Robert­son con­tin­ues pre-sea­son roll with shootout goal in Petes win

Play­ing in All Amer­i­can Prospects Game in Min­nesota on Wed­nes­day af­ter get­ting hat trick for Team USA at the Hlinka-Gret­zky Cup

The Peterborough Examiner - - Sports - MIKE DAVIES Ex­am­iner Sports Di­rec­tor [email protected]­ter­bor­ough­

Nick Robert­son looks to be primed for a big sopho­more sea­son.

The Peterborough Petes’ 2017 firstround draft pick kicked off his sum­mer with a stand­out show­ing for Team USA at the Hlinka-Gret­zky Cup in Ed­mon­ton. He then led the Petes in scor­ing dur­ing train­ing camp.

He’s car­ried the mo­men­tum into the OHL pre-sea­son scor­ing a goal and as­sist and a fancy shootout tally in the Petes’ 5-4 win over the Kingston Fron­te­nacs at the Me­mo­rial Cen­tre on Thurs­day night.

Robert­son scored a hat trick in the Amer­i­cans’ semi­fi­nal loss to Canada dur­ing the U18 event in Ed­mon­ton. He also scored in their loss to Rus­sia in the bronze medal game.

He says the ex­pe­ri­ence gave him con­fi­dence.

“I think I got my name out in that tour­na­ment in big games against Canada and Rus­sia,” Robert­son said. “I just wanted to prove that I’m a guy peo­ple can talk about.”

He’d love to rep­re­sent the U.S. again one day.

“It was a great feel­ing. I haven’t re­ally rep­re­sented my coun­try be­fore and to do it on a big stage in front of a big crowd there in the semi­fi­nals was spe­cial. It def­i­nitely gives me mo­ti­va­tion to rep­re­sent my coun­try in the fu­ture.”

Robert­son also came to camp want­ing to prove some­thing.

“I wanted to earn the re­spect of a new coach and my team­mates and fans,” he said.

It’s his NHL draft year but Robert­son says win­ning is the most im­por­tant thing to him, it will help his draft stock.

“It’s a big year but I have a mind­set of just play­ing and not wor­ry­ing about it, hav­ing fun and work­ing hard,” he said.

He’s been se­lected to par­tic­i­pate for Team Lan­gen­brun­ner in the All Amer­i­can Prospects Game Wed­nes­day in Min­nesota. It will make for a busy three days as he flies out Tues­day and flies back to Peterborough Thurs­day morn­ing to get back in time for the Petes’ reg­u­lar sea­son opener against Kingston.

Af­ter Paul Lara­bie gave Kingston a 1-1 lead 7:33 into the game, Robert­son got the Petes on the board on a power play at 9:50. Brady Hinz redi­rected Adam Tim­leck’s shot to Robert­son who put the puck top shelf on goalie Bren­dan Bonello.

Robert­son’s goal­mouth pass set up Tim­leck’s go-ahead goal 2:46 into the sec­ond. Kingston tied it mid­way through the pe­riod as Tyler Burnie stripped Nick Isaac­son of the puck and wired a shot past Tye Austin.

Chad De­nault put the Petes up 43 sec­onds into the third redi­rect­ing John Parker-Jones’ point shot. Hinze de­posited Jake Par­tridge’s re­bound 3:47 later for the game’s first two-goal lead.

Ian Derungs scored on a four-on-three power play at 13-7 and Ryan Cran­ford forced the shootout scor­ing in a scram­ble with the goalie out for an ex­tra at­tacker.

Hinz and Robert­son, with a quick­handed fake and deke to the fore­hand scored in the shootout while Austin stopped both Kingston shoot­ers.

The Petes close out the pre-sea­son with road games Satur­day against the Bar­rie Colts and Sun­day ver­sus the Oshawa Gen­er­als.

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Peterborough Petes' Nick Robert­son fires the puck past Kingston Fron­te­nacs goalie Bren­dan Bonello on Thurs­day night.

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