Petes’ suc­cess in over­time con­tin­ues

Nick Robert­son scores in ex­tra frame for 4-3 win over vis­it­ing Bull­dogs

The Peterborough Examiner - - Sports - MIKE DAVIES Ex­am­iner Sports Di­rec­tor Mike.Davies @pe­ter­bor­ough­daily.com

The Peter­bor­ough Petes con­tinue to thrive in over­time.

The Petes im­proved to 4-0 in over­time this sea­son on Nick Robert­son’s break­away goal 1:42 into ex­tra time to de­feat the Hamil­ton Bull­dogs 4-3 on Thurs­day night. The 3,073 fans at the Memo­rial Cen­tre de­liv­ered 1,693 stuffed an­i­mals to the ice for the an­nual Teddy Bear Toss, 300 more than last year.

Matt McNa­mara stole the puck in the Petes’ zone and sent Robert­son down the ice all alone where he roofed a back­hand deke to se­cure the Petes (17-12-0) their fifth win in six games.

Robert­son also also added two as­sists giv­ing him seven goals and 12 points in six games since re­turn­ing from a wrist in­jury. Adam Tim­leck also scored twice.

The Petes’ third-ranked penalty kill got them through a Hamil­ton five-on-three ad­van­tage in the first half of the open­ing pe­riod. They say the goal­tender is a team’s best penalty killer and Hunter Jones il­lus­trated that with three saves on Grade A scor­ing chances dur­ing the short-handed sit­u­a­tion in­clud­ing one off a de­flec­tion.

The teddy bears came fly­ing from the stands with 7:43 left in the first pe­riod when Tim­leck bulged the twine. He fired a shot short-side on goalie Nick Donofrio cap­ping a three-way pass­ing play on the rush from Nick Rob- ert­son and Se­myon Der-Ar­guch­int­sev.

Af­ter an eight-minute de­lay to clean up the stuffed toys the same line came close to mak­ing it 2-0 but in­stead Hamil­ton popped a pair 53 sec­onds apart for a 2-1 lead.

A John Parker-Jones give­away led to Avery Hayes get­ting a shot and Navrin Mut­ter bang­ing in the re­bound at 13:22. Parker-Jones took an un­sports­man­like con­duct penalty af­ter the goal and Ni­co­las Mat­ti­nen blasted a point shot on the power play that squeaked past Jones on the blocker side at 14:05.

The Petes came close on their first power play of the game early in the se­cond pe­riod. Chris Pa­que­tte one-timed a shot that snuck through Donofrio’s legs but slid through the crease and out the other side.

Tim­leck’s se­cond goal of the night tied it at 7:04. Robert­son fil­tered a pass through two Bull­dogs to spring Tim­leck on a three-on-one and as he cruised in on the wing he blew a slap­shot over Donofrio’s shoul­der.

Mat­ti­nen re­stored the Bull­dogs’ lead 10 sec­onds into a power play snap­ping Bran­don Saigeon’s draw back to the point at 13:51.

The Petes waited to the last se­cond to tie it head­ing into in­ter­mis­sion. Liam Kirk put Brady Hinz’s pass in the net with 0.7 sec­onds left in the pe­riod on a power play.

Cole Fraser did not re­turn with his team­mates for the third pe­riod af­ter suf­fer­ing an in­jury late in the se­cond.

The Petes will visit the first place Ot­tawa 67’s 2 p.m. Sun­day.

NOTES: Hockey Hall of Fame de­fence­man and ex-Pete Chris Pronger was in at­ten­dance on Thurs­day night. Pronger works for the Flor­ida Pan­thers as a spe­cial ad­vi­sor to gen­eral man­ager Dale Tal­lon. Pronger said he was in town to do some scout­ing. He met up prior to the game with his for­mer Petes’ de­fen­sive coach Jeff Twohey… The Petes made one lineup change on Thurs­day in­sert­ing Cameron Supryka and re­mov­ing Adrien Ber­aldo… The three stars were 1. Adam Tim­leck (P); 2. Ni­co­las Mat­ti­nen (H); 3. Nick Robert­son (P)… The hard­est work­ing Pete was Austin Os­man­ski.

CLIF­FORD SKARSTEDT EX­AM­INER

Peter­bor­ough Petes' John Parker-Jones is lev­elled by Hamil­ton Bull­dogs' Navrin Mut­ter dur­ing the first pe­riod of OHL ac­tion Thurs­day at the Peter­bor­ough Memo­rial Cen­tre.

CLIF­FORD SKARSTEDT EX­AM­INER

Mi­nor hockey play­ers col­lect stuffed toys dur­ing the an­nual Teddy Bear Toss. Some 1,693 stuffed toys were col­lected, 300 more than last year.

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