Tim­leck scores in OT for 5-4 win over Ot­ters

Petes move back into a tie for first in OHL East and hold a game in hand over the Ot­tawa 67’s

The Peterborough Examiner - - Sports - MIKE DAVIES Ex­am­iner Sports Direc­tor mike.davies @pe­ter­bor­ough­daily.com

It wasn’t pretty but it counts for two points.

Adam Tim­leck’s goal 4:08 into over­time lifted the Peter­bor­ough Petes past the Erie Ot­ters 5-4 be­fore 2,301 fans at the Me­mo­rial Cen­tre on Thurs­day night.

The Petes move back atop the OHL’s East Divi­sion with a 6-2 record while the Ot­ters suf­fered their fifth loss in six games.

Tim­leck took Austin Os­man­ski’s pass and used Chris Pa­que­tte as a de­coy on a two-on-one break to blast a slap­shot over goalie Daniel Mur­phy’s shoul­der on his blocker side. It was the first lead of the game for the Petes but the only one they needed af­ter play­ing catch-up most of the night.

The Petes are on the road Fri­day to face the Oshawa Gen­er­als at 7:30 p.m. They are back home at 7:05 p.m. Satur­day to face de­fected first-round draft pick Will Cuylle and the Wind­sor Spit­fires.

The Petes had the wind taken out of their sails in the open­ing minute when they watched their cap­tain Zach Gal­lant helped off the ice with a sus­pected an­kle in­jury. Gal­lant was checked by an Erie de­fender and fell to the ice slid­ing feet first into the boards at high speed.

Erie swarmed the Petes, and rookie goalie Tye Austin mak­ing his first OHL start, in the next few min­utes to build an early 2-0 lead.

Chad Yet­man drove the net hard to shovel Hay­den Fowler’s re­bound over Austin at 53 sec­onds. The next goal came on a power play as Alex Gritz jammed Petr Ca­jka’s re­bound un­der Austin at 3:09.

It took al­most half a pe­riod for the Petes to get go­ing and they cut the lead in half be­fore the pe­riod ended. Se­myon Der-Ar­guch­int­sev car­ried the puck up ice dropped it to De­clan Chisholm and Pavel Go­golev roofed his pass over Mur­phy. Mur­phy was the very last pick, 301st over­all in the 2016 OHL Pri­or­ity Se­lec­tion.

The Petes tied it 5:21 into the sec­ond as Pa­que­tte drilled a shot off the rush that Mur­phy stopped and Brady Hinz jumped on the re­bound.

The tie was short-lived as Kur­tis Henry drilled a slap­shot just un­der­neath the cross­bar 38 sec­onds later. It was con­firmed as a goal af­ter a lengthy video re­view to de­ter­mine if the play was on­side. Chisholm’s stretch pass sent Pa­que­tte on a break­away with 8:38 left in the sec­ond and he rang the puck off the top of the goal post. Ninety sec­onds later, Adrien Ber­aldo sprung Cameron But­ler on a break­away and the rookie snapped a high shot home for his fourth goal in eight games.

Again Erie struck right back as Austin got caught com­ing out of his net and Gera Pod­dubny re­trieved a dump-In that got be­hind the goalie and set up Kyle Mak­si­movich in front at 13:55.

The Petes tied it at 4-4 with their sec­ond power play goal at 15:35 when Pa­que­tte one-timed Chisholm’s cross-ice pass. It was the third Petes goal of the pe­riod on five shots and Pa­que­tte’s sixth in eight games.

Austin was pulled three min­utes into the third when he was shaken up when an Erie player crashed into him af­ter los­ing an edge. Hunter Jones had to stop two quick shots within sec­onds of tak­ing over the goal.

Yet­man drilled a shot off the goal post with 2:45 left in reg­u­la­tion.

NOTES: The three stars were 1. Chris Pa­que­tte (P); 2. Alex Gritz (E); 3. Adam Tim­leck (P)…. Hard­est work­ing Pete was

Tye Austin…. Petes scratches in­cluded Nick Robert­son (wrist), John Parker-Jones (fin­ger), Dustin Hut­ton (num­bers) and Shawn Spear­ing (num­bers).

JA­SON BAIN EX­AM­INER

Peter­bor­ough goal­tender Tye Austin (30) keeps his eye on the puck as the Petes hosted the Erie Ot­ters in his first OHL ca­reet start Thurs­day night. The Petes won 5-4 in over­time.

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