Thrilling Match up Spoiled by Attack Comeback
For the only meeting inside the Memorial Centre walls this season, the Petes and the Owen Sound Attack both came with an energy which could be felt in tremors from the moment the teams took the ice for warm-up at 6:30, and that wasn't just their shots off the boards. The Liftlock Lads were feeling the effects of their nine game downward skid after their return from Ottawa last weekend, where the streak was unfortunately continued with a tight 5-3 loss to the 67's this past Sunday.
Also felt on the ice and in the crowd was the continued absence of Adam Timleck and Nick Isaacson, and newly injured Cole Fraser, from the lineup, a second factor that the Petes hoped to overcome once again. Despite going ahead 4-2 in the second period, the Petes couldn't overcome the hurdle, falling 6-5 to Owen Sound.
The opening period showed a very strong Owen Sound presence as the puck was very rarely off the stick of a white shirted assailant. The Attack took the first two minute sentence of the night, though, as Jackson Doherty was called for interference just 2:32 into the game, giving the Petes their first chance of the night which went unused if only to raise the shot clock in their favour 5-2 with several pot shots at Attack netminder Olivier Lafreniere.
The period looked to be a steady stream of movement up and down both ends of the rink for the majority of the frame, Dylan Wells made several close saves to keep the scoreboard empty as a TV Timeout allowed both teams to regroup and reevaluate their strategies. As play resumed it only took moments for Owen Sound to make their mark in the team's lone appearance in the Electric City as Ethan Szypula fired a rocket past Wells with the assistance of Maksim Sushko and Aidan Dudas.
Pavel Gogolev tied the game up with a snipe of his own just a few minutes later, turning some momentum from a string of Wells saves into a goal for the maroon and white. The first fizzled out with a 1-1 tie with shots sitting at 18-9 in favour of Owen Sound.
The Second Frame kept the back and forth momentum of the end of the first as the two teams fought for the puck. Peterborough's Matt Timms appeared to take a shot to the hand and was escorted back to the bench by the linesman in apparent discomfort, but would return to have an impact a few shifts later.
Much of the back and forth consisted of locked sticks until the birthday boy, Nikita Korostelev, wristed the Maroon and Black their 2nd of the night off a pass from Denoble. The momentum from Korostelev's goal, which was a highlight reel tally that Petes fans have become accustomed to, only lasted a mere few moments before Dudas evened the score back to two a piece with a hand from Szypula and Sushko.
As Cole Cameron was taken off the ice for a hooking call the Electric City Kids took the advantage to regain the lead with a powerplay goal by the Captain from Semyon Der-Arguchintsev, while allowing Korostelev another chance to celebrate by giving his captain a hand in making it 3-2 in favour of the hometown boys.
With the clock winding down on 40 minutes at the Memorial Centre the period found itself finishing with very little more than a few strong hits until there was 4:34 to go, when Chris Paquette pushed the puck to Nick Robertson who launched a shot past Lafreniere to boost Peterborough's lead to 4 and give the Petes command of the shot clock: 28-27.
The turn of luck for the maroon and white didn't stop there as Owen Sound's Mitchell Russell took a Too Many Men penalty which limited the oppositions numbers for 2 minutes. No-one could find the back of the net again, though, and 40 minutes came to a close on a Petes lead by two goals with a tied shot clock.
The third frame opened with The Attack bringing the score back within one as Dudas and Szypula once again teamed up to overpower Wells and send one over the future Oiler.
The back and forth which had covered most of the prior two frames continued with an even amount of puck possession from both teams but it was another Owen Sound goal from the dynamic duo of Szypula and Dudas which brought the night back to the consistent tie that it had rested at, almost as soon as the tie had returned it was broken by yet another Attack rocket from Dudas (unassisted) to bring Owen Sound to a one goal lead over the Petes.
Peterborough's chances to remedy the deficit were slipping further from their grasp as the period dropped to single digits and the three following faceoffs were won by Attack leading to Alan Lyszczarczyk and Trenton Bourque putting a fork in the Liftock Lads chances with 8 minutes remaining, scoring to double the Owen Sound lead.
A tripping call to Bourque at 12:56 allowed the petes to take advantage of yet another powerplay and gave DeNoble the opportunity to bank his second of the night with help from Timms and Korostelev, pulling Peterborough back within one as the clocked ticked down.
As Dylan Wells was pulled from the ice with 40 seconds remaining in the game, the Petes would once again go on the Powerplay as Sushko was called for a trip at 19;40.
Try as they might, Peterborough couldn't beat Lafreniere (and his defenders) again. The night would close on the Petes 10th straight loss as the Owen Sound Attack would take the single meeting of the year at the PMC by the score of 6-5 with a 41-40 lead on the shot clock.
The Mary Brown's Chicken & Taters Three Stars of the Game were as follows:
1- Aidan Dudas (Owen Sound)
2- Ethan Szypula ( Owen Sound)
3- Logan DeNoble (Peterborough)
Peterborough's next game is February 10th, against the North Bay Battalion. Tickets are available here, by calling (705) 743-3561, or in person at the Peterborough Memorial Centre Collins Barrow Box Office.
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