Pink in the Rink: fights glore

Thursday February 6th 2014 the Peterborough Petes host the Oshawa Generals for the fifth annual Pink in the Rink night at the Peterborough Memorial Centre. A very emotional opening ceremony, and an even very exciting game ahead. John & Courtney Druce are this years Honourary Chair people, with the theme being “Daddy’s Girls”.

We start off this evening at 7:16pm in front of a big crowd of 2830 fans in the stands (no rhyme intended!). Be prepared for a lot of video links in this post!

9 minutes after the opening face off our game begins with Hunter Garlent and Scott Laughton dropping the gloves for the first fight of the game.

Next we have Josh Brown of Oshawa getting a failure to clear zone penalty at 9:17. From Oshawa at 9:17 Hunter Smith will drop the gloves with Nick Ritchie (ripping apart Ritchie’s beautiful jersey might I add). So Hunter Smith will get 2 minutes for instigator, 5 minutes for fighting, Misc-Instigating ejected from the game. Nick Ritchie gets cross checking 2 minutes, Fight-Inst. Upon 5 minutes, and Misc-USC ejected from the game… As well as a ripped up jersey. After lots of banter from both sides and the assistant coach of Oshawa getting a talking to; we get players back on the ice looking to play some real hockey again when Justice Dundas the mouth piece of Oshawa and veteran Clark Seymour will drop the gloves and go at it before the play even begins. Justice Dundas gets a 5 mins fighting, game misc-second fight and ejected from the game. Clark Seymour gets a fighting 5-minute penalty and a game misc-second fight and as well ejected from the game. You can see Clark Seymour going off the ice and Nick Ritchie is up at the glass watching. These boys are crazy, and this rivalry is deadly.

Back to the ice we go for maybe some actual hockey to be played? Here’s hoping! 10:47 another pair of penalties will be given one going to Josh Sterk of Oshawa for roughing 2 minutes and one going to Josh Maguire of Peterborough for crossing checking another 2 minutes as well. Now onto some 4 on 4 hockey for 2 minutes taking us to 12:47 where the real hockey will take place again the boys fighting hard trying to get that opening goal first during this Pink in the Rink night! Brandon Devlin will unfortunately take a holding penalty at 19:56, allowing Oshawa to get the first goal of the game just 3 seconds after the penalty at 19:59. So first intermission is upon us and I have a feeling that many fans will stay in their seats not wanting to miss a minute of the action. Second period begins with Cole Cassels of Oshawa and Eric Cornel of Peterborough 1:01 minutes after puck drop. Each player getting 5 minutes for fighting, Eric Cornel now joining Nick Ritchie in the box for some company.

At 2:18 in the second period Matt McCartney of Peterborough will go after Michael Dal Colle of Oshawa trying to pick a fight but captain of Oshawa Josh Brown will come from behind and grab Matt McCartney causing a lot of roughing happening near the Petes bench. But that won’t be all; Andrew D’Agostini of the Peterborough Petes a 5th year player and Daniel Altshuller of Oshawa will meet in center ice and drop the blocker/glove as well as removing their helmets to have a goalie fight at center ice. That is one thing I have never seen before and I am so upset that I missed out on this. So penalties include Daniel Altshuller getting 2 minutes for leaving the crease, 5 minutes for fighting, game misconduct, and a game misc-helmet for taking off his helmet. Andrew D’Agostini will get 2 minutes for leaving the crease, 5 minutes for fighting, a game misconduct, and a game misc-helmet for taking off his new helmet to fight. Josh Brown will get 4 minutes for roughing, 2 of the minutes being a Peterborough power play. Matt McCartney gets 2 minutes for roughing as well.

Since both goalies got ejected from the game we find Jason Da Silva taking the ice in the Petes jersey for the very first time since the trade. While Ken Appleby of Oshawa will take the net in the other end as well. Now back to hockey we go, I wonder how long it took the refs to find the puck… Because that probably wasn’t on their minds for a solid 10 minutes of penalties being given. Oshawa will get a short-handed goal at 2:32 making it 2-0 for the red team. At 3:45 Greg Betzold will get a high sticking penalty putting Oshawa on the Power Play. Oshawa using that power play to their advantage making it 3-0 just 5 minutes into the second period. At 10:53 in the second period off a face off in the Peterborough end Josh Maguire will create quite possibly the best fight of the entire game against Jacob Busch; both of them getting 5 minutes for fighting. And Josh being sent to the dressing room for the “knock-out” punch I’m assuming.

13:05 in the second period Scott Laughton takes a roughing penalty for checking Josh MacDonald into the boards behind the Oshawa net. While Josh MacDonald looks to make things interesting; Colin Suellentrop will take the bait and get into the fight with Josh MacDonald. Colin Suellentrop gets 2 minutes for being the instigator, 5 minutes for fighting, and a misc-instigating penalty. While Josh MacDonald will get 2 minutes for roughing, and 5 minutes for fight-Inst. upon.

Oshawa will take a slashing penalty at 16:12 giving Peterborough the Power Play opportunity, which is ineffective for our boys. But Steven Varga will get a beautiful goal from Eric Cornel and Nick Ritchie at 19:09 in the second period putting Peterborough on the board. That will be the end for the second period, giving the boys a much-needed break and talking to during the intermission. We take to the ice again with the final 20 minutes of play left in the game, Oshawa leading the scoreboard 3-1. Third period begins with Josh MacDonald getting the Petes on the board again just 1:33 into the period, from Nelson Armstrong and Michael Clarke. Captain Connor Boland will tie up the game at 2:16 from Steven Varga and the kid himself Steven Lorentz. With only three penalties being given out in the third period, two going Oshawa and one to Brandon Devlin of Peterborough for hooking; three power plays none of which are used for the game winning goal. Overtime also solves nothing, so for our two new goaltenders both being back up goalies they are now faced with the real pressure… A shootout.

Peterborough Shoots first!

PBO: Nick Ritchie 20 – GOAL 
OSH: Scott Laughton 21- GOAL 

PBO: Greg Betzold 17 – GOAL 
OSH: Josh Sterk 20 – NO GOAL 

PBO: Josh MacDonald 9 – GOAL

And there you have it folks, Peterborough takes a 4-3 win over Oshawa during our fifth annual Pink in the Rink night! What a hard fought game by both teams, coming down to the very bitter end… Our mighty maroon and white will take this one graciously with a proud smile on their faces.

Stars of the Game

1. Josh MacDonald 9-PBO
2. Scott Laughton 21-OSH
3. Michael Clarke 25-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.