The Petes were looking to add another check mark to the win column on Sunday evening, but instead saw a 3-0 lead fade away in the second period en route to an eventual 7-5 loss to the Generals in Oshawa.
The physicality between the rival clubs started early, to no one’s surprise. The Generals took offense to the presence of Petes in Kyle Keyser’s crease, resulting in a small scrum in front of the net. Four-on-four play ensued as both Chad Denault and Hayden McCool were charged with roughing.
The animosity from the earlier scuffle carried over to the next shift for John Parker-Jones and Sean Allen, who went toe to toe to motivate their teammates. Each received a 5:00 fighting major for the tilt.
The exchanged seemed to have done more the Petes than the Gens, though, as Nick Robertson opened the game’s scoring shortly after. After entering Oshawa’s zone, Robertson picked up the puck and curled it back, used a Gens d-man as a screen, and put away his tenth of the season, and third in three straight games, at 8:35. Christopher Paquette and Matt Timms were credited with assists.
Just ahead of the midway mark of the frame, Matt McNamara drew a high sticking call on Brendan Harrogate, sending the maroon and white to their first man advantage chance of the night. Peterborough’s power play unit went to work. Unsatisfied with just an assist to that point in the game, Timms finished off a pretty passing play with Semyon Der-Arguchintsev and Nikita Korostelev to extend the Petes’ lead to 2-0 at 10:43.
Oshawa nearly cut their deficit in half with just under four minutes left in the period, but Renars Krastenbergs’ wrister hit the post.
After 20 minutes, the Petes led the shot clock, as well, 12-10.
Persistence paid off for Robertson, who struck again for the Petes just 1:36 into the middle frame with a second attempt on a one-time from the circle, with assistance from Chris Paquette and Timms.
The rest of the second period was one the Petes would want back, after the Generals went on a scoring tear. Brady Hinz was penalized for hooking, opening the flood gates for Oshawa as Allan McShane broke Oshawa’s goose egg.
A bench minor for too many men followed, as did a power play marker by Danil Antropov.
On a broken play, Korostelev was handed two minutes for slashing, leading to top prospect Serron Noel’s 21st goal of the season.
Antropov netted his second man advantage marker of the period with Alex Black in the box for high sticking before Korostelev was sent away once again, this time for checking to the head. The Petes successfully killed off the latest infraction, but the Generals struck again when Krastenbergs scored his team’s first even strength, and fifth straight, goal of the game.
Finally, it was the Petes rewarded with a power play as William Ennis interfered with an Electric City kid. Korostelev arguably redeemed himself as he skated through most of the Gens on the ice, lifting the puck over Keyser to bring the Petes back within 1 with 42 seconds left in the second period. Timms recorded his second assist, and third point, of the night on the play.
Opposite to the opening frame, the Petes trailed on both the score and shot clock – 5-3 and 28-26, respectively.
The Petes appeared more disciplined in the opening minutes of the final frame, but a misfortunate play of the puck into the stands by Timms sent the Generals to yet another power play. The penalty killers went to work and had kept Oshawa at bay through most of the kill, but as they’d done four times before, the Generals converted with the extra man to go up 6-4 at the hands of Kenny Huether.
Oshawa’s Domenico Commisso found himself in the box for hooking at the midway point of the third period, sending the Petes to their third power play of the night. They stayed in control of the man advantage before Der-Arguchintsev brought the Petes back within one at 12:13, with help from Korostelev and Robertson.
The Generals weren’t done, though, as McShane put away his second of the night and what would be Oshawa’s insurance goal.
The game closed out with a handful more infractions for the Petes – Declan Chisholm for cross checking, Logan DeNoble for unsportsmanlike conduct, and Korostelev for slashing.
Jack Studnicka, Danil Antropov, and Allan McShane were named the game’s first, second, and third stars.
The Petes are back in action in a must-win game against the Mississauga Steelheads on Thursday, February 15 at 7:05pm. Game tickets are available starting at $8 through the Collins Barrow PMC Box Office, online or, by phone at (705) 743-3561.
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