They’re going to Spit Fire

Hello to my Peterborough Petes family on this Family Day match-up at the Peterborough Memorial Centre afternoon game. Today the Petes are taking on the Windsor Spitfires, for a game that is meant to bring family together and put smiles on the Petes family faces. Out of the line-up tonight, its still Steve Lorentz (sups) and Cole Fraser (healthy). While starting in the mighty maroon and black today will be Matthew Mancina in between the pipes, Brandon Prophet and Dominik Masin on the defensive blueline, and taking the opening face-off will be Josh Maguire, Josh Coyle, and Daniel Nikandrov.

First period underway now and its the Petes who will get the puck into Windsor’s end first, that will be more than short lived but the starting forwards for the Petes this afternoon who won’t like that. Early on this game has already been looking at line matching between the two teams, its kind of interesting to see because its not very often that head coach Jody Hull that will be doing the line matching against the other team. But it will be Windsor who will be putting on early pressure facing Matthew Mancina with some trisky shots. It will also be Windsor who will get on the board first at 3:46 with Luke Boka getting credit for that goal. If you blink in the up coming seconds then you probably will miss it; Brendan Lemieux will get the Spitfires a 2 goal lead at 4:02. I dunno what re-game juice Windsor had that Peterborough didn’t, but geeze the Petes need to be getting some of that. That bitter taste will be the fire for Hunter Garlent to get the Petes on the board from Eric Cornel and Logan DeNoble at 4:33. The Petes getting another beautiful chance after they score, but holy jeepers if you can see the puck right now you must have laser vision. Windsor is a pretty big team, and by that I mean that there is a chance that 4 of their 5 guys on the ice at one time could be over 6 feet. When you look at the Petes bench, then its the complete opposite of what us Petes fans are used to. Its Jalen Chatfield who will get the first penalty of the game for “cross checking” at 7:38. The first power play unit is going to be what we would usually call our second unit, and that line itself has changed lots over the season. Its Zach Gallant who is made his way up to that line while still trying to find his first OHL goal. The power play however isn’t really working too great at all, as we all know. Just like that its Kyle Jenkins who is called for “tripping” at 9:11. Windsor is going to come up with a shortened power play as we reach the halfway mark in the opening period. Things settle down in this afternoon match-up after our tv timeout. Lots of skating happening and lots of referees getting in the way of moving with the puck. But nothing you can really do about that nowadays. So Matthew Mancina is being tested a bunch but looking at lot stronger then the first 4 minutes. Bradley Latour is called for “tripping” at 14:50. Petes going back on the power play now the boys need to get something going. Nothing will come of that man advantage, so we are back to 5 on 5 hockey now. But Logan Brown is called for “check to the head” at 17:19. Petes back on the power play now and although the boys are getting good chances they aren’t really able to get pucks to the net. That will do it for the first period the score still in favour of the Spitfires 2-1.

Into the second period now we get to see what speech head coach Jody Hull has given them in the first intermission. The Petes being dead last in the stats on the power play and on the penalty kill. Its tough knowing that coming into games, and there doesn’t really seem to be a good reason into why this is happening. Back to action now the boys are into playing a defensive game once again. Matthew Mancina being faced with early shots once again but looking calm blocking and stopping the puck from entering his net again. Mario Culina the Windsor goaltender is giving up so many juicy rebounds this afternoon, that it is insane how the Petes aren’t able to capitalize. I just don’t know how they can’t be finding those pucks on their own sticks to score. The Petes are doing better at getting passes to each other and completing their jobs now. 9:56 into the second period its Christiano DiGiacinto who will be called for “hooking”, giving the Petes another power play. This power play needs to get something on the board now trying to get the stats up. Although its not short for trying the Petes power play at the midway point in the second period will also come up short. Its Adam Timleck who will grab a puck in open ice and have a great burst of speed getting the Petes back into tonights game at 12:10. Its now a 2-2 hockey game with the energy not being lost on the ice tonight. Hunter Garlent is going to go end to end and get the Petes their first lead in this afternoon’s game at 13:31 from Eric Cornel and Logan DeNoble. But just a minute afterwards its Brendan Lemieux who will make this a tied game once again at 14:31. Windsor will get control of the puck and put on more pressure on Matthew Mancina who makes some nifty saves. Gabriel Vilardi is going to get a questionable call for “interference on goaltender” at 15:49. The Petes getting ANOTHER power play now, and we’ll see how this one goes. Greg Betzold will get the Petes a power play goal with his 32nd of the year cellying from the ground at 16:35 from Kyle Jenkins and Jonathan Ang. Josh Maguire is going to be called for a “cross checking” penalty, while Brendan Lemieux will be called for a “diving” penalty at 17:55. A penalty that isn’t called very often, but one that I’m sure the Petes will appreciate on their end. And that will do it for the second period in this afternoon’s match-up.

Its time for the third period with the Petes still riding on the high of their 4-3 lead. Christian Fischer will get this to another tied up game at 3:28. So with the first 3 minutes of this period were next to nothing happening and not many whistles. But all it takes is one shot to get this game into more of a nail biter. Windsor is another dangerous team because they just get the puck to the net so often whenever they are inside their opposing blueline. The Petes taking their time which they shouldn’t breaking out into the Windsor end of the ice now, with the clock going down. But Brendan Lemieux will go face first into the boards just an awkward fall and an even worse bounce into the boards for him. But the Windsor trainer will need to come out to assist him probably because there is blood down his face when he does finally get up and get to the bench. But no calls were made because it was just an awkward everything. Back to the action and the physical game not really as intense as it was before, probably because nobody wants to be in the penalty box anymore in this tight match-up. Its Greg Betzold who will get the Petes back in the lead at 15:50, from Jonathan Ang. The Petes are back in the lead after a big GO Petes GO cheer booming throughout the packed PMC tonight. But of course the Petes will get back to their old habits this time its Josh Coyle who will be called for “slashing” at 16:54. And then Brandon Prophet who is a pretty disciplined player will be called for “delay of game” when he shoots the puck out of play at 17:02. The Spitfires have a 5 on 3 now, and at 17:40 its Christian Fischer who will send this game to overtime.

The 3 on 3 overtime will begin and Windsor will win the face-off. But the Petes will be able to get the puck out of their zone and make some plays in the Spitfires end. After the whistle Eric Cornel is going to be cross checked but the referees won’t call anything on that one. Its a busy ice even though there are minimum players on the ice in the extra time. The Spitfires will finally get a call with Connor Chatham will be called for “boarding” at 1:57. The Petes going to the power play now, and head coach Jody Hull with 3:03 left in overtime will use his timeout to plan something. That plan will work with Dominik Masin winning the game at 2:49 from Hunter Garlent and Eric Cornel.

Stars of the Game

1. Greg Betzold PBO – (17)
2. Hunter Garlent PBO – (23)
3. Christian Fischer WSR – (19)

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.