Robert­son ex­tends goal streak to 7 games

Petes im­prove to 5-2 as Hunter Jones gets first shutout of the season in 4-0 win

The Peterborough Examiner - - SPORTS - MIKE DAVIES EX­AM­INER SPORTS DI­REC­TOR [email protected]­ter­bor­ough­daily.com

SAG­I­NAW, MICH. — The Peter­bor­ough Petes hoped to go .500 over their nine road games to start the season but they’ve al­ready ex­ceeded those ex­pec­ta­tions.

A four-goal third pe­riod helped the Petes up their record to 5-2 with a 4-0 vic­tory over the OHL West­ern Con­fer­ence lead­ing Sag­i­naw Spirit Wed­nes­day at the Dow Event Cen­ter.

Hunter Jones made 23 saves for the shutout, im­prov­ing to 5-0 this season. The Petes im­proved to 3-1 four games into the long­est road trip in team his­tory. They’ll com­plete six games in 10 days with vis­its Fri­day to the Sar­nia St­ing and Satur­day to the Flint Fire­birds, both 7 p.m. starts.

The Petes broke open a 0-0 game with two goals 51 sec­onds apart In the open­ing 2:25 of the third pe­riod.

Face­off whiz Zach Gallant drew the puck cleanly to Cameron Butler who ri­fled a shot top cor­ner at 1:34.

A Spirit penalty gave the Petes an op­por­tu­nity to grab control and they did scor­ing just six sec­onds into the man-ad­van­tage. Nick Robert­son fed a back­door pass to Liam Kirk for a tap-in at 2:25. Robert­son ex­tended his points streak to seven games.

Kirk did the set­ting up at 9:39 when Petes’ rookie Ma­son McTav­ish put his return pass over Tris­tan Len­nox’s shoul­der on a three-on-two rush. McTav­ish has five goals in his first seven OHL games.

Robert­son stripped a Spirit de­fender of the puck and scored his league-lead­ing ninth goal with 2:19 left. Robert­son has scored in all seven games this season, the long­est scor­ing streak by a Pete since Austin Wat­son scored in seven straight games in 2011. The Petes record is 19 games held by Mike Ricci.

Also on Wed­nes­day a sneak pre­view of ren­o­va­tions to the Peter­bor­ough Me­mo­rial Cen­tre was held by Petes busi­ness and PMC staff for suite hold­ers and spon­sors with ren­o­va­tions to the floor and in­stal­la­tion of new boards and glass com­plete. The Petes will play their home opener Oct. 17 against the Hamil­ton Bull­dogs.

Fans might have ex­pected a high scor­ing game with six of the league’s top 12 scor­ers in the two line­ups. In­stead, they got a game that was score­less through 40 min­utes with min­i­mal qual­ity scor­ing chances.

The first pe­riod was tight check­ing with no shots reg­is­tered for nearly seven min­utes. The Petes’ best scor­ing chance came on a power play late in the first pe­riod when Robert­son rung a shot off the cross­bar.

Dustin Hut­ton got robbed of his third goal in three games by a ref­eree’s quick whis­tle. Hut­ton one-timed a shot Len­nox got his glove on but he couldn’t han­dle it cleanly and it dropped be­hind him over the goal line af­ter the whis­tle blew with 5:25

left In the sec­ond.

NOTES: Curtis Trol­ley made his OHL de­but on Thurs­day with Michael Lit­tle feel­ing un­der the weather. Trol­ley was the first Pete to jump to the aid of Hunter Jones in the sec­ond pe­riod when Sag­i­naw’s Cole Coskey bumped into the Petes’ goalie. Trol­ley and Coskey got rough­ing penal­ties… Brady Chisholm) 2:25 pp 3-Petes, McTav­ish 5 (Kirk) 9:39 4-Petes, Robert­son 9 (Kirk, Der-Ar­guch­int­sev) 17:41

Penal­ties: Katic (S) hook­ing 2:19; De­nault (P) hook­ing 6:43; Trol­ley (P) rough­ing, King (S) rough­ing dou­ble-mi­nor 14:15.

Goal­tenders: Jones, Petes; Len­nox, Spirit.

Ref­er­ees: Big­gers, Ce­lestin.

Lines­men: Bet, Ho­ran.

At­ten­dance: 1,772 at the Dow Events Cen­ter.

Shots: 12 3 T

Petes 9 5 6 20

Spirit 6 9 8 23

Hinz re­mained out with a lower body in­jury. Kee­gan Mc­Mullen drew back into the lineup with Tucker Robert­son tak­ing a seat. Artem Guryev was also scratched… The three stars were 1. Hunter

Jones (P); 2. Cameron Butler (P); 3. Cole Coskey (S).

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