Robertson, Dow impress coach
Petes lose home exhibition tilt 6-5 in shootout to Generals
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.
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.