Pe­tes still in first over­all af­ter win in Erie

Peter­bor­ough gets 39-save per­for­mance from Jones in vic­tory

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

ERIE, PA. — It wasn’t a per­fect game but the Peter­bor­ough Pe­tes did what they needed to make it a per­fect week­end.

Hunter Jones steered his team through some rough wa­ters un­til it got on track in a 3-1 win over the Erie Ot­ters at Erie In­sur­ance Arena on Satur­day night. It was the Pe­tes’ third win in three nights, keep­ing them two points ahead of the Ot­tawa 67’s, 4-3 win­ners over the Oshawa Gen­er­als ear­lier in the day, for first place in the OHL and East­ern Con­fer­ence.

The Pe­tes (19-6-1-1) im­proved to 9-1-1-1 in their last 12 games and 13-5 on the road, while hand­ing the Ot­ters (11-8-2-6) their third straight loss.

Jones made 39 saves and Zach Gal­lant’s game-win­ning goal is one that will likely find it­self on nu­mer­ous high­light reels.

Pe­tes coach Rob Wil­son ex­pected his team would have to weather an early on­slaught be­cause Erie was rested, while the Pe­tes were play­ing their third game in three nights.

Erie did take it to the Pe­tes early and hit a cross­bar. Max Golod had Jones beat slip­ping a puck through his legs, but it rolled through the crease and out the other side.

The Pe­tes turned the puck over near their own blue line, lead­ing to an odd-man rush where Hay­den Fowler took a shot in the high slot that de­flected off Shawn Spear­ing past Jones bring­ing the Teddy Bears to the ice with 1:19 left in the first pe­riod. It would be the only time they beat Jones.

“We did a good job of weath­er­ing the storm,” said Wil­son. We gave up one in the last two min­utes I wasn’t happy about be­cause it was a goal that could have been pre­vented.

“The shots might not show it, but af­ter the first we were very good. The play­ers played re­ally smart. We changed our tactics and they bought into it.”

The Pe­tes strug­gled to muster much of­fence un­til Brady Hinz ripped a shot off the cross­bar nearly seven min­utes into the se­cond off a re­bound with Ot­ters

goalie Daniel Mur­phy down and out.

Shortly af­ter killing an Ot­ters power play, Pe­tes rookie Tucker Robert­son’s pass led to a threeon-two rush where Se­myon Der-Ar­guch­int­sev dropped a pass to the trailer on the play and Michael Lit­tle snapped the puck top cor­ner to tie it at 10:16.

Gal­lant scored an OHL goalof-the-week can­di­date while short-handed 1:15 later for a sud­den Pe­tes lead. Gal­lant was knocked down while driv­ing to the net and while slid­ing on his back­side, and with only one hand on his stick, he stick­han­dled the puck past Mur­phy. Gal­lant scored in all three week­end games, has scored in four straight games and ex­tended his points streak to seven games.

“It’s more a re­ac­tion,” said Gal­lant. “You don’t think too much in sit­u­a­tions like that. It’s more in­stinct.”

“It was good,” said Wil­son, “but it was ex­tra ef­fort that made that goal more than any­thing else.”

Jones made 15 third-pe­riod saves to pre­serve the win, his league lead­ing 17th.

“He’s been re­ally good this year,” said Gal­lant. “I have no doubt he’ll get an in­vite to the world ju­niors (on Mon­day) and have a good shot to make that team.”

Ma­son McTav­ish’s 15th goal of the season added in­sur­ance with 10:48 left. Robert­son picked up his se­cond as­sist feed­ing McTav­ish who ripped a shot in the right side just be­fore the net was knocked off its moor­ings.

The Pe­tes will host Ryan Merkley and the Lon­don Knights at 7:05 p.m. Thurs­day on Teddy Bear Toss Night at the PMC.

NOTES: The Pe­tes iced the same lineup for a third straight game with Nick Robert­son (fin­ger) and Chad De­nault (num­bers) side­lined … The three stars were 1. Hunter Jones (P); 2. Michael Lit­tle (P); 3. Hay­den Fowler (E).

GREG WOHLFORD/ERIE TIMES-NEWS

Peter­bor­ough Pe­tes for­ward Zach Gal­lant looks to pass against the Erie Ot­ters in the first pe­riod at Erie In­sur­ance Arena in Erie on Satur­day.

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