Game Day Decision

We are back at the cold stuff and in a colder part of Ontario as well this afternoon with our Peterborough Petes taking on the North Bay Battalion. Out of the line-up this afternoon is going to be Steve Lorentz (sups), and Nick Grima (healthy). Now to the more important things is the starters for todays game, in between the pipes are going to be Dylan Wells, on the blue line is Brandon Prophet and Dominik Masin, while taking the opening face-off will be the Josh’s Josh Maguire, Josh Coyle, and Daniel Nikandrov. 

Our opening period begins with both teams making this look like a playoff atmosphere in North Bay Memorial Gardens. But for the first little while, not too many whistles but lots of skating and only a few shots steered away. Kyle Potts will be called for “tripping” at 3:17. Sending the Petes to the first power play of the game, and as of late we all know that the power play squad in the mighty maroon and cream is looking a lot stronger. The second PP squad on the ice now and Dylan Wells actually doing his job in the Petes end of the ice while both teams are battling for the puck. This opening power play will go unused, but as the second tick down Mike Amadio will get a break away and lucky for us will fan on the shot but unlucky for Dylan Wells who is absolutely covered in snow. Back to 5 on 5 hockey, Brett Hargrave will open the scoring for the North Bay Battalion at  5:40. Lets shake that one off, and get back to what we were getting to during the man advantage. Lots of people being kicked out of face-offs this afternoon, and Dylan Wells looking more awake now being the active goaltender that he is. Hunter Garlent will get a beautiful chance on Jake Smith the North Bay goaltender but the puck will go too high. Bodies starting to fly all over the place, action happening in front of the Battalion net and I think two Petes players go down into the ice. But nothing will come of that excitement, we head back to play. With the Petes starting to put on more pressure and get even more pucks in front of the net. Cole Fraser will be called for “cross checking” at 8:36. Giving North Bay their first power play of the game, meaning that the Petes are faced with their first penalty kill in this afternoon’s match-up. Jonathan Ang gets the best chance while this penalty is going on but his shot will be blocked. Dylan Wells looking more like himself making a huge save while the penalty kill winds down. 5 on 5 once again, and the Petes keeping the puck on their sticks more now and trying to get the sloppiness under control. Just after the first period tv timeout, we are going to have an injury to North Bay’s Daniil Vertiy who will need help to get off the ice, hopefully he is okay. No calls on the play, just an awkward landing into the boards. The Petes back at the Battalion end of the ice and they are doing fantastically at keeping the puck into the green end. North Bay’s captain wins the face off and Mike Amadio will get the puck in the back of the net at 13:24 making this a 2-0 game for the bad guys. Petes getting more shots on goal and looking more dangerous as we near the end of the first period. Jonathan Ang wins the face-off to Dylan Wells glove side, and able to do a huge lead pass but North Bay will be able get the puck back to the Petes end. Adam Timleck is going to block a shot and able to carry the puck down with him, Greg Betzold on his side and HUGE 2 on 1. Meaning that the Petes are now in the this game Greg Betzold getting his 35th of the season with Adam Timleck getting the assist at 16:35. Only trailing by one the Petes are more in this game then I have seen the whole time. The boys are looking fantastic right now, and working together really well. I guess with them staying over night after Sudbury’s game on Friday and spending some team bonding time together all day yesterday before getting ready for today’s game. Greg Betzold getting another huge chance but unable to find the back of the net before the buzzer will buzz for the end of the first period.

Heading into the second period now, and the Petes looking to continue their domination of puck protection. The Petes early on are able to do that, with this looking like the Petes are almost on a man advantage. But Petes are left out in front of the Battalion net, but Jake Smith able to find the puck. That “top” line will be able to get another 3 shots on goal before Jake Smith is able to cover up the puck and draw a whistle. Jonathan Ang is going to be called for “interference” penalty at 3:07. The Petes back on the penalty kill, and Dylan Wells being faced early on having to keep his team in this afternoon’s game. Lots of face-offs in the Petes end while killing off the first penalty of the second period. Meaning that Dylan Wells is making lots of saves, and the boys actually able to clear the puck completely a few times during the man disadvantage. Back to 5 on 5 hockey now, and the a deja vu from the first period with Zach Poirier getting credit for the North Bay’s 3rd goal at 6:22. So the Petes now back at the focus of getting pucks to the Battalion net and getting puck deep in. Petes looking to respond and with the “top” line back out on the ice, its Eric Cornel who gets the credit for the goal that gets Petes back into the game from Dominik Masin and Hunter Garlent at 8:07. Now once again a 1 goal hockey game, and the playoff feel of this afternoon’s game looks a LOT like what could be happening soon. Its a back and forth game between the mighty maroon and cream and the green and gold teams. Matt Spencer will get an unfortunate call sending him to the sin bin for “checking from behind” at 12:06. And the Petes going back to the penalty kill for a second time in this middle 20 minutes of play, this time however Dylan Wells is doing what he does best which is tracking the puck so well and keeping it out of his net. Daniil Vertiy will not return to the Battalion’s line-up in tonights game. But now its Brandon Prophet who will be called at 13:30 for “delay of game”. 26 seconds its a 5 on 3, and its Mike Amadio who will go bardown and regain the green team’s two goal lead at 14:04. So Matt Spencer is out of the box and the Petes are continuing the penalty kill. That penalty kill won’t be so lucky with Maurizio Colella getting North Bay’s 5th of the night at 15:32. So its 5 on 5 hockey again, finally with the Petes trying to get back into the game and getting themselves in front of the green net. My little engine that could is in the right spot at the right time Adam Timleck getting right back into the tilt at 16:59 with Jonathan Ang and Greg Petzold getting the assits.We will have a pair of penalties now 19:14 Adam Timleck and Zach Shankar both getting 2 minutes for “roughing”. And at 20:00 Brandon Prophet and Riley Bruce both getting “roughing” at well.

Its time for the third and hopefully the final period where we continue the 4 on 4 hockey. The Battalion add to their score with Max Kislinger getting their 6th of the game at 1:43. So the Petes really need to get back into the game now, and get so many more pucks to the net in the green side of the ice. In the Battalion end the Petes get so close to a chance to score, but those green jerseys just keep getting in the way. The boys in maroon looking like they actually do want to keep playing. UGHAHOAHOUEHRBGORBGOJVALDJVALDVBAEYYAERRRRGGGGGGHHHHHH. Literally me screaming at the tv. Matt Santos a harmless shot SOMEHOW will find the back of the net at 5:53. Honestly, what on earth is happening. These boys need to get back into the game. SOON. Like 5 minutes ago soon. So what is happening on the ice you ask? Its Dylan Wells being faced with so many more shots than he should be, I don’t know what it is but the defensemen just aren’t blocking shots like they should be. And with that said its Max Kislinger who will get his second of the game at 7:18. Eric Cornel will carry the puck into North Bay’s zone and able to actually get a good shot on goal but will put it right into the chest of Jake SmithDaniel Nikandrov and Zach Shankar will drop the gloves after some cross checks are given, but there won’t be very many punches thrown because both players will have their arms tied up in each other’s jersey. They will both go to the sin bin for “fighting” for 5 minutes. We will finally get a penalty in the third period when David Sherman is called for “high sticking” at 11:39. But that power play will once again go unused. So back to 5 on 5 hockey with the clock winding down and the Petes not being able to beat Jake Smith. Unlike Dylan Wells who will get beat again when Matt Santos gets a real shot on goal sending the score 9-3 at 14:55. And Josh Coyle is going to have a little fight with his stick on the bench and literally snap it in half, pretty sure that’s going to be a team fine… I literally want to give up writing right now. Zach Gallant is going to get his name on the score sheet, for a “high sticking” penalty at 18:24. Sending the team who is now scored 4 goals in the third period onto the power play. Finally this train wreck is over and the Battalion will obviously win 9-3.

Stars of the Game

1. Mike Amadio NB – (18)
2. Max Kislinger NB – (21)
3. Matt Santos NB – (26)

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.