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
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.