First in 7 Years

We begin again in the Peterborough Memorial Centre with the ice crews putting out the good nets, and the boys getting themselves into game mode in the dressing room. Going through all of their game day superstitions getting ready to put on the maroon and white jersey that has truly become part of them.

January 23, 2014 the Sudbury Wolves make the trip south to play our Peterborough Petes. Once again the game starts early with Nick Ritchie getting a high sticking penalty only 11 seconds after the opening face-off. Sudbury would get themselves on the board first at 4:59, but Peterborough will answer back less then 30 seconds later with Anthony Stefano getting the first for the Petes from Steven Lorentz and Josh Maguire. Michael Clarke will give the Petes their first lead of the game at 8:35 from Josh MacDonald and Steven Varga. Less than two minutes later Hunter Garlent will get his first of the night from Nick Ritchie and Eric Cornel; Sudbury will change their goalies from Franky Palazzese to Troy Timpano. Cameron Lizotte will get into a fight with Sudbury’s David Zeppieri. Nick Ritchie will get the Petes on the board once before the end of the first period at 17:38 on a power play goal from Hunter Garlent and Clark Seymour. Anthony Stefano will take a hooking penalty, letting Sudbury score the first goal of the second period at 5:57 Peterborough still leading 4-2. It’ll be a long wait and some hard fought battles until Hunter Garlent will get his second of the game, from Nick Ritchie and Eric Cornel at 17:08. That will end the excitement for the second period, and the third period will start off even more quickly then the first two with Sudbury getting another goal at 3:23 making it 5-3 for the Petes. One from each team Brandon Devlin and Matt Schmatz will both get roughing penalties, at 10:20. Sudbury will take one more stab to try to even up the game making it 5-4; but Peterborough’s Michael Clarke will get an empty net goal at 19:13 from Nick Ritchie and Hunter Garlent. Speaking of him… Hunter Garlent will get his very first hat trick with an unassisted empty net goal at 19:57. SO final score 7-4 Peterborough winning at home once again, 5 games in a row. A record that hasn’t been made for 7 years, that’s something to be really proud of.

Stars of the Game

1. Hunter Garlent 23-PBO
2. Nicholas Baptiste 14-SBY
3. Nick Ritchie 20-PBO

Well Ladies and Gentlemen we make the short trip down HWY115 to play our very most rivals… The Oshawa Generals. The Petes having a slow start letting Oshawa score 3 times in the first period, and as always someone will drop the gloves with the crazy Justice Dundas this time its our captain Connor Boland saying he’s had enough of that crap and taking it into his own hands.. Literally. Second period is much of the same Oshawa scores a power play goal at 9:00 on Hunter Garlent’s Interference on the goaltender penalty. Clark Seymour will get the Petes on the board on a power play goal of our own at 17:48 assists going to Josh MacDonald and Matt Spencer. That will end off the second period. Third period will begin with lots more penalties and Oshawa will score in less than a minute at 15:33 and 16:21. Both being power play goals, Matt McCartney getting a slashing penalty at the same time as the first goal. And that will do it, another win in the books for Oshawa a 6-1 defeat over the Petes. But you know what, they are in town for our Pink in the Rink night and if there were a night to prove to those fools what our team is about that would be the night.

Stars of the Game

1. Mitchell Vande Sompel 58-OSH
2. Daniel Altshuller 33-OSH
3. Michael Dal Colle 71-OSH

Well that will end the winning streak; with a total of five wins in the books it looks to be a very exciting second half of the season. Thanks to the awesome leadership on the ice and in the dressing room, I’m still a proud Peterborough Petes fan and I know the fans in the stands (no rhyme intended haha) will be loyal until the very last game this year.

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.