WWW Tying Up New Laces

Remember that new thing the Petes are trying in the New Year again? There is some very solid deja vu going on right now, I’m just hoping we aren’t starting a winning streak just a little to late this season. Because seriously, if anyone says that the Peterborough Petes aren’t making playoffs this year… They can leave, get the heck out. Seriously.

A very exciting game happening at the Peterborough Memorial Centre Thursday January 16th, 2014 when the Mississauga Steelheads are in town. Former Peterborough Pete for a total of three seasons, wearing maroon and white for 54 games makes his debut in blue. With that being said puck drops and the game begins. Brandon Devlin making his presence early once again scoring just 4:42 into the game, assist going to newbie Hunter Garlent. Mississauga takes a “too many men” penalty allowing Brandon Devlin to return the favour with a pass to Hunter Garlent scoring at an almost even 10:01. Mississauga will take two more penalties before Peterborough’s Eric Cornel gets tossed in the box for cross checking, and then Josh Maguire for slashing both times our penalty kill squad were able to kill off the one man disadvantage. But then Josh MacDonald will take a slashing penalty allowing Mississauga to come within one goal of our lead. After the first intermission you know how competitive our boys are Eric Cornel decides to beat Brandon Devlin scoring just 49 seconds into the second period, Hunter Garlent getting his second assist of the night, and Jonatan Tanus getting his first. Mississauga will come within one goal to tying up the game at 5:54. But Anthony Stefano says no way to that putting the puck behind Spencer Martin of Mississauga, Josh Maguire and Steven Lorentz will be written for assists on that goal. AND THEN Nelson Armstrong will score at 16:23 making it 5-2 for the Petes assists going to Greg Betzold and Michael Clarke. Mississauga will take one last chance to get up in the game scoring once more before the buzzer goes for the second intermission. Third period begins with Josh MacDonald taking a slashing penalty 7:02, letting Mississauga getting a power play goal coming once again within one goal of tying the game. Brandon Devlin will take a check to the head penalty 7:59, Steven Lorentz gets a check from behind penalty at 9:43, AND THENNN Connor Boland will get a high sticking penalty at 9:49… So, four penalties in a row. But our penalty kill was able to fight off all of them. Mississauga will take another penalty, but Peterborough won’t be able to get any more pucks between the posts. So the Peterborough Petes will beat the Mississauga Steelheads 5-4 second game in a row for the Petes.

Stars of the Game

1. Hunter Garlent 23-PBO
2. Brandon Devlin 6-PBO
3. Andrew D’Agostini 30-PBO

Now, Friday has come and gone much to be over with. Now, Saturday is here and we are back at the Peterborough Memorial Centre taking on the Sarnia Sting. Official start time is 7:11 (Too bad that store is now boarded up and gone from Peterborough!!) Sarnia’s Anthony DeAngelo will take a slashing penalty, at 6:17 and Nick Ritchie will get into some trouble and take a roughing penalty at the same time. Nelson Armstrong will get a cross checking penalty at 12:27 for the last one of the period. Now the real excitement starts, Greg Betzold will get the Petes on the board first from Josh MacDonald at 16:19 but Sarnia will answer that goal with 2 of their own before the end of the first period. After the first intermission Josh MacDonald will get a hooking penalty 5:09, and one of our young guns Anthony Stefano will get a short handed goal from Nelson Armstrong and Michael Clarke at 6:26. Eric Cornel will get the Petes back in a one-goal lead at 9:32 from Nick Ritchie and Hunter Garlent. That top line is a dangerous one, great work by Mike Oke to put that one together through the trade deadline. Sarnia will get the game back to a tie at 10:00 even into the second period left. Halfway through the game and the score is tied at 3-3, Sarnia will give Peterborough another chance to restore the lead taking a tripping penalty. But Peterborough won’t get a Power Play goal until Michael Clarke puts it between the posts from Nick Ritchie and Nelson Armstrong at 17:13. At the very same time Nickolas Latta of Sarnia will get tossed from the game for abuse of the Officials he had way too much to say. And with that we end the second period, 4-3 for the Peterborough Petes with just 20 minutes left to play what else could happen. Jonatan Tanus will start out the third period getting a goal from Michael Clarke and Nelson Armstrong at 1:48 making it 5-3. Sarnia will try to get back in the game at 6:33 scoring their 4th goal, but then will take the 3 penalties in the third period. Hunter Garlent will get the Petes lead even greater from Eric Cornel at 15:23. Anthony Stefano will get the puck from Jonatan Tanus at 15:48 and put the 7th goal behind the Sting’s goaltender. That goal will go up the instant reply cameras and be approved by the officials. 7-4 is the final score of the game, and the Petes will come out with their third win in a row.

Stars of the Game

1. Anthony Stefano 7-PBO
2. Michael Clarke 25-PBO
3. Nelson Armstrong 22-PBO

Now with an early curfew Saturday evening the boys take an early bus ride to the Canadian Tire Centre to face the Ottawa 67’s also in the Eastern Division. Ottawa will start out the game strong scoring just 4:01 into the first period, but Peterborough will answer back from Hunter Garlent scoring from Matt Spencer and Nick Ritchie at 12:52. Jonatan Tanus will then make a major check to the head getting a game misconduct at 13:59. But Josh MacDonald will get the puck from Greg Betzold and Nick Ritchie with just two seconds left in the first period to give Peterborough their first lead of the game; 2-1 going into the first intermission. Second period will start out with the same energy that they finished with Eric Cornel will score his 17th of the season from Hunter Garlent and Nick Ritchie just 41 seconds into the second period. But Ottawa will answer that goal with one of their own 1:52 to make it 3-2 for Peterborough. Eric Cornel will make the score just a little bit higher at 4:27 with Nick Ritchie getting his 3rd assist of the game, and Hunter Garlent getting his 2nd assist of the game. Nick Ritchie will get his name on the score sheet again but this time for roughing at 5:25. Ottawa will get their third goal of the night during Nick Ritchie’s penalty, all happening right before Nelson Armstrong will drop the gloves with Brendan Bell. Steven Lorentz and Anthony Stefano will each get penalties of their own before the end of the second period. Opening up the third period Josh MacDonald will get his second of the game from Michael Clarke at 1:47. Hunter Garlent will then get his second of the game soon after at 6:07 from Eric Cornel. Cameron Lizotte will then get a check from behind penalty allowing Ottawa to get one more goal before the end of the third. But Ottawa will give us one more chance to get another one on the board and Josh MacDonald will take full advantage of that getting his third goal of the game. With just 48 seconds left in the game. Final score being 7-4 another win in the books for the Peterborough Petes.

Stars of the Game

1. Eric Cornel 10-PBO
2. Josh MacDonald 9-PBO
3. Ryan Van Stralen 8-OTT

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.

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