Attacking the Battle Lion

Ladies & Gentlemen let me welcome you to the new look of the Peterborough Petes, our new faces and our old news have all come to an end. We now have our finals cuts over with, our trades in the past, and some new faces in the forefront. Now, Saturday January 11th brings the North Bay Battalion to the Peterborough Memorial Centre for an official puck drop at 7:11.

Puck drops, face off is won by the Petes and our starting line goes to work with Eric Cornel lighting up the PMC in front of 3024. Exactly 1 minute into the game Eric Cornel gets the puck from Matt Spencer and Nick Ritchie to put it behind the goaltender of the newest team in the league. 11 minutes and 33 seconds after at 12:33 into the game Eric Cornel will light up the arena again scoring for a second time this time with assists going to Nelson Armstrong and Steven Lorentz. Just 1 minute and 8 seconds after that goal Anthony Stefano will score another goal making it 3-0 assists being awarded to Matt McCartney and Mitchell Webb. Mitchell Webb scoring his very first Ontario Hockey League point. Our newest Pete Hunter Garlent will take the first and only penalty in the first period for holding. Which was a bull crap call, but our mighty maroon and white are able to kill that penalty. And with that we conclude our first period, with an intermission under their belts and some well-deserved rest in the dressing room. Lets the games begin again, second period under way and oddly enough North Bay will score just 1:13 into the period. Where was that all first period? Haha. But Nick Ritchie says not going to happen to that and scores the Petes 4th goal with assists being awarded to the rest of the 1st offensive line Hunter Garlent and Eric Cornel. Anthony Stefano will take a tripping penalty 9:38 into the second period, and the Petes are able to fight that off without allowing North Bay to catch up any closer. Next it will be North Bay’s turn to sit in the box, and the Petes will be able to use that penalty to their advantage. Clark Seymour will score the power play goal from Eric Cornel (His fourth point of the night, good for him) and Josh MacDonald. With those being the only two penalties in the second period, our fresh new face Hunter Garlent will score his 9th goal of the season but first goal wearing the maroon and white jersey. Eric Cornel will get his fifth point of the night getting an assist on that goal as well as Nick Ritchie getting his third point of the night for the second assist. Now ladies and gentleman, can you sit still long enough for the final twenty minutes to come to a close? Or will you be one of the people who leave early to beat the traffic. Myself not being one to leave early, not only because I work at the games but also because I love watching this team play passionately about hockey. Second intermission is over; the final 20 minutes are about to begin. With a little bit of energy left in their legs, Peterborough will go scoreless in the final period. North Bay will get their second of the night. With Steven Lorentz (my pick always for getting the opening goal.. someday that will work for me) will take a hooking penalty. As well as Clark Seymour getting fed up with Matthew Santos they droop the gloves 16:39 into the third period.

With North Bay out shooting the Petes 43-24 our mighty maroon and white will come out on top this week winning a clearly awesome game of 6-2. Andrew D’Agostini having an amazing game, there should be a highlight reel of just his saves. Eric Cornel coming out with a +3 +/- getting 2 goals and 3 assists. The boys are back playing how they are meant to be seen, here’s hoping that we didn’t start too late again this year. Cheers to that!

Stars of the Game

1. Eric Cornel 10-PBO
2. Nick Ritchie 20-PBO
3. Hunter Garlent 23-PBO

Born and raised in Peterborough Ontario Jessica van Staalduinen never would have imagined her career plans to be a professional sports photographer. In her early years she was known as the common “girly girl” and would have nothing to do with sports. Once Jessica’s brother and sister persuaded her to join the volleyball team, her mind was opened to the world of sports. Hockey was never one of her favourites, there was many times that she got into a lot of trouble because of teasing her sister about the wonderful world of ice hockey.

Since her mind was set on being a photographer in the beginning of grade 12 she took it upon herself to contact the local OHL team’s photographer. Jessica’s reasoning for that was like any common girl; she became friends with a player on the team. She assumed that they must have a professional photographer at games, so therefore she took interest in shooting at a few games. After meeting with Ken Andersen (Peterborough Petes Professional Photographer/Getty Images) they had built quite a strong bond that lead to Jessica capturing almost every home game for the second half of the boys 2011-2012 season.

From now on Jessica calls the Peterborough Petes OHL team her team, because once you find something that you love there is nothing that should stand in your way. Her knowledge for the team and understanding of what they are going through will be shown throughout all of the posts. The Peterborough Petes have gone through many changes since the beginning of her first season; from firing the GM, new head coaches, players asking for trades, and once the trade deadline came around they got a new face to the team.