Petes Pick Up Point in Road Loss to Frontenacs

Nick Lardis tied the game up with 17.6 seconds left in regulation to help the Petes pick up a point against Kingston at the Leon’s Centre on Sunday afternoon. Emmett Sproule recorded three points (1G, 2A) to extend his point streak to 12 games while Lardis, Tucker Robertson, and Brian Zanetti picked up two points.

Kingston came out of the gate and spent the first half of the period in the Petes zone. Today’s starter Michael Simpson stood tall and kept the game knotted at zero as it took the visiting Petes a while to get their legs moving.

At the halfway point of the opening frame, Sproule forced a turnover at the Petes blueline and out-skated a pair of Frontenacs defencemen, and deked out Kingston’s starter Leevi Meriläinen to extend his point streak to 12 games.

With momentum ramped up in favour of the maroon and white, the Petes circled the puck around in enemy territory, wearing down Kingston’s line. Petes 2020 first-round pick Donovan McCoy fired the puck from the point and Joe Carroll used his unreal hand-eye coordination to deflect the puck. As the rubber bounced off Meriläinen, Robertson banked in the loose puck for his first game of the afternoon and his 9th of the year.

Kingston responded to Peterborough’s second goal moments later when Ludwinski’s shot was deflected by Christopher Thibodeau, leaving no chance for Simpson, to cut the Petes lead 2-1. The Petes were unphased by Kingston’s goal and turned up the pressure in the final minutes of the first, forcing Kingston’s Braden Haché to get whistled for holding.

On the powerplay, Philadelphia Flyers prospect and Petes’ Zanetti unleashed a slapshot from the point which Meriläinen stopped, but before the Ottawa Senators prospect could put his glove on the puck, Robertson reached for the puck and slid it past the goal line for his second of the game. Sproule picked up the secondary assist on the play.

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 Kingston’s Lucas Peric fired a shot from the point. The biscuit travelled through traffic, leaving no chance for Simpson, and the goal horn sounded.

With three minutes left in the second period, Zanetti sent a stretch pass past two of Kingston’s defencemen right onto Kaspars Ziemins tape. The Latvian native used his speed and fired the puck five-hole to give the Lift Lock boys a 4-2 lead before the second intermission.

Just like the first period, Kingston came out of the locker firing on all cylinders and unfortunately for Peterborough, Matthew Soto scored two quick ones for Kingston to tie up the game. The white and black didn’t stop there as Thibodeau sent a cross-crease pass to Callens, who one-timed the puck past Simpson to put Kingston up 5-4.

The Petes weren’t giving this one up without a fight as they pulled Simpson for the extra attacker. With the man-advantage, rookie Nick Lardis jumped on the loose puck as players scrambled in front of the net, and fired it underneath the home netminder’s pad to tie up the game. Lardis’ fifth of the year was assisted by Carroll and Sproule.

In overtime, the Petes were whistled for a too many men infraction and Kingston’s leading scorer Lucas Edmonds sealed the deal for the home team. The final shots were 44-34 in favour of Kingston. Edmonds, Arcuri, and Frasca were named the game’s first, second, and third stars.

The Petes are back in action on Friday in Hamilton to face the Bulldogs before travelling to Barrie to take on the Colts for the first time this season. Petes are back in action at the PMC on November 18 against the Bulldogs at 7:05 pm for Hockey Gives Blood night.

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.


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