Petes dis­ap­pointed in SO loss

Parker-Jones shows off his skills as the first shooter in shootout

The Peterborough Examiner - - SPORTS - MIKE DAVIES EX­AM­INER SPORTS DI­REC­TOR mike.davies @pe­ter­bor­ough­daily.com

Thurs­day night’s game at the Memo­rial Cen­tre did not look like a first-place team against a last-place team.

Kingston picked up just its third win of the sea­son, edg­ing the Peter­bor­ough Petes, 4-3, in a shootout. All three Fron­te­nacs shoot­ers, in­clud­ing OHL ex­cep­tional player Shane Wright with the win­ner, scored on Tye Austin in the shootout.

Austin made 35 saves through 65 min­utes to help the Petes earn a point, but he also fanned on a pass that led to Kingston’s ty­ing goal.

Ma­son McTav­ish and Se­myon Der-Ar­guch­int­sev scored in the shootout leav­ing the Petes tied with the Ottawa 67’s for first place over­all and in the Eastern Con­fer­ence head­ing into Friday night ac­tion.

The Petes’ next game is at 7:05 p.m. Satur­day when they host

Kitch­ener Rangers at the PMC.

“We didn’t play very well,” said Petes head coach Rob Wil­son.

“We looked like we were tired from (Wed­nes­day’s 4-3 school day game win in Hamil­ton).

“That’s not an ex­cuse, that’s just what we looked like. I didn’t like our game at all. You’re up 3-1 — just close it down. We didn’t do that,” he said.

“I thought Kingston came to play and worked re­ally hard. I have to give them credit. They won their bat­tles, we didn’t.

“When you’re win­ning 3-1, though, even if you are not play­ing well or are tired or hav­ing a tough night, some­times you have to win ugly. I must have men­tioned it 20 times on the bench, ‘We’re go­ing to have to win ugly,’ but we didn’t do that.”

Wil­son might have raised a few eye­brows by mak­ing John Parker-Jones his first shooter in the shootout. He was the only player not to score dur­ing the shootout, although he net­ted his third goal of the sea­son ear­lier in the game.

“He’s prob­a­bly our best in prac­tice and he got one in pre­sea­son,” Wil­son said.

“He’s very good at it. He had him beat, he just missed the net. He’s got a great move for it and has the long reach. No­body on our bench was sur­prised. Yeah, maybe oth­ers were, be­cause they think of him as a dif­fer­ent type of player.”

Parker-Jones said “I was hop­ing I’d get to go. I didn’t think I’d get the shot to go first.

“I think it tricks peo­ple a bit if I do get called up. Peo­ple will be look­ing over think­ing what is this guy do­ing here? I’m a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed I wasn’t able to prove it to ev­ery­one there.”

It was a dis­ap­point­ing night, he said.

“We’re on top right now and to stay up there these are points we need.

“We still pulled out one point, but we want to be the best, and if we’re go­ing to be that we have to come out with the points day-in and day-out. We have to find a way to string games to­gether rather than be­ing one or two on and then take a game off. I don’t think our ef­fort was there tonight but, rest as­sured, we’ll be ready to go Satur­day.”

Af­ter an early goal, Austin set­tled down and may be the main rea­son the Petes earned a point.

“Play­ing (Wed­nes­day) at 10:30 in the morn­ing we weren’t re­ally rested for this game,” said Austin.

“I made a mis­take. The whole team made mis­takes. That’s what is go­ing to hap­pen. Tonight just wasn’t our night.

“Let­ting in an early goal is not what you want. But I’ve learned to just put it be­hind me. If it’s in the past, it’s in the past. I can’t go back and fix it, so I just keep push­ing for­ward mak­ing saves.”

CLIF­FORD SKARSTEDT EX­AM­INER

Peter­bor­ough’s Se­myon Der-Ar­guch­int­sev, left, Matt McNa­mara, Tye Austin and De­clan Chisholm re­act to a first-pe­riod goal scored by the Fron­te­nacs’ Zayde Wis­dom, cen­tre, with team­mates Dustin Hut­ton and Shane Wright Thurs­day night at the PMC.

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