McIntyre Picks Up Two Assists as Petes Fall to Steelheads
It was Indigenous Heritage night at the PMC on Thursday as the Peterborough Petes hosted the Mississauga Steelheads for the final time this season. The Petes were using a special logo for the game to honour Indigenous Heritage Night. The logo was designed by Kory Parkin and highlights Peterborough’s traditional name, Nogojiwanong, which means “place at the foot of the rapids”. Fans can find out more about the logo by visiting the Petes website. Peterborough was looking to tie the season series at 2-2 with the Steelheads, after a 52 save shutout by Liam Sztuska saw them grab a 4-0 win on New Years.
The first period would be all Steelheads from the drop of the puck. Mississauga looked desperate to solve Sztuska early, after his big performance last time out. They would get their wish halfway through the opening frame. After a Dean Loukus tip was reviewed for a high-stick, it was called a good goal and the Steelheads took a 1-0 lead. The Petes would push hard to tie the game late in the period, but would be unable to solve Jack Ivankovic and it stayed 1-0 heading into the break.
Unfortunately for the Petes, things would not get better to start the second period. In the opening minute, Luke Misa tipped in a goal to double Mississauga’s lead. Just when it looked like the Petes might be down and out, the goal seemed to send a spark through the Maroon and White. In the next two minutes, goals by Chase Lefebvre and Quinton Pagé would see the Petes get right back into the game. Halfway through the frame, Mississauga took advantage of a power play and got back in front, taking a 3-2 lead. Not wanting to enter the final frame down a goal, the Petes pressed in the dying minutes. With just over a minute remaining in the second, Braydon McCallum leaped to reach a Jonathan Melee rebound and buried it to tie the game once again. After a high scoring second period, the game would enter the third tied at 3-3.
Mississauga would take the lead four minutes into the third and never look back. In the final minutes, the Petes fought for an equalizer, but the Steelheads added an empty netter to take the game 5-3.
Ryder McIntyre led the way for the Petes with two assists on the night, while Chase Lefebvre, Quinton Pagé, and Braydon McCallum each had a goal. Liam Ladds, Nico Addy, Tommy Purdeller, and Jonathan Melee all had an assist in the game. Liam Sztuska stopped 52/56 shots faced.
The Petes are back in action on Friday, February 9, when they travel to the Nation’s Capital to take on the Ottawa 67’s. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at the TD Place. Fans can see the game at the Official Road Game Watch Party at Shoeless Joe’s Peterborough. The game will also be broadcasted on YourTV Peterborough and Freq 90.5.