Petes let one get away
4-3 loss to Bulldogs is only second game in 11 games that the Petes have gone without a point
Like a good fishing tale Thursday night’s game was one that got away from the Peterborough Petes.
The shots on goal, time of possession, scoring chances all favoured the Petes but the final score read 4-3 for the Hamilton Bulldogs. Jack Hanley broke a 3-3 tie 9:41 into the third period to send the 2,774 Memorial Centre patrons home disappointed.
It was just the second time in 11 games the Petes failed to gain a point. They also failed to separate themselves from the Oshawa Generals who they are tied with for first place in the OHL’s Eastern Conference. The idle Generals hold one game in hand.
Hanley put Matthew Strome’s pass out of the corner short-side on Dylan Wells to give Hamilton a third straight win in snapping a three-game Petes winning streak.
“It’s one of those games where I thought we were the more dominant team overall,” said Petes rearguard Matt Spencer. “We had more shots than them and I thought we controlled most of the play of the game. They capitalized on our turnovers and made some good shots. We have to eliminate those if we want to win.”
Petes assistant coach Andrew Verner said the coaches really didn’t have a lot of complaints about their team’s performance.
“We do our ratings of every player after every game and I thought our ratings were OK,” Verner said. “We were pretty good and, probably, could have won that game. We’d like to jump on teams early and ride them out that way but that just hasn’t been our M.O. this year.”
Verner thought Wells might have been able to stop the winning goal.
“Dylan gave up a goal he really hasn’t given up this year,” he said. “That will happen. It wasn’t his best game but he still had to make some pretty good saves.”
The Petes battled literally to the last second as Steve Lorentz directed a shot on net in the dying seconds and Jonathan Ang had a crack at the rebound but his shot didn’t get through at the buzzer.
“I thought we had a good pushback after the fourth one went in for them,” said Logan DeNoble, who set up two Petes goals. “Credit to their goalie he made some big saves. We weren’t able to get the tying goal but I don’t think it was from a lack of effort.”
The Petes played catch up all night.
Matt Luff moved in off the point to snap a shot high on Wells for a 1-0 Bulldogs lead 3:13 into the game on a power play. The Petes tied it on a power play at 9:45 as Nikita Korostelev picked the spot below Dawson Carty’s glove and above his pad.
Hamilton took a 2-1 lead into intermission as Brandon Saigeon got two whacks at a rebound at 14:11. Hamilton is 20-0-2 this season when leading after 20 minutes.
Hamilton bumped the lead to 3-1 at 9:20 of the second on Saigeon’s second as he wired a shot from the top of the faceoff circle top corner.
The Petes drew within a goal 2:19 later on another power play. DeNoble collected Korostelev’s rebound and fed a pinching Kyle Jenkins who bulged the twine.
Cole Fraser’s third goal in four games tied it 5:16 into the third on a screened shot from the point. Spencer and DeNoble did the work to retrieve the puck in the corner to set it up.
The Petes outshot Hamilton 36-27.
It’s one of those games where I thought we were the more dominant team overall.” Matt Spencer
Hamilton Bulldogs Matt Luff scores a goal on Peterborough Petes goalie Dylan Wells during first period action at the Memorial Centre on Thursday night. The Petes lost 4-3. See more photographs from the game in the online gallery at www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com.