Ot­tawa 67’s over­come early stum­ble to pull out vic­tory. Story, photo, sum­mary

The Peterborough Examiner - - FRONT PAGE - MIKE DAVIES EX­AM­INER SPORTS DIREC­TOR mike.davies @pe­ter­bor­ough­

The Peter­bor­ough Petes vs. Ot­tawa 67’s sea­son se­ries re­sem­bles base­ball’s World Se­ries, where the vis­i­tor won ev­ery game.

The short-staffed 67’s, down two skaters, ral­lied from a 2-0 deficit to a 3-2 over­time win be­fore 2,915 fans at the Me­mo­rial Cen­tre Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Jack Quinn dan­gled his way through the Petes de­fend­ers to tuck the puck be­tween Hunter Jones’s pads 1:25 into over­time. It snapped the Petes’ three­game win­ning streak and was the 67’s first win against the Petes, who beat them twice in Ot­tawa.

The Petes (13-5-1) gained a point to tie the Oshawa Gen­er­als for first place in the OHL pend­ing the re­sult of Oshawa’s Sun­day night home game against Kitch­ener.

Ot­tawa pulled within one point of the clubs in a crowded race for top spot in the East Di­vi­sion and East­ern Con­fer­ence.

Petes head coach Rob Wil­son thought his team had op­por­tu­ni­ties to put the game away.

“You’re up by two and we talk about im­por­tant things like stay­ing out of the box,” he said. “We took penal­ties and we let them back in the game. We were probably in con­trol. When you give a team life it usu­ally hurts you.

“Nor­mally, the third pe­riod has been our best pe­riod and to­day it wasn’t,” Wil­son added. “I thought we got com­pla­cent.”

It was Hud­son Wil­son’s first game against his old team since the Petes ac­quired him on Oct. 23.

“It was ob­vi­ously weird. I’ve known some of those guys for four years,” he said, “but it doesn’t change the way I play or the way we play. We wanted to come out with the win but we didn’t get it. That’s why we play them five more times.

“I know they’re a team which doesn’t quit. I know that from be­ing there so long. We got some bad bounces here and there and I think we shut down a bit dur­ing the game which cost us.”

The game started with a bang as John Parker-Jones jumped in to fight Kevin Bahl after he crunched Max Grondin with a hip-check 19 sec­onds into the game.

The Petes jumped ahead 2-0 on goals 1:31 apart in the open­ing 3:31 of the second pe­riod.

Zach Gal­lant’s no-look back­hand pass sent Cameron But­ler in to snap a shot past goalie Cedric An­dree.

The Petes added to the lead on a power play. Gal­lant missed the net with a shot, but Liam Kirk picked up the puck and stepped out front to bury a shot.

Ot­tawa scored on a power play at 9:37 as Marco Rossi threaded a pass Joseph Gar­reffa one­timed past Jones.

Jones stopped Austen Keat­ing on a short-handed break­away with 5:14 left in the second. He made a big pad stop on Keat­ing off a goal­mouth pass on a power play early in the third.

The Petes tested the penalty kill once too of­ten as Gar­reffa’s second power-play marker tied it at 6:50.

He was in the slot to chip in Quinn’s cen­tring pass from be­hind the net.

Jones bailed the Petes out in the third mak­ing nine straight saves, sev­eral dif­fi­cult.

NOTES: Three stars were 1. Joseph Gar­reffa (O); 2. Zach Gal­lant (P); 3. Liam Kirk (P).


Peter­bor­ough Petes goalie Hunter Jones is beaten on a goal by Ot­tawa 67’s Jack Quinn in over­time on Sun­day at the Me­mo­rial Cen­tre.

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