Hunter Jones stones the Gens in road win

Badly out­shot Petes come home with two points to stay tied with Ot­tawa for first place

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

OSHAWA – The Peter­bor­ough Petes can thank Hunter Jones for Fri­day night’s win.

Jones picked up his OHL lead­ing sev­enth win of the sea­son with 45 saves in a 2-1 win over the Gen­er­als be­fore 4,901 fans at the Trib­ute Com­mu­ni­ties Cen­tre.

The Petes im­proved to an Eastern Con­fer­ence 7-2 on the sea­son in­clud­ing 3-1 on the road while Oshawa dipped to 3-4-0.

De­clan Chisholm had the win­ning goal and an as­sist to lead the Petes.

It was the first of eight meet­ings be­tween the High­way 115 ri­vals and first of four games in a three-week span. Oshawa will visit the Petes on Thurs­day.

The Petes got off to a de­cent start with Brady Hinz go­ing to the front of the net to re­di­rect De­clan Chisholm’s shot past goalie Kyle Keyser 2:22 into the game. It was Hinz’s fifth goal in nine games af­ter scor­ing five goals in 28 games last sea­son af­ter be­ing ac­quired from the Sar­nia Sting in the Jonathan Ang trade in Jan­uary.

The Gen­er­als tied it 6:30 later when Nando Eggen­berger re­trieved the puck in the Petes cor­ner and put a back­hand pass onto the stick of Mon­treal Cana­di­ens draft pick Al­lan McShane who snapped it past goalie Hunter Jones. Jones stopped 15 shots to keep the game tied af­ter 20 min­utes.

Just past the mid­way mark of the sec­ond pe­riod Oshawa’s Ser­ren Noel got in be­hind the Petes’ de­fence for a par­tial break­away but he was turned aside by Jones who en­tered the game lead­ing all OHL goalies with six wins.

The Petes came close with a lit­tle more than four min­utes left in the sec­ond when Liam Kirk feath­ered a pass to Matt McNa­mara who jumped into the rush but Keyser threw out his blocker to make the save.

The Petes took the lead on a power play on the next shift when Se­myon Der-Ar­guch­int­sev dropped a back­hand pass to the point where Chisholm drilled it home for his first goal of the sea­son to go along with six as­sists. The Petes were trail­ing 30-16 on the shot clock at the time.

Petes de­fender Cole Fraser rocked Gen­er­als cap­tain Jack Studnicka with a thun­der­ous open-ice hit late in the mid­dle pe­riod.

Jones came up with an­other big save with 12:11 left in the third stop­ping Eggen­berger’s blast off a McShane drop pass. Jones al­most got caught out of his net try­ing to re­trieve his stick when an Oshawa shot de­flected inches wide of an open net.

The Gen­er­als thought they’d tied it on a power play at 9:04 when Nick Wong drilled a shot past Jones. The goal was dis­al­lowed af­ter video re­view showed the play was off-side.

Jones topped Tye Tul­lio point­blank with three min­utes left to pre­serve the lead.

Studnicka had a goal dis­al­lowed in the fi­nal 90 se­conds when the whis­tle was blown be­fore it en­tered the net.

NOTES: The Petes host de­fected first-round draft pick Will Cuylle and the Wind­sor Spit­fires 7:05 p.m. Satur­day at the PMC. Prior to the game the Petes will hon­our the 1979 team which brought Peter­bor­ough its only Memo­rial Cup cham­pi­onship to date… About 100 fans turned up at the PMC Pub & Grill for a Petesa Party Fri­day that fea­tured a Q&A with mem­bers of the 1979 Petes and a view­ing party of the Petes game in Oshawa… The hard­est work­ing Pete was Cole Fraser.

Hay­ton named cap­tain

Peter­bor­ough na­tive Bar­rett Hay­ton was named the cap­tain of the Sault Ste. Marie Grey­hounds on Fri­day, with Mor­gan Frost, Mac Hol­low­ell and Jor­dan Sam­brook as al­ter­nate cap­tains.

Hay­ton, 18, is in his third sea­son with the Grey­hounds af­ter be­com­ing the Ari­zona Coy­otes first round se­lec­tion in the 2018 NHL Draft.

The Peter­bor­ough mi­nor hockey prod­uct, who was just re­turned to the Hounds two days ago, was orig­i­nally their first round se­lec­tion (ninth over­all) in the 2016 OHL Pri­or­ity Se­lec­tion, and is com­ing off a 60-point (21G, 39A) sea­son one year ago.

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Peter­bor­ough Petes goalie Hunter Jones

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