A three-goal third period by the 67’s handed the Petes their ninth straight loss on Sunday afternoon in Ottawa, as they fell 5-3 in the final game between the squads this season.
Play was balanced in the opening five. Both Dylan Wells and Olivier Tremblay faced a handful of shots before the Petes cracked the scoreboard.
Brady Hinz picked up a turned over puck in the Petes’ zone and spun around to move the puck up to Chris Paquette in the neutral zone. He threw the puck towards Ottawa’s net as he was forced outside by a 67’s defender, and managed to put it short side past Tremblay to open scoring at 5:20.
After Chad Denault hauled down a 67 behind the net, several penalties were handed out by the refs. Denault (roughing and tripping), John Parker-Jones (10-minute misconduct), and Pavel Gogolev (serving for Denault) headed to the box, while Tye Felhaber was also charged for roughing.
On their first power play of the night, Jacob Cascagnette was able to bring the game to its first tie at 10:46. He finished off a set play as he out-waited the Petes, moved into the circle, and fired a puck that trickled through Wells’ pads. Austen Keating and Noel Hoefenmayer picked up assists on the play.
Late in the frame, the men in maroon were awarded their first man advantage opportunity, for five minutes, after Kevin Bahl delivered a check to the head of Cole Fraser.
Shots were lopsided 18-7 in favour of the home team after 20 minutes of play.
The Petes hit the ice for the second stanza with 3:46 remaining on the power play. But, instead of being able to convert the chance, it was the 67’s that added to the scoresheet. After a Matt Timms shot was blocked in Ottawa’s end, the Barber Poles broke out of their zone on a 3-on-2 rush. Hudson Wilson found a trailing Mitchell Hoelscher who one-timed the puck past Wells to give the 67’s their first lead of the game. Quinn Yule was credited with the goal’s second assist.
Gogolev returned to the sin bin, this time own his own accord, after he was penalized for slashing Travis Barron while he was on a shorthanded breakaway.
During a few moments of 4-on-4 play, the 67’s appeared to have scored. But, after a challenge from the Petes bench, the play was reviewed for, and eventually ruled, offside.
A swing in momentum followed when Wilson mishandled the puck behind Ottawa’s net. Zach Gallant jumped on the puck, walked out front of the crease, and roofed it over Tremblay to bring the game to another tie at 2:37.
The clubs exchanged a pair of penalties – Nikita Okhotyuk for goaltender interference and Paquette for holding – but the game remained tied.
With under two minutes left to play in the middle frame, Gogolev was sent into the offensive zone by Alex Black before making a no-look pass that he dropped back to Nikita Korostelev. Korostelev sent a rocket of a shot bar-down behind Tremblay to give the Petes their second lead of the afternoon at 18:20.
The Petes outshot the 67’s 9-8 in the second period, but still trailed 25-17 overall.
Any momentum the maroon and white had brought into the third period disappeared in the first few minutes of the frame when Ottawa added two quick goals to take their second lead of the game.
Oliver True found Felhaber alone in front at 4:52 to tie the game at 3, with Hoelscher earning the secondary assist. Sasha Chmelevski followed up with his 24th of the season, unassisted, at 5:51, giving Ottawa their second lead of the game.
Peterborough picked up an opportunity to tie the game when Cascagnette was called for cross checking with under four minutes left to play, but would finish out the afternoon without a power play marker.
Wells was called to the bench with just over a minute remaining in the game in an effort to find their third game-tying goal of the day, but couldn’t put one away. Instead, Chmelevski added an empty netter, and second goal of the night, to seal Ottawa’s 5-3 victory.
Final shots were 34-30 for the red, black, and white.
Chmelevski, Hoelscher, and Wilson were named the game’s first, second, and third stars, respectively.
The Petes return home on Thursday, February 8 to host the Owen Sound Attack for the only time this season. Tickets are available by visiting the PMC Collins Barrow Box Office online, in person, or by phoning (705) 743-3561.
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