Petes Edge Battalion 3-2
KITCHENER, Ont. - Josh Kavanagh and Cameron Butler scored third-period goals to lift the Peterborough Petes to a 3-2 victory over the North Bay Battalion in Ontario Hockey League exhibition action Saturday.
Liam Kirk also scored for Peterborough on the middle day of the four-team Preseason Showcase, while goaltender Tye Austin provided 31 saves.
Simon Rose had one goal and one assist and Brad Chenier the other goal for North Bay, which saw goaltender Christian Purboo face 41 shots.
Kavanagh tied it 2-2 at 2:15 of the final frame after Dustin Hutton produced a turnover for his second assist of the game. Defenceman Kavanagh wheeled in from the right point and wired the puck past Purboo high to the glove side.
Butler netted the winner with the teams skating four-on-four at 7:57, tipping a David Maier drive from high in the zone between Purboo's legs.
The Battalion pulled Purboo for an extra attacker with a minute to play but couldn't find the equalizer despite applying good pressure, including a last-ditch shot from deep on the right wing in the final second.
Defenceman Rose gave the Troops a 1-0 lead on the power play at 2:12 of the second period with a shot from the left point, and Chenier doubled the advantage at 13:51 when he one-timed home a pass from David Campbell off a two-on-one rush. Rose had the other assist.
Kirk replied on the power play at 19:38, putting his own rebound over Purboo from the left side. The initial shot hit the goaltender in the neck, stunning him. Athletic trainer Andrew Sachkiw tended to Purboo briefly before play resumed, and the goalie was bent at the waist as he left the ice for the intermission.
The scoreless first period saw Peterborough outshoot North Bay 13-7 despite serving three of four minor penalties.
Assistant coaches Scott Wray and Adam Dennis again ran the Battalion bench while head coach Stan Butler watched from a box.
The Battalion plays the Saginaw Spirit at 11 a.m. Sunday to wrap up its showcase play with the third of a total of five preseason games. North Bay visits the Owen Sound Attack at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, and entertains Owen Sound the next day.
BATTALION BULLETS: Opening line combinations included Mason Primeau centring left winger Chenier and Liam Arnsby on right wing, Kyle Jackson pivoting Cameron Peters on left wing and right winger Patrick Brown and Joshua Currie centring left winger Niki Korpialho and right winger Brandon Coe. Luke Moncada centred left winger Campbell and right winger Alex Christopoulos ... Defence pairings were Braden Henderson and Pacey Schlueting, James Mayotte with Paul Christopoulos and Rose with Ty Hollett ... Christian Cicigoi backed up Purboo ... The Battalion was without Joe Vrbetic, Ryan Thompson, Nick King, Kurtis Evans, Matthew Struthers, Harrison Caines, Mitchell Russell and Mat Hardwick ... Chenier wore the captain's 'C' for a second consecutive game. Primeau and Moncada served as the alternates ... Each team went 1-for-4 on the power play ... Maier, an Austrian rearguard who was the Petes' first-round pick in the Canadian Hockey League Import Draft this year, played last season for the Battalion ... Joe Celestin and Nick Gill were the referees ... Official statistics from the Troops' 6-5 loss Friday night to the Kitchener Rangers reflected the removal of assists for Arnsby and Alex Christopoulos, making a goal by Chenier unassisted.
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