PETES LOSE IN OVERTIME:
Ottawa 67’s overcome early stumble to pull out victory. Story, photo, summary
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.