A Packed House

We are back at the Peterborough Memorial Centre for the final home game of the big 60th season with a even BIGGER rivalry game because there is two former Peterborough Petes players coming back with the Barrie Colts. In front of the closet that we have been to a sold out crowd this season Cameron Lizotte and Anthony Stefano are back in blue at the PMC. The starters for tonights match up will be Matthew Mancina in net for the good guys, Brandon Prophet starting against his former team and joining him is Kyle Jenkins on the blue line, with this being the final home game in regular season there is a presentation to commend the Overage Players for this season so it’s only fitting that taking the opening face off is Daniel Nikadrov, Hunter Garlent and Greg Betzold.

Our first period begins with the newest OA added to the team Daniel Nikadrov winning the opening face-off, but that luck will run out fast. Dylan Sadowy will get the opening goal at 2:18 against Matthew MancinaThat was quick… But thats how hockey is played and after that first goal Matthew Mancina is being a little cautious not to let the puck bounce out in front of him again. The rookie line out on the ice now and they are trying to get some work done, those rookies are starting to get some gritt on the ice. The referees tonight are being cautious because of President of the CHL David Branch is in the building tonight. I made the joke that he was not only here for the opening ceremonies but to keep the peace between the two teams and this new rivalry. But the Petes looking to fight back and its Jonathan Ang who is able to keep the puck on his stick with 3 Barrie players around him on the boards. 2:21 left in the first period Giordano Finoro will knock the puck into the net above the height of everyone’s helmets so thats a NO GOAL for it was played with a high stick. It won’t be until 19:43 that we will add something to the scoresheet, but its the boys in blue again with Greg DiTomaso who gets Barrie’s 2nd of the night.

Time now for the second period and the Petes looking like they got the inspiring Jody Hull intermission speech. But now that the Petes are fighting back and trying to get themselves on the board the game is getting more interesting. Barrie on the other hand isn’t giving up and playing their game trying to win this match-up tonight. Matthew Mancina looking like he has gotten his groove back in the middle 20 minutes of play, he’s able to keep it out as we near the middle point in tonights game. But before we get too ahead of ourselves we can’t forget about the excitement of Daniel Nikandrov the overage player for the good guys will get Petes on the board at 9:25, with the assists going to the Josh’s Josh Coyle and Josh Maguire. So the Petes are finally in the game, and looking like that’s just the start. With lots of shots on both sides of the ice now and lots of minutes counting down on the clock. Barrie will think that they have regained their 2 goal lead with 6:04 left in the period, Andrew Mangiapane is called for kicking the puck in the net, so NO GOAL. Barrie is going to take the first penalty of the game at 16:24 with Ben Hawerchuk being called for “tripping” So the Petes get the power play now, and the boys are looking to make some magic. With some shots on goal helping them but nothing getting past David Ovsjannikov. That man advantage will go unused. And before we close out the second period Brandon Prophet will get a “roughing” penalty at 19:21.

The third and final period is now here, the Colts still leading this one 2-1 with they two goals in the first period. But since then Matthew Mancina is stopping all the pucks coming at him, even with his face when then game had to be stopped for his mask to be taped back together! Barrie keeping the pressure on early but the Petes not giving up and still have the fire under their skates. Greg Betzold gets his 42nd of the season from Kyle Jenkins and Eric Cornel at 2:10. Its a tied up hockey game, and the good guys in maroon look like they want this more than ever now. Steve Lorentz will have a break away to the net and have a beautiful chance but is hauled down by Cameron Lizotte. So it will be Cameron Lizotte who will go to the sin bin he has become so comfortable with for “tripping” at 3:47. So the Petes power play is on the ice now and it won’t take long for Jonathan Ang to get the Petes their first lead of the game at 3:56 from Dominik Masin and Logan DeNoble. This game is all Petes now and the boys in maroon and shooting left right and center! 11:04 Barrie’s Kody Gagnon will be called for “high sticking”, sending the Petes back onto the power play. But at 11:22 Justin Scott with the Colts is called for “tripping”. So the Petes have a 5 on 3 for almost 2 whole minutes. The 5 on 3 now begins with Barrie’s big guy Kevin Lebanc getting a shot on Matthew Mancina. Not exactly how we wanted that to start but the boys will begin to get their own shots on the opposite goal in good time. 7:54 left in to the third period Peterborough’s Jody Hull will use his timeout to make a plan to get things going. That 2 man advantage will unfortunately go unused, but the Petes are still in the lead. Barrie is just giving up everything Roy Radke is called for “high sticking” at 14:46. The Petes back on the power play, but you can tell by now that the boys are getting a little bit tired on his odd Tuesday night game at the PMC. But the penalties for Barrie aren’t about killing them off we know all too well last weekend, and its more about them getting the puck to be able to get shots on goal. But no goals again with the man advantage, and we’re back to 5 on 5 for a little bit. With 1:30 left in the game Barrie will pull their goalie for the 6th attacker. 51.9 left on the clock it’s the Barrie Colts will use their timeout. Bodies flying ALL over the place now and every Petes player is sacrificing body for puck everywhere right now. With the clock winding down Eric Cornel chips the puck ahead and is able to get a shot into the empty net at 19:40 making this a 4-2 WIN for the Petes.

Stars of the Game

1. Greg Betzold PBO – (17)
2. Hunter Garlent PBO – (23)
3. Daniel Nikandrov PBO – (20)

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.