A Hard Fight

It is game number 67 for both teams tonight and our Peterborough Petes are taking on the Mississauga Steelheads. Both teams needing the points to claim their spot in the Eastern Division standings for the 2016 Playoffs. After a big Petes win on Tuesday night against the Barrie Colts, our boys are trying to maybe still get home ice advantage? And no one will know who they are playing in the East until Sunday night. Starters for tonights game will be Matthew Mancina in between the pipes, Matt Spencer and Dominik Masin on the blue line, and taking the opening face-off will be the Josh’s Josh Maguire, Josh Coyle and Daniel Nikandrov. Here we GOOOOO!

We begin with Daniel Nikandrov actually loosing the opening face-off, that doesn’t happen very often. But we’re off to the races, we have a VERY early penalty with Michael McLeod is called for a “slashing” penalty at 0:44 seconds into the first period. We’re onto the Petes power play now, and this one adds to our dying percentage with Hunter Garlent opening the scoring at 1:31 from Eric Cornel and Kyle Jenkins. But we come back to the action and action it is with Brandon Prophet and Stephen Gibson being called for “roughing” at 1:48. Onto 4 on 4 hockey now, and these homers announcers are going to do my head in. Before we get too ahead of ourselves Jared Walsh makes a deflection to create a 1-1 game at 2:36. This game although its almost impossible, this feels like it could be a playoff action here tonight. Jack Flinn the Steelheads goaltender is being tested early and apparently he is 6’8 on foot and over 7 foot with skates on. The colouring on the tv and in this arena might also do my head in while watching this game. Matthew Mancina having to show that he knows what he is doing in between the pipes. Petes looking to get control of the puck and carry it into the Mississauga end but unable to get a shot away. With a big rush into the Petes end Daniel Muzito-Bagenda gets the Steelheads their first lead of the game at 6:41. This game is buzzing around the ice tonight and its still looking like anything could happen. There is a Peterborough native playing for the Steelheads, one that we didn’t see when the blue guys came to Peterborough last month and he is Owen Tippett who was drafted, (correct me if I’m wrong) but I believe he was drafted 1st over all in the 2015 OHL Entry Draft. The blue team is applying pressure and keeping Matthew Mancina on his toes or I guess its more legs when you’re a goaltender? Anyways, Peterborough able to draw a face-off in the Mississauga zone as we head to the first period intermission. With the top line on ice and Hunter Garlent will win that face-off to get his team going. But now the puck is just going end to end without getting too much on it. Steve Lorentz since coming back from that 10 game suspension has picked up his game and you can see tonight that his physical game like he said it would has been amped up! It won’t be until 18:29 when the real Peterborough native on the Petes Logan DeNoble will tie up the game once more with the assists going to Eric Cornel and Hunter Garlent. But before we close out the first period the Steelheads Sean Day will regain their 1 goal lead at 19:02. And that will do it for the first period with the Steelheads apparently out shooting the Petes 10-4. It definitely doesn’t look that way on the scoreboard reading 3-2.

Our second period is underway and this time it looks more like normal with Daniel Nikandrov winning that opening face-off. And the big guy Daniel Muzito-Bagenda has a big breakaway to just miss the post by inches and Matthew Mancina is probably going to get that bar a little tap. On the other end the line that has been together the most its Hunter Garlent feeding Eric Cornel who just can’t handle the pass. Matthew Mancina spins around in his own net and who knows if he knew where the puck was but he wouldn’t let it cross his line thats for sure. Steve Lorentz lets a big shot go only to have it blocked, but the boys are able to keep the puck inside the Steelheads blue line for a couple more shots on goal. With action happening on both ends of the ice right now, there just seems to be so much open ice at the Hersey Centre this evening. A HUGE stretch pass accepted and put into the back of the net for his 40th goal of the year its Hunter Garlent tying up the game at 7:19 from Logan DeNoble and Brandon Prophet getting the assists. They better have saved that PUCK! After we get back to action its Brendan Harrogate being called for “holding” at 9:02. So this is another Petes power play and the boys are on the ice. Doing what we’ve come to know so well is passing the puck around the ice to get some lanes opened up. That line change on both sides looked awkward because of the second period side switch. But Jack Flinn keeping his eye on the puck to help his team out on the penalty kill. We’re back to 5 on 5, after the tv timeout and now its Mississauga trying to put on more pressure to get in charge of tonights game. 15:07 we will have a “delay of game” penalty going to Austin Osmanski on the blue team, giving the Petes another power play in this second period. But with how the last power play ended, we are back to the power play which is most likely 20th in the league as well. So that man advantage will go unused. Before we close out the second period we have some off setting penalties to Dominik Masin and Damian Bourne both getting “roughing” at 18:55. Neither referees will let them go even though one has lost a helmet, another threw his gloves but we have some 4 on 4 hockey being played after we clean up the yard sale. Steve Lorentz is throwing his body into Michael McLeod at centre ice. But that will do it for the excitement for the first 40 minutes.

We begin the third period with 4 on 4 hockey being played with the offsetting late penalties for the rough-housing. So we’re at it with Mississauga winning the face-off but I would say that more Steve Lorentz winning that one because it might have gone off his stick deep into the Steelheads zone. Just 0:37 into the final period its Michael McLeod who is called for “tripping” sending this game to 4 on 3 for 19 seconds. And 1:41 on the power play unless we score. That man advantage will go unused once again. And at 4:08 Brandon Prophet will go for “roughing” to the sin bin. Giving the Steelheads a power play! That man advantage will go unused as well, so thats good news for the Petes. We’re back to 5 on 5 hockey for the first time in this third period. The roughness and toughness isn’t ending anytime soon. Its Daniel Muzito-Bagenda who will get the blue team back in the lead at 7:02. Now things are going to change I can feel it now. And no surprise for me to tell you at home that there are MORE penalties being given out tonight. In his 250th OHL game Brandon Prophet is called once again this time for a “check from behind” and “roughing”, while Ryan McLeod is called for “roughing” at 11:19. Meaning that Mississauga does get a power play out of that tousle. That tousle will make a pile into the boards for that, what happens is Brandon Prophet checks from behind Michael McLeod into the boards and magically his brother Ryan McLeod is right there to stand up and try to drop the gloves. So that’s fun right? But you know what’s not fun? Nicholas Hague banks a one timer in the back of the net at 11:24. Yeah, not fun. But Peterborough trying to stay in the game and that no lead is safe with 8 minutes left in the game. Although there is lots of energy being left on the ice tonight but unfortunately the odds just aren’t in our favour right now. Nick Grima takes a “slashing” penalty at 15:06, giving that blue team another power play. The frustration is blowing out of the ears from our Petes players tonight. That penatly kill will be killed off without any more pucks crossing the goal lines. I wouldn’t say that the Petes have played poorly tonight, they just haven’t got their gears working correctly. Once again this season they just can’t buy goals. 

Stars of the Game

1. Daniel Muzito-Bagenda MISS – (85)
2. Hunter Garlent PBO – (23)
3. Michael McLeod MISS – (9)

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.