Short-Staffed Petes Fall to Storm

The Petes travelled to the Royal City on Friday night for their final pre-season tilt of 2015, taking on the Guelph Storm. It was the Storm who chased the Petes in this game, topping the visitors 6-1.

Peterborough recorded the first chance of the game, and it appeared as though the visitors had the first goal as well, but the refs promptly waved the play off as Matt Timms did his best Ronaldo impression, kicking the puck into the net.

Timms’ “no goal” was the last time the Petes would come close to scoring in the opening frame, as Guelph took control of the rest of the period. The home team found the back of the net twice in the period, with Tyler Boston scoring from Luke Burghardt and Garrett McFadden first and James McEwan finding the back of the net from Nicolas Sicoly later in the frame.

The two Guelph goals were sandwiched by a Cam Lizotte fight, which resulted in an automatic ejection as per pre-season rules. This would be a big factor as the Peterborough defence corps was badly diminished due to NHL training camp assignments (Jenkins, Spencer and Masin). Guelph took their 2-0 lead into the intermission, with shots tied at eight apiece.

The second period was very similar to the first, with the Storm chasing the Petes. Early in the period, former Ottawa 67’s attacker Tyler Hill ripped an unassisted marker past Petes starter Dylan Wells, with Marc Stevens scoring from Liam Stevens and Isaac Ratcliffe to extend the lead to 4-0 at 14:15. After two frames, the Petes were up 19-16 in shots.

In the third period, Burghardt continued to ink his name onto the score sheet. The Bowmanville native scored first from Austin Hall and Ratcliffe, and then extended the Guelph lead to 6-0 with assists from the speedy Givani Smith and Boston. Peterborough’s Dylan Wells made many sharp plays throughout the game, as did his defence, but blueliners Nick Grimaand Cole Fraser were each injured in the final frame, meaning just Matt Timms and Matt Watson were available on the back end.

With forwards helping fill the void on defence, the Petes’ attack naturally picked up, and Adam McPhail drove to the net hard to score Peterborough’s lone goal late in regulation fromIan McKinnon, breaking Justin Nichols’ shutout. Peterborough won the shot battle 34-26, but the final score was 6-1 Guelph.

The rivals played a practice 3-on-3 overtime session to get ready for the regular season. Jonathan Ang scored to win the extra frame. Things get started for real next Thursday, September 24 as the Ottawa 67’s visit the PMC for the 60th season opener. Tickets are still available here for the highly anticipated match-up.

Source: Peterborough Petes