Peterborough Petes goaltender Mike Morrison made 42 saves tonight, but it wasn’t enough to knock off the high flying Ottawa 67’s. Notwithstanding some great saves, the Petes lost 2-0 against their division rivals.
Despite having three regulars returned from World Junior camps in Alberta, including Cody Ceci, Shane Prince and OHL leading goal scorer Tyler Toffoli, the 67’s were unable to set an offensive tone early in the game.
It would seem as if the 67’s were holding their sticks too tight and tallied hitting 5 posts and 1 at the side of the net throughout the game. Morrison gave up limited rebounds and kept his team in the game including a solid performance in the second period where his team was outshot 20-8.
On the other side of the ice, Michael Nishi stood on his head when he needed to but that wasn’t very often. One of the Petes best chances of the night came at the midway point when JC Campagna caught a piece of the puck, beat Nishi, but trickled to the goal post and out.
It wasn’t until the 12:49 mark in the 3rd period when Shane Prince broke Morrison’s shutout bid after circling the net and firing the puck off a quick wrist shot. Dalton Smith would seal the deal with an empty netter with under a minute left in the game.
With 10 regulars out of the line-up, the Petes did an exceptional job at limiting the 67’s to two goals. Notable players missing in action were Austin Watson (Team USA – U20), Slater Koekkoek (shoulder injury), Matt Puempel (suspension) and rookies Nick Ritchie & Stephen Nosad (Team Ontario – U17).
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Petr Mrazek stopped 52 shots in Czech Republic’s 5-2 win over Team USA at the World Juniors U20 tournament in Edmonton … Nick Ritchie and Stephen Nosad combined for 4 assists in Team Ontario’s 7-2 victory over Sweden at the U17 tournament in Windsor … Sean Monahan & Andrew Yogan’s 3 game point streaks end as both were hold pointless.
Up next for the Petes is a game Sunday afternoon match up against the Sudbury Wolves at 2:05pm. The 67’s travel down the 401 to Kingston to take on the Frontenacs at the K-Rock Centre at 2:00pm
Random Thoughts from Behind the Lens
- Tyler Graovac returned to the line up again after taking more time to recover from mono.
- David Perklin looked a little rattled after a hit along the boards late in the third period. Not sure he returned to the ice.
- This game sure looked slow after watching the World Juniors.
- Speaking of the World Juniors, the media room was in a bit of a buzz on the news that the Czech Republic had beaten the USA and that Petr Mrazek made 52 (!!) saves.
Pictures from the Game:
Micheal Nishi gloving the puck in one of his saves
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