There was only one game around the Ontario Hockey League on Valentine's Day, setting up a much bigger night in store on Friday.
Brampton Battalion 1 @ Peterborough Petes 3
The Peterborough Petes played host to the Brampton Battalion in the only game on the OHL schedule Thursday, completing a busy day for the Petes organization. At a press conference earlier in the afternoon, Peterborough Petes president Jim Devlin took the interim tags off of general manager Mike Oke and head coach Jody Hull, signing them both to two-year extensions through the 2015 season.
In an exciting first period, the only goal would go to the visiting Brampton Battalion, when Patrik Machac deflected a Zach Bell shot past Andrew D’Agostini in goal for Peterborough. In period two, the Petes would score a pair of late goals to flip their one-goal deficit to a one-goal lead, as Stephen Pierog and Nick Czinder found the back of the net. The third period would be dominated by a Battalion team desperate for an equalizing goal, with every point so important in the Eastern Conference standings, but they could not force overtime. Despite being outshot in the final period by a 21-7 count, the Petes would pick up on the only goal of the frame when Jonatan Tanus hit an empty net with a minute remaining, giving Peterborough a 3-1 win. D’Agostini was excellent in goal for the Petes in making 47 saves, Machac’s deflection on the powerplay his only blemish.
Check back tomorrow for the recaps from a busy Friday night around the Ontario Hockey League, with eight games taking place. Until then, you can regularly find my ramblings about the Ontario Hockey League, as well as the Toronto Maple Leafs, on Twitter @N24Nicholson.
Anthony Nicholson is the Sports Editor for Toronto News 24 covering the Toronto Maple Leafs and regular contributor to OHLWriters.com. Contact Anthony anytime for a conversation by joining him on Twitter, or send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Andrew D’Agostini helped guide his Peterborough Petes to victory on Thursday night, helping them stay in the Eastern Conference playoff race with a 47 save performance against the Brampton Battalion. (Photo Courtesy: Terry Wilson/OHLImages)