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

The Peterborough Examiner - - SPORTS - MIKE DAVIES EX­AM­INER SPORTS DI­REC­TOR mdavies@post­media.com

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

JESSICA NYZNIK/EX­AM­INER

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.

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