Petes lose to Bull­dogs at PMC

Hamil­ton breaks free from sec­ond-pe­riod tie

The Peterborough Examiner - - Sports - MIKE DAVIES EX­AM­INER SPORTS DI­REC­TOR Mike.Davies @pe­ter­bor­ough­daily.com

Head coach Rob Wil­son feels like the Pe­ter­bor­ough Petes fum­bled away four points they de­served this week.

The Petes out­shot their op­po­nents 82-61 in two games at the Me­mo­rial Cen­tre Tues­day and Satur­day but lost 5-3 first to the Kitchener Rangers and then 3-1 to the Hamil­ton Bull­dogs.

In­stead of a 13-7 record the Petes are 11-9. It’s the dif­fer­ence be­tween be­ing in third place in the OHL’s Eastern Con­fer­ence in­stead of their cur­rent sixth place. The Petes led Hamil­ton 1-0 head­ing into the third pe­riod and goalie Hunter Jones did his part stop­ping 33 shots.

“We’re a lit­tle bit snake-bit­ten as far as scor­ing goals goes,” said Wil­son. “We got close to 90 shots for the last two games and can’t seem to find the back of the net. It’s four points lost be­cause I thought we prob­a­bly should have had both wins.”

Hamil­ton goalie Zachary Roy stopped Nick Isaac­son and Austin Os­man­ski on sec­ond pe­riod break­aways. Adam Tim­leck also hit a goal post.

“We need to cap­i­tal­ize,” said Wil­son. “It’s frus­trat­ing be­cause we very eas­ily have had two home wins this week and we’d be feel­ing re­ally good about our­selves. Now we have two home losses and we have to make these games up and put a lit­tle bit of pressure on our­selves to maybe get some points in places we weren’t count­ing on.”

Wil­son said his team played well enough that he’s “not con­cerned. I’m more dis­ap­pointed.”

The Petes took a lead with 4:20 re­main­ing in the sec­ond pe­riod when Tim­leck con­verted Isaac­son’s set-up.

Av­ery Hayes tied the game on a two-on-zero break­away 1:53 into the third pe­riod. Bran­don Saigeon tal­lied again 1:24 later to leapfrog the Bull­dogs into the lead. Ni­co­las Mat­ti­nen clinched it with an empty-net marker at 19:44.

Wil­son said the first two goals came off mis­takes the team should be elim­i­nat­ing from its game nearly one-third into the sea­son. The odd-man rushes are about game man­age­ment.

“You can’t give up a two-onzero in the third pe­riod when you are up 1-0,” he said. “We talked about it go­ing into the pe­riod that 1-0 is as good as win­ning 4-3. It makes no dif­fer­ence. You have to learn to win these games and good teams do. We talked about not al­low­ing teams to get in be­hind us and things like that when you’re win­ning 1-0. I’m a lit­tle frus­trated by that and the guys know it but there were also a lot of pos­i­tives to be taken.”

The Petes’ next ac­tion is 7:05 p.m. Thurs­day when they host the Owen Sound At­tack.

NOTES: Nick Robert­son missed Satur­day’s game with a flare-up of a wrist in­jury which side­lined him for sev­eral weeks ear­lier this sea­son, said Petes’ head coach Rob Wil­son. Cole Fraser was out with a lower body in­jury but he should re­turn Thurs­day, said Wil­son. Cameron But­ler was still away at the World U17 Hockey Chal­lenge. His team, Team Canada White, didn’t make the play­off round. On the pos­i­tive side, John Parker-Jones re­turned to the lineup af­ter miss­ing 17 games with a bro­ken fin­ger… Pe­ter­bor­ough mi­nor hockey grad Will Cran­ley’s Team Canada Red placed fourth at the World U17 Hockey Chal­lenge in New Brunswick af­ter los­ing 4-3 to Swe­den in the bronze medal game. ..The three stars were 1. Zachary Roy (H); 2. Hunter Jones (P); 3, Bran­don Saigeon (H)… Hard­est work­ing Pete was Brady Hinz.

CLIF­FORD SKARSTEDT EX­AM­INER

Pe­ter­bor­ough Petes' Max Grondin and Hamil­ton Bull­dogs' Arthur Kaliyev fight for the puck dur­ing the sec­ond pe­riod.

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