Robert­son, Dow im­press coach

Petes lose home ex­hi­bi­tion tilt 6-5 in shootout to Gen­er­als

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

With five vet­er­ans at NHL camps the op­por­tu­nity was there for new­com­ers to im­press the Peterborough Petes brass in their lone ex­hi­bi­tion game at the Memo­rial Cen­tre this sea­son.

Bobby Dow and Nick Robert­son caught head coach Jody Hull’s eye in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Os­hawa Gen­er­als Thurs­day night.

The pair have earned ros­ter spots but are try­ing to ce­ment their spot on the depth chart. Dow is a 19-year-old rookie who passed up an NCAA op­por­tu­nity to sign with the Petes. Robert­son is the club’s first-round draft pick.

Dow had chances to score and as­sisted on the game’s open­ing goal. He cor­ralled a re­bound, spun and fired a shot with Pavel Go­golev pot­ting the re­bound.

“(Dow) has a knack of find­ing the open ar­eas on the ice and gets him­self avail­able,” said Hull. “He has a knack around the net we haven’t com­pletely seen yet but I thought there was a lit­tle bit of chem­istry be­tween him and Pavel and Se­myon (DerAr­guch­int­sev).”

Dow had 24 goals, 59 points and 52 penalty min­utes in 53 games for the ju­nior A Kemptville 73’s last year. Just back from Ot­tawa Se­na­tors’ rookie camp, Dow, a 10th round Petes’ pick in 2014, saw the Petes as a quicker route to pro.

“I thought it was a good de­ci­sion for me to help me move onto the pro level even­tu­ally and help me get no­ticed a bit more,” said Dow. “It’s a more pro style of game here so I fig­ured it would help me.”

Robert­son came clos­est of the five Petes shootout par­tic­i­pants to scor­ing but Lo­gan Gau­thier came up big with a glove save. The Petes were down 3-1 early in the sec­ond pe­riod when Robert­son col­lected Gleb Babint­sev’s re­bound off Gau­thier’s pad and stepped around the net­min­der to slide the puck home.

“I thought he was our best for­ward,” Hull said. “He was cre­at­ing stuff of­fen­sively and won key face­offs against over­age play­ers on their team. He was in­volved in ev­ery sit­u­a­tion he was put into tonight. The big thing for play­ers is you have to do things to get no­ticed and he got no­ticed.”

Tyler Rollo, on a penalty shot, and Adam Tim­leck also scored for the Petes. Hunter Jones stopped 28 shots and four of five in the shootout.

Re­nars Kras­ten­berg was the lone shootout scorer. He also scored in reg­u­la­tion along with Ser­ren Noel, Sul­li­van Sparkes, Nick Wong and Kenny Huether. Gau­thier made 25 saves and five more in the shootout.

The Petes (1-3) close out the pre-sea­son with a visit to Guelph Satur­day and against Os­hawa in Bow­manville Sun­day. They host the Erie Ot­ters in their sea­son opener Thurs­day.

NOTES: The Petes as­signed Blake Cur­ran and sec­ond-round draft pick Cameron Supryka to the OJHL’s Lind­say Muskies fol­low­ing Thurs­day’s game. They’ll play in Lind­say’s opener Fri­day. Cur­ran will re­join the Petes for their fi­nal two pre-sea­son games. It brings the Petes ros­ter to 23 which GM Mike Oke ex­pects to start the sea­son with .... Five Petes have ad­vanced to NHL main camps in­clud­ing Jonathan Ang (Florida), Cole Fraser (Detroit), Zach Gal­lant (Detroit), Chris Pa­que­tte (Tampa Bay) and Dy­lan Wells (Edmonton). Over­age can­di­date Nikita Korostelev was in­vited to Toronto Maple Leafs main camp.

CLIF­FORD SKARSTEDT/EX­AM­INER

Peterborough Petes goalie Hunter Jones makes a save on Os­hawa Gen­er­als cen­tre Sul­li­van Sparkes as Petes cen­tre Se­myon Der-Ar­guch­int­sev moves in dur­ing first pe­riod OHL pre-sea­son hockey ac­tion on Thurs­day night at the Memo­rial Cen­tre. The Petes lost 6-5 in a shootout. See more pho­to­graphs from the game in the on­line gallery at www. thep­eter­bor­oughex­mainer.com.

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