History RePETES?

Here we are, Round 1 OHL Playoffs Game 1 our Peterborough Petes are taking on the North Bay Battalion in this round. And tonights starts Game 1. So lets get at it, out of the line-up tonight will be Cole Fraser and Eddie Schulz both healthy scratches. Meaning that BACK in the line-up tonight is my little engine that could Adam Timleck is back in maroon tonight! So more importantly, the starters will be in between the Petes pipes will be Matthew Mancina, and on the blue line Dominik Masin and Matt Spencer, while taking the opening is the puck drop are the Josh’s Josh Maguire, Josh Coyle and Daniel Nikandrov.

We’re onto the races and the boys tonight in the mighty maroon and cream and looking like they are ready for playoffs to begin. Matthew Mancina being tested early because of ANOTHER turn over in open ice giving North Bay they chance. But bodies are already flying when Daniel Verity throws Steve Lorentz into the boards. That’s something you don’t see every day, but the part I love most about that hit was that Nick Grima was right there to take on Daniel Verity as soon as he turned around. That’s the team we’ve come to know and love, and its AWESOME to see when the rookies are stepping up to do that. Rookie line out on the ice now, and the rookie defence man Nick Grima is called for “interference” penalty at 2:46. North Bay getting the first power play of the game, but the penalty kill squad on the good guys has come together more as of late. They’ve talked about their squad goals and they’re doing they jobs right to keep the literal goals out. Daniel Nikandrov gets the second shot on goal during this man advantage, short-handed and still going to the opposing net! Matthew Mancina not being bored on the penalty kill, and doing a great job at sealing his net off. After some pushing and shoving once the whistle is blown, but the referees will still go up stairs to make sure the puck didn’t go in. That penalty is killed off and we’re back to 5 on 5. In the same spot as the first one, but this time its Zach Gallant who is called for “interference” at 7:29. Another penalty kill up now, and Josh Coyle is blocking all sorts of shots during the penalty. But North Bay not looking to sit back and working hard to get something going while on the man advantage. The good guys able to kill off their second penalty now and we’re back to the real game. The dream team still together in tonights game, which is AMAZING to see! I was wondering what head coach Jody Hull was going to put out as the forward lines tonight. North Bay’s Steve Harland is called for a “hooking” penalty at 11:34, giving the Petes their first power play of the game! After the tv timeout we begin with the man advantage and winning the face-off in the Battalion end. It won’t take long for Logan DeNoble to tip the puck into the net at 11:39 from Matthew Timms and Jonathan Ang. The Petes are up 1-0 now on their first power play of the game. Josh Maguire‘s game has really picked up in the second half of the season, if only the team would play this well all 68 games in regular season. Peterborough adding pressure in the Battalion end which will draw another North Bay penalty Riley Bruce for “interference” at 13:54. And it won’t take long once again for captain Mike Amadio to tie up tonights game short-handed at 14:23. So back to the power play side of the game, Peterborough getting lots of pucks to the net but unable to get anything through. Mike Amadio gets a big breakaway and that will draw Dominik Masin into the penalty box for “slashing” at 15:35. Its now the Battalion who are on the power play now and the Petes are forcing the puck into the other end. Matthew Mancina trying to keep his team in the game as the first period comes to an end. But North Bay trying as hard as they but the penalty will expire before anything will find the back of the net. That will do it for the first period, and Peterborough only apparently registers 4 shots on goal during the first 20 minutes #EyeRollEmoji and North Bay gets 11.

Here we go in the second period now and the referees are on a mission tonight. Of course its playoffs and the referees want to be given as many games throughout this playoff run as possible. But there’s a lot of times where I just sound like a mom saying “let the boys play”. Thankfully I’m not old enough to be any of these kids mom yet.. That is a day i dread! Anyways, back to the action. Daniel Nikandrov looses his stick early on and that stick will become broken, so he will head to the bench letting someone else come on now. North Bay building off what they started to do in the second half of the first period. Matthew Mancina able to cover up a puck and even though he had no idea where the puck went but he kept it underneath him. The Petes onto the rsh now and a handful of shots on goal but no one able to capitalize. Zach Gallant is trying so hard still to get his first goal of the season, kudos to Jody Hull for keeping him in the line-up and on the ice for good minutes. Josh Maguire gets a big breakaway and tries to go bar down but that puck will go just high of net. 5:55 Matt Spencer is going to be called for “interference” penalty. Sending the Battalion back onto the power play and Matthew Mancina keeping his team in the game. Honestly, I don’t know how goaltenders do it. How do you always do where the puck is going to be, I’m impressed. First minute of the power play is killed off and the seconds are still counting down. The penalty kill squad for the Petes working very hard once again to keep this game interesting. Penalty killed, and although Matthew Mancina is cool as a cucumber everyone else on the ice isn’t so cool. We have a few punches and face washes given once the whistle is blown. Josh Maguire will be called for “roughing” at 7:57, as he was one of the ones who threw the punches. North Bay back on the power play and the Petes back at the penalty kill. Matthew Mancina faced with lots of shots while killing off this man disadvantage. Another penalty killed off for our Peterborough Petes! Bodies are FLYING, as expected in playoffs and any East Division teams nowadays. I think someone has lost a glove behind the Petes net. But Matthew Mancina able to make a HUGE save to save his teammate Kyle Jenkins when he had a turnover right in front of the Petes net. Now the Petes are finally able to get the puck down to the Battalion end. Our big goal scorer, Greg Betzold gets a couple good shots but Jake Smith in the North Bay net is on his game just like the goaltender in our end. Steve Lorentz blocks a BIG shot from his friend Kyle Wood, and if i’m not wrong I think Kyle Wood was voted by coaches to have the hardest defensive shot in the East. Ouchyyy. That might leave a bruise. The Petes just look kinda shaky, they don’t really look as crisp as they did in the first period. I would like to think that this period was a little bit more evened out then the first for shots, but once again North Bay will lead 15-9. As the second period has 5 seconds left on the clock Mathew Santos will rock Dominik Masin into the boards not so gracefully.

Third and hopefully the final period tonight will begin with Daniel Nikandrov winning another face-off. Also beginning with I think I’ve said this before but so many turnovers it looks like a bakery out there. Peterborough showing that they restored their energy during the second intermission and ready to go with the score locked at 1-1 for 25+ minutes. Early on in this third period Mathew Santos will be called for “tripping” at 1:44. Giving the Petes their third power play of the game, if you remember the first had the Petes opening goal and the second had the Battalion’s opening goal. This could be a very interesting man advantage. Power play boys are on the ice for the boys in maroon tonight and lots of shots on goal but all of them missing not by much. But this penalty/power play will go to the garbage. Matthew Mancina able to be a detective early in this third period to read and figure out where the puck is going. The Petes trying to get control of the puck, but unable to do so. Peterborough native Jacob Ball playing for North Bay is having a FANTASTIC game tonight, playing a lot more minutes then he was in Peterborough a few weeks ago. The dream team doing amazing work as always looking like they’ve practised that play so many times but Steve Lorentz unable to find Greg Betzold on the end of his pass. The puck comes down to the Petes end and Brett Hargrave finds top shelf at 7:09. Now North Bay has their first lead of the game with just over 12 minutes left in the game. Now the Battalion looking like this is their home and not so out of place. The Petes on the other hand are also stepping up the game and doing what they are trying to do better… score goals. But Jake Smith won’t let them even buy a goal. Its playoff time and you can tell just watching the game on tv that the good guys our mighty maroon and cream aren’t giving up just yet. Steve Lorentz comes in off the bench and just flies into the Battalion zone but he’s unable to sneak by his buddy Kyle Wood on the defence. With 4:11 left in tonights game the rookie line is back on the ice with ADAM TIMLECK filling that spot! Yaysies, thats the first time I’ve really heard his name on the ice tonight. It will be interesting to see if the Petes coaches will pull Matthew Mancina tonight because with 2:30 left its still end to end the whole time. The Petes are battling SO hard right now, its such a change up compared to how they played during the regular season. 2:28 left in the game, and head coach of the Battalion Stan Bulter will use his timeout to draw out some plays on the whiteboard. And Jody Hull will pull their goalie and its a 6 on 5 now. And the boys in maroon have SO many shots on goal. The big scorers on are the ice but that puck WILL not find the net. Dominik Masin is rocked into the net by Mathew Santos and he is VERY slow to get up from knocking the net off its posts. The clock will run out and the North Bay Battalion will take game one.

Stars of the Game 

1. Mike Amadio NB – (18)
2. Matthew Mancina PBO – (33)
3. Brett Hargrave NB – (10)

I know I told you how excited I was to have Adam Timleck back in the line-up tonight but I haven’t heard the announcers say his name once, nor have I really seen him on the ice myself. So I will look into what happening there! There we go! End of the third period I heard his name on the ice! 

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.