And then they stopped playing. Peterborough shook off the bus legs, picked up their game and took full advantage and control for the next 30 minutes of the game. Pick the detail: face-offs, boards, pressure, speed, the Pete's dominated. Before the first period was over, Ottawa native Joey West had his team on the board just 6 seconds into their second PP of the game.
The Petes forced turn-overs, created numerous odd-man rushes and breakaways not all of which were stopped by Petr Mrazek. With Alane Quine in the box for tripping up Dalton Smith, Luke Hietkamp tied it when he intercepted Cardwell's pass, skated in alone and beat Mrazek over his glove. The Petes went into the second intermission with a 1-goal lead on Andrew Yogan's 21st goal of the season.
The 67's started the 3rd period with the same energy as the first but the Pete's matched them stride for stride and goal for goal. Shane Prince tied the game on the 67's 6th powerplay of the game (assists to Cazzola and Zanetti) but before the announcement was finished, Alan Quine had the Petes back in the lead. Pete's goalie, Andrew d'Agostini tried a mini-Mrazek goal-pump to celebrate the goal. He was pretty low-key about it but it was noticed. Andrew Yogan was credited with the EN as John McFarland took him down on his break away.
The 67's did have some scoring chances but d'Agostini was up to the challenge and his team mates cleaned up in front of him. In in the final analysis, the Pete's simply outplayed the 67's and fully deserved the win.
Here's the game sheet.
The 67's play the Belleville Bulls (yes - three times in 8 days) at the J. Benson Cartage Centre tomorrow at 2:30.
Random Thoughts from Behind the Lens
- The Prince, Cazzola, McFarland line had a lot of ice time from what I could see. They are still working out the timing among them but if they are kept together, they could be dangerous.
- It's been a long time since Ottawa has had a healthy scratch (Taylor Fielding).
- Pretty good turnout considering the weather - it was pretty greasy out there. Good on all the fans who attended the game.
- It was Joey West's 300th OHL game. Nice to get the win and first star in front of family and friends.
- Daniel Broussard is 4 games into his 8-game suspension.
- The Barberpole jersey sure is nice.
Newest 67's John McFarland making his home debut and in a Barberpole jersey too
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