Pos­i­tive trends con­tinue for Pe­tes

The Peterborough Examiner - - Sports - MIKE DAVIES Ex­am­iner Sports Di­rec­tor [email protected]­ter­bor­ough­daily.com

The re­sults were mixed in the win/loss col­umns but some pos­i­tive trends con­tin­ued for the Peter­bor­ough Pe­tes last week.

They had a rare Satur­day and Sun­day off fol­low­ing a 4-1 home ice win over the North Bay Bat­tal­ion on Thurs­day and a 3-2 road loss to the Sud­bury Wolves on Fri­day. The Pe­tes re­turn to ac­tion 7:05 p.m. Thurs­day when they host the Hamil­ton Bull­dogs at the Memo­rial Cen­tre on Teddy Bear Toss Night.

The Pe­tes sit in fifth place in the OHL’s East­ern Con­fer­ence with a 16-12-0 record. They visit the first place Ot­tawa 67’s on Sun­day af­ter­noon in their only other game this week.

On Fri­day, the Pe­tes suf­fered just their sec­ond loss this season in 12 games when lead­ing af­ter two pe­ri­ods. Sud­bury ral­lied from a 2-1 deficit scor­ing on a late power play to pull out the win.

“Sud­bury came at us pretty hard,” said Pe­tes’ head coach Rob Wil­son, coach­ing his first OHL game in Sud­bury where he played be­tween 1985-88 be­fore be­ing traded to the Pe­tes. “At times we did some good things but I don’t think it was our best night. We re­ally strug­gled on face­offs (39-21 ad­van­tage for Sud­bury) which hurt us. We were chas­ing the game all night.

“We gave up a power play late which re­ally hurt us. We’ve been on a good lit­tle run lately. We did enough to get some­thing but not enough to win. Full credit to Sud­bury. They played well.”

The bright spot for the Pe­tes was the growing chem­istry be­tween Nick Robert­son, who scored both goals in Sud­bury, and Se­myon Der-Ar­guch­int­sev who as­sisted on both.

Since be­ing benched Nov. 17 for a -5 ef­fort in Sar­nia, Der-Ar­guch­int­sev has eight points and is a +10 in five games. It co­in­cides with Robert­son’s re­turn to his line af­ter be­ing out with a wrist in­jury. Robert­son has six goals, nine points and is a +7 in those five games. De­clan Chisholm has eight points and is +9 in the same span. Der-Ar­guch­int­sev has worked hard to re­deem him­self on the de­fen­sive side of the puck. He’s im­proved from -17 af­ter the Sar­nia game to -7.

“That was my fo­cus,” DerAr­guch­int­sev said. “Two weeks ago, I was -17. Ob­vi­ously, points are im­por­tant but that’s not what you think about on the ice. You’re just go­ing out to play. You know the points will come. Plus-mi­nus is some­thing I needed to fix and be a plus player.”

On Thurs­day, the Pe­tes held the OHL’s sec­ond lead­ing scorer Justin Brazeau off the score­sheet. The Pe­tes’ third best penalty kill stopped the Bat­tal­ion’s topranked power play on both op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“Chis (Chisholm) and Fras (Cole Fraser) did a good job (Thurs­day) against Brazeau’s line keep­ing them away from the net and not giv­ing them too many op­por­tu­ni­ties,” said Pe­tes’ de­fen­sive coach Der­rick Walser. “When you have a guy like Brazeau re­ally tear­ing up the league you want to shut him down and make their other lines do the dam­age.

“Our PK is do­ing a good job right now. They’re bat­tling. You don’t want to give them five or six op­por­tu­ni­ties and we did a good job lim­it­ing them to two and we got away with it.”

The line of Erik Cer­mak, who had a goal and as­sist, Cameron But­ler and Liam Kirk paced the Pe­tes against North Bay.

“We’ve been play­ing well,” said But­ler. “We’re get­ting used to each other and have de­vel­oped a chem­istry be­tween the three of us. It’s been work­ing out well. It’s just talk­ing to each other on the bench and on the ice and know­ing where each other is go­ing to be.”

JOHN LAPPA SUD­BURY STAR

Dar­ian Pilon, left, of the Sud­bury Wolves, and John Parker-Jones, of the Peter­bor­ough Pe­tes, bat­tle for position dur­ing OHL ac­tion at the Sud­bury Com­mu­nity Arena on Fri­day.

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