Hunter Jones had his best game of the season with 42 saves, but a shortage of offense resulted in a 4-0 blanking of the Petes by the Wolves on Sunday afternoon in Sudbury.
The Petes were the first team hit with an infraction when Brady Hinz put the puck into the stands on a clearing attempt at 7:33. Sudbury’s 18th ranked power play was sent to work, and work they did. Defenceman Cole Candella hit Shane Bulitka with a pass along the wing, creating a two on one with Macauley Carson. Bulitka sent a shot toward Jones, and although he made the initial save, Carson was able to backhand the puck into the net at 9:11.
Peterborough earned a shot at evening the score as Darian Pilon was called for cross checking, but it was the Wolves who would score with one of their own in the box. Alexey Lipanov dished the puck to Blake Murray who took off out of Sudbury’s zone, down the wing, and lifted the puck short side over Jones’ trapper at 14:35 to put the Wolves up 2-0.
Cole Fraser and Doug Blaisdell exchanged words, and then punches, late in the frame, with each player receiving a five minute major for fighting.
Despite outshooting the Wolves 16-14 after 20 minutes, the Petes found themselves down 2-0.
The second stanza started off the same way the first ended – with a fight. In an unlikely turn of events, Matt McNamara and David Levin dropped the gloves after McNamara took exception to a hit to his teammate, Adrien Beraldo. While both skaters were assessed five minute fighting penalties, McNamara was hit with an extra two minutes for instigating, as well as a ten minute misconduct.
Peterborough was able to kill of the extra infraction, but four seconds after it ended, the Wolves struck again. A clean win off the draw by Owen Gilhula was sent back to Liam Ross on the point. Ross fired a rocket from inside the blue line that beat Jones, extending Sudbury’s lead to 3-0.
Three consecutive tripping penalties were handed out to close out the frame, to Jake Partridge, Bulitka, and Pilon. Both squads were perfect on the power play through the infractions.
Peterborough was outshot 17-6 in the middle frame, trailing 31-22 on the shot clock after 40 minutes of play.
The maroon and white kicked off the third with 3:39 remaining in a double minor penalty carried over from the second period, followed immediately by an additional extra man chance when Cole Candella was called for tripping. Sudbury remained unfazed, keeping the Petes power play unit at bay.
Another scrap followed, this time between Austin Osmanski and Nolan Hutcheson, as did calls to Fraser and Carson for checking to the head and unsportsmanlike conduct, respectively.
A textbook play by the Wolves led to their fourth of the night. A faceoff win by Bulitka made it’s way to Peter Stratis, who sent a cross-ice pass to Ross on the other point. As he had before, Ross sent a bullet of a shot over Jones’ shoulder, finalizing the 4-0 win for the Wolves.
Final shots were 46-27 for the home team.
The Petes are back on the PMC ice for the second-last time in the regular season against the North Bay Battalion on Thursday, March 15 at 7:05pm. Trans Canada Nissan are giving fans a chance to win a free car at the 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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