A Photo Finish

Welcome back to the Peterborough Memorial Centre where our Peterborough Petes are taking on the North Bay Battalion tonight for the second last home game in regular season. Last game our Petes clinched a playoff spot but now we are fighting for home ice advantage. Out of the line-up tonight is Cole Fraser (health) and Adam Timleck (inj). Starting in goal for our Petes is going to be Matthew Mancina, on the blue line is Dominik Masin and Matt Spencer, while taking the opening face-off is our Josh’s line is Josh Coyle, Josh Maguire, and Daniel Nikandrov. 

We begin tonights Eastern match-up with captain of the Battalion Mike Amadio winning the opening face-off, but its the Petes who gets in between the passes of the green team. Already a much better start then a couple weeks ago when the Petes were playing in North Bay. The dream team is back together with that line looking as comfortable as ever since the opening of this big 60th season. Steve Lorentz getting the first shot on goal with some nifty stick work in front of North Bay’s goaltender Jake Smith. It will be just 2:41 into the first period when Josh Maguire gets the Petes on the board from Daniel Nikandrov. Another center ice face-off, and the Petes lose again… They aren’t doing too well with the big face-offs at center. Not too many whistles happening just yet, but when Jake Smith covers up for a save. There will be some chatter after the whistle and little tiny bit of pushing and shoving. But the referees will get things settled down. Surprisingly enough, well not THAT surprising if you know the Petes… Anyways, Kyle Jenkins will get the first penalty of the game for “hooking” at 9:47. So the Battalion getting the first power play of the game. This power play is able to get 5 shots on goal during the man advantage, but unable to beat Matthew Mancina. 12:55 into tonights game will give Josh Coyle a “check from behind” penalty, and just after the whistle Josh Maguire and Maurizio Colella will both receive “roughing” penalties. The Josh Coyle penalty will give North Bay their second power play of the game. But North Bay won’t be as lucky with their shots during this man advantage, with Brady Lyle being the only one to record a shot on goal. North Bay draws their first penalty of the game when they are called for a bench minor “too many men” at 14:51 served by Kyle Potts. The Petes getting their first power play of the game now. Hunter Garlent adds to his tally and the scoreboard at 15:58 on the power play from Eric Cornel and Dominik MasinHunter Garlent after his back-to-back hat tricks last weekend gave him OHL Player of the Week! So thats his 7th goal in 3 games now. We’ll keep him! Jonathan Ang getting lots of speed and sorta little bit breakaway but the shot will just catch Jake Smith sending in high above the net. That will do it for the first period sending the Petes to the first intermission with a 2 goal lead.

Our second period is when things start to fall into place at center ice its Steve Lorentz who will win the opening face-off for the middle 20 minutes of play. Head Coach Jody Hull is doing a little bit of line matching tonight by sending out our top checking line of Josh Maguire, Josh Coyle and Daniel Nikandrov with North Bay’s top line. Personally I like it when they keep the same lines together because it builds chemistry as a group. But this second period is when North Bay puts on some more pressure in the Petes end giving Matthew Mancina a chance to show why he was given the start tonight. Its no surprise after the game last month with North Bay destroying the Petes that the gritt and chippiness between the players after the whistle. 6:15 North Bay will get on the board with their captain Mike Amadio getting his 47th of the season to make this a one goal game. I think Matthew Mancina is going to want to have that one back, you can see him shaking his head after that one is said and done. North Bay will get the next shot and Matthew Mancina will look angry to get that one this time. 6:29 Zach Gallant will be called for “boarding”, giving North Bay ANOTHER power play after they just scored. The Petes will do work while killing off the man disadvantage winning the three face-offs during the penalty. Meaning that North Bay doesn’t even record a shot on goal during their power play. North Bay gets a crazy chance in Peterborough’s end when Matthew Mancina gets caught up with players in front of his net. But the puck will stay out of the net. Max Kislinger the Peterborough native but playing for the wrong team will be called for “slashing” at 13:42. The Petes back on the power play only getting 3 shots during that man advantage. So the power play going back to their old habits as the second period is coming to a close. But captain of the Battalion will get his name on the score sheet again this time Mike Amadio is called for “slashing” at 15:59. This time the Petes will register 4 shots on goal between 15:59-18:43. And at 18:43 Kyle Wood will draw a “roughing” penalty. This power play to end the second period will be much of the same, the Petes getting a handful of shots on goal but Jake Smith not allowing anything to cross his goal line. The Petes however during the middle 20 minutes of play will win face-offs 17-7. Thats a pretty good look when they didn’t score any goals.

The third period is going to begin with the Petes still having a 43 seconds on the power play. Hunter Garlent breaking his stick on the opening draw so the Petes will regroup to get things underway. But this man advantage will once again go unused. Not for a lack of trying the boys in maroon and black to work hard to get pucks to the end even once we get back to 5 on 5. The puck is flying all over the place and bodies are flying with it, this being a 1 goal game has taken its toll on the players. It is really playoff style hockey being played at the PMC tonight. 6:03 Zach Poirier will tie up the game for the Battalion. And after that goal it will only be North Bay who will record shots so its only fitting that Zach Shankar will get the Battalion’s first lead of the game at 7:17. That was too quick for comfort. The Petes will get the fire lit under their skates once again when Logan DeNoble will get his 17th of the season at 11:39 from Eric Cornel and Hunter Garlent. Its a tied up game at 3’s with just over 8 minutes left in tonights game. Greg Betzold will get his 40th of the season with the lone assist going to Steve Lorentz at 11:55. If we though North Bay was doing work quickly the Petes goals were 17 seconds apart, and its only fitting that number 17 Greg Betzold himself will get his 40th of the year on that one. The Petes are the ones to put on pressure in the Battalion’s end but Jake Smith is back to his posts. Once the puck gets down to the Petes end we will have a little bit tangled up when Jonathan Ang, Steve Lorentz and Brandon Prophet obviously all in the same jerseys but they will get knotted together and thankfully Matthew Mancina keeps his eye on the puck. But North Bay isn’t giving up, they will be called for “too many men” at 17:55 and served by Justin Brazeau. This happens because head coach Stan Butler will call Jake Smith to the bench but the forward joining the crew is already in the play before Jake Smith is even on the bench. Miscommunication for the Battalion which is very strange for Stan Butler‘s team. 1:18 to go in tonights game and Stan Butler will use his timeout to plan what he wants his team to do in the final minute. 1:08 Jake Smith will be pulled again to have 5 on 5 hockey. But the Petes are just working defensively during these final seconds. Head coach of our Petes Jody Hull will also use his timeout with just under 30 seconds left in the game. And the Petes will be able to pull this one out 4-3.

Stars of the Game

1. Hunter Garlent PBO – (23)
2. Eric Cornel PBO – (10)
3. Jake Smith NB – (1)

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.