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