Robert­son keeps his hot streak go­ing for Petes win

Over­time goal puts sopho­more at seven goals, 12 points in six games since re­turn

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

Nick Robert­son has found his groove.

The Peter­bor­ough Petes’ sopho­more for­ward con­tin­ued a hot streak scor­ing 1:42 into over­time in Thurs­day’s 4-3 win over the Hamilton Bull­dogs at the Me­mo­rial Cen­tre. The Petes only other game this week­end is a Sun­day af­ter­noon visit to the OHL’s first place Ot­tawa 67’s.

Robert­son’s NHL draft sea­son started roughly when he in­jured his wrist two games into the sea­son and missed sev­eral weeks. He came back briefly be­fore be­ing side­lined again by the in­jury.

In the six games since he’s re­turned, Robert­son has seven goals, 12 points and a +10 rat­ing. In over­time, Matt McNa­mara’s pass sent Robert­son down the ice on a break­away where he roofed a back­hand deke to se­cure the Petes (17-12-0) their fifth win in six games. It im­proved their over­time record to 4-0 this sea­son.

“Luck­ily the de­fence­man fell over and I had a break­away,” said Robert­son. “I didn’t know who was backcheck­ing on me all I knew if I had a break­away and I had to cap­i­tal­ize on it. I do some pre-video on their goalies and I knew his glove was kind of weak and when I move it from one side to the other it’s pretty quick and I don’t think pretty much any goalie can stop that.”

Robert­son also added two as­sists. Adam Tim­leck scored twice and Se­myon Der-Ar­guch­int­sev added two as­sists as that line with Robert­son con­tin­ues to roll.

“I have to thank my line­mates,” said Robert­son. “It’s much eas­ier to play with guys who know where you are and have the same skillset.”

“I play with two amaz­ing line­mates,” said Tim­leck. “I find my­self some­times on the ice watch­ing them more than I am play­ing with them some­times. It’s a lot of fun.”

Petes head coach Rob Wil­son wouldn’t tip his hat on what they are but he said he has some rules about over­time his play­ers have abided by and it’s lead­ing to suc­cess.

“I give the credit to the play­ers be­cause we have some very im­por­tant rules for three-on-three and they re­ally stick to it and its paid div­i­dends for us,” said Wil­son.

“Nick has great hands and great skill and he can pull dif­fer­ent moves that are dif­fi­cult for a goal­tender to know which one he is go­ing to use. He’s a goal scorer and he’s op­por­tunis­tic. You feel like you got a shot when he’s go­ing in on a break­away, for sure.”

Cole Fraser left the game mid­way through the sec­ond pe­riod and did not re­turn af­ter a col­li­sion with a Hamilton player.

“We think it’s noth­ing se­ri­ous,” said Wil­son, “but we thought he’s been play­ing so well we’re not go­ing to take any risks.”

The Petes had lost three of four games against Hamilton un­til pick­ing up their sec­ond win.

“It doesn’t seem like too many other teams have an is­sue with these guys but we cer­tainly do,” said Austin Os­man­ski, named hardest work­ing Pete.

“They have a lot of good for­wards and a cou­ple of studs on the back-end. They’re tough to de­fend and they’re big and strong and fast but as long as we play our way we can beat them.”

Next up for the Petes is a road trip to Ot­tawa to play the 67’s at 2 p.m. on Sun­day.

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