The Peterborough Petes lost by a score of 6-3 Friday night against the Ottawa 67’s at TD Place. Liam Sztuska made his OHL debut in a game that saw special teams play a key role.
The Petes got off to a quick start just 1:29 into the first frame when defenceman Samuel Mayer carried the puck into the 67’s end, drove to the net, and slid a backhander five-hole on 67’s goalie Collin MacKenzie. Mayer’s fourth goal of the season was assisted by Donovan McCoy and Emmett Sproule, who extended his personal scoring streak to 11 games.
Later in the first, Peterborough began to get themselves into penalty trouble, gifting the 67’s three powerplays. Ottawa was able to convert on one of the ensuing man advantages when the team’s leading scorer Jack Beck buried a cross-crease pass from Cameron Tolnai to knot the game at 1-1. The 67’s were able to use their momentum to take a 2-1 lead just over five minutes later off of a Brenden Sirizzotti wrist-shot that fooled rookie Sztuska.
The second period was a fast-paced, back-and-forth affair that saw dangerous scoring opportunities at both ends, but neither team was able to break through until the Petes found themselves on the powerplay thanks to a Teddy Sawyer’s interference penalty. With Sawyer in the box, Philadelphia Flyers prospect Brain Zanetti fired a shot from the point that struck Tucker Robertson in the chest. Seemingly unfazed, the defending OHL Player of the Week gathered the puck, spun, and beat Collin MacKenzie for his team-leading eighth goal of the season to tie the game at 2-2. J.R. Avon picked up the second assist on the play.
The Petes would pull ahead 3-2 5:42 into the third period when Tucker Robertson was able to win a faceoff to the goalie’s right, sweeping the puck between his legs to Joe Carroll who made no mistake in rifling the puck to the back of the net.
The 67’s would respond just under three minutes later when Sirizzotti would make a break towards the Petes’ net, beating the defender and sliding the puck between Sztuska’s pads, bringing his team even with his second goal of the game.
The battle carried on with an exciting pace until J.R. Avon was given a major penalty for slew footing and was subsequently ejected from the game. The following questionable five-minute powerplay saw the 67’s score two unanswered goals, one taking place on a 5-on-3.
Just as Avon’s major penalty expired, Jack Beck scored his second goal of the game to cap off a series of four consecutive 67’s goals, closing out a 6-3 Ottawa win.
The final shots on goal were 31-27 in Ottawa’s favour. Peterborough went 1/4 on the powerplay, while Ottawa was 4/7 on the man advantage.
THREE STARS OF THE GAME:
- 1st: Brenden Sirizzoti
- 2nd: Cameron Tolnai
- 3rd: Jack Beck
The Petes are back in action on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 when they take on Shane Wright and the Kingston Frontenacs at the Leon’s Centre.
The next home game takes place on November 18th against the Hamilton Bulldogs. Flex packs, ticket vouchers and single game tickets are now on sale at the PMC Grant Thornton Box Office in person and over the phone at (705) 743-3561 Wednesday – Friday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, and 24 hours a day online.