First hat trick for Stillman in Petes loss
Another rough outing for Petes goalie Tye Austin; Petes couldn’t hold lead and fall 9-6 to Wolves
SUDBURY — A Peterborough boy stuck a dagger in the Petes on Friday night.
Chase Stillman’s first OHL hat trick, all In the third period, sparked the Sudbury Wolves 9-6 win over the Petes at the Sudbury Community Arena.
Top NHL prospect Quinton Byfield had a goal and three assists for Sudbury while the Petes top line combined for 10 points in a wild shootout. Nick Robertson and Liam Kirk scoring two goals and an assist each and Semyon DerArguchintsev a goal and three assists.
The Petes are now 3-2, all on the road, to start the year. Both losses were 9-6 scores with Tye Austin in goal.
It was the second of six stops on a 10-day road trip, the longest in club history. The Petes will travel to Sault Ste. Marie on Saturday for a 2 p.m. game Sunday against the Greyhounds.
Goals came fast and furious with both teams scoring on their first two shots.
After giving up eight goals in his only other start this season Austin gave up two goals in the opening 3:24. Blake Murray went to the crease to bang in David Levin’s pass. Jack Thompson slid down to the backdoor to convert Byfield’s pass on a power play.
Michael Little tipped David Maier’s point shot past Christian Purboo on a power play at 6:05. Owen Gilhula made it 3-1 on a power play at 8:39 set up by Macauley Carson.
The Petes replied 51 seconds later on their second shot with Der-Arguchintsev’s second goal in as many nights assisted by Cameron Butler and rookie Mason MacTavish who has points in all five games this season.
Five more goals came in the second period with three in a row by the Petes to jump ahead 5-3 just 3:50 into the second.
Purboo was replaced by Mitchell Weeks after Kirk deflected Shawn Spearing’s shot for three goals on five shots.
Robertson extended his goal scoring streak to five games slipping Der-Arguchintsev’s pass by Weeks on his first shot he faced. Robertson scored again on a power play roofing Declan Chisholm’s pass.
Carson drew Sudbury within one after the puck bounced to him off the endboards. Byfield tied it on a power play at 13:48 with a laser shot.
Stillman put Sudbury in front 2:56 into the third with his second OHL goal chipping a rebound over Austin. Shane Bulitka scored 42 seconds later to make it 7-5.
The Petes bounced back with Kirk’s second of the night redirecting Artem Guryev’s shot at 5:44. It was Guryev’s first OHL point.
Stillman took a pass after a Der-Arguchintsev turnover and deked past Jacob Paquette to snap a shot under Austin’s arm at 8:13.
Stillman capped the hat trick into an empty net.
NOTES: Peterborough minor hockey grad Chase Stillman’s first OHL goal last week against North Bay was nominated for OHL goal of the week. It’s worth checking out on video… Former Peterborough resident Bud Stefanski is no longer assistant coach with Sudbury. He announced his retirement in the off-season when the Wolves introduced alumnus Zach Stortini as his replacement.
Peterborough Petes forward Nick Robertson streaks into the Sudbury Wolves zone while Sudbury Wolves forward David Levin gives chase during first-period OHL action at Sudbury Community Arena on Friday night. Robertson had two goals in a 9-6 Petes loss.