twine for his 11th goal on the season. He snapped his five-game goal drought.

With seconds left in the game, the Steelheads pulled their goalie for the extra attacker. Sproule intercepted a pass at the Petes blueline and buried his second of the night to secure Peterborough’s 7-4 win over the OHL’s top-ranked team.

Final shots were 36-25 in favour of Mississauga. Sproule, Zakary Lavoie, and McCoy were named the games first, second, and third stars, respectfully.

The Petes are back in action in a rare Tuesday night tilt at the PMC against the same Steelheads. We’re asking fans to submit photos and videos of encouraging and supporting messages to our players following the latest restrictions that prevent fans from attending. To find out how you can cheer us on,Β click here.

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