LONG ROAD TRIP OVER: Petes wrap extended road swing
‘Can’t wait to get back to PMC Thursday after 4-2 trip away
FLINT, MICH. — The Peterborough Petes are finally headed home.
Despite ending the longest road trip in club history with a 6-2 loss to the Flint Firebirds Saturday night, the Petes return home feeling good about a 6-3 record.
The loss snapped a threegame winning streak for the Petes who went 4-2 on a 10-day road trip. They are also 6-3 overall after nine straight road games to start the season.
They’ll play their first game at the renovated Memorial Centre Thursday at 7:05 p.m. against the Hamilton Bulldogs.
Flint outscored the Petes, who were playing their third game in four nights, 4-1 in the second period.
Nick Robertson’s eight-game goal scoring streak came to an end for the Petes forward, but he had an assist to extend his OHL leading points streak to nine games.
He and Semyon Der-Arguchintsev were tied with Quinton Byfield and Phillip Tomasino for the league scoring lead at 18 points. Declan Chisholm had a goal and assist to extend his points streak to eight games. His 12 points was tied for second among OHL defencemen.
Petes head coach Rob Wilson doesn’t like to use excuses, but he said his players looked tired.
“They tried, but they just didn’t have it tonight. And (they) were playing a fresh team. It was a game that was going to be tough no matter what. Mentally, too, wanting to get home for Thanksgiving, there were a lot of factors. I could tell 10 minutes into the game they didn’t have it, but they didn’t quit working.”
Wilson said prior to the trip he’d be pleased with a .500 record, but they come out with a .667 win percentage.
“It was a very successful road trip. I just told them, ‘Keep your heads up and enjoy your turkey and then let’s get back to work.’” Second-year defenceman Shawn Spearing said they can’t wait to get back into the PMC.
“Tonight didn’t go the way we wanted, but overall we had a 10-day road trip and came out over .500, which is a plus,” said Spearing. “Now we get to go back to the PMC and defend our home. We’re pretty excited to get back to the PMC. The guys are looking forward to it. This took a lot out of us, but we played well.”
Flint grabbed a quick lead when Brennan Othmann fed a between-the-legs pass to Dennis Busby, who put it through Hunter Jones’ pads at 2:05.
The lead lasted 1:15 as Chisholm, who entered the game with 10 assists in seven games, got his first goal wiring a wrist shot under goalie Anthony Popovich’s arm. Der-Arguchintsev picked up his OHL leading 16th assist.
Again Flint struck early, with Ty Dellandrea’s goal 33 seconds into the second, after the Petes failed to clear the puck. Flint went up by two at 9:14 after Jones stopped Busby’s point shot and Cody Morgan got two whacks at the rebound. Jack Phibbs snuck a shot through Jones’ legs 4:08 later. Jones, who entered with a 6-0 record, was replaced by Tye Austin.
Robertson was originally credited with a power-play goal at 15:26, but it was changed to Zach Gallant, who tipped Robertson’s shot from the right faceoff dot. Flint answered before the period ended with Othmann scoring. Braeden Kressler added a third-period goal.
NOTES: Peterborough native Tyler Deline played against his hometown Petes for the first time. The Flint rookie has one assist in six games. His parents, Steve and Tasha Deline have billeted Petes captain Zach Gallant for three seasons. … The Petes iced the same lineup as Friday’s 6-3 win in Sarnia. … Three stars were 1. Cody Morgan (F); 2. Brennan Othmann (F); 3. Dennis Busby (F).
The Petes’ Chad Denault, left, tries to poke the puck from the Firebirds’ Hunter Holmes in Flint.