LONG ROAD TRIP OVER: Petes wrap ex­tended road swing

‘Can’t wait to get back to PMC Thurs­day af­ter 4-2 trip away

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

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.

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