Petes Hit $1,000,000 Total Over 15 Years of Pink in the Rink
It was one for the books on Saturday, February 3 as the Petes hosted the Niagara IceDogs for their 15th annual Pink in the Rink (PITR) game. The Maroon and White would become the Pink and Black as they sported their 2024 PITR jerseys designed by Kyle McDonald of Pioneer Inc. The jerseys featured nearly 200 names of people who have battled cancer.
This year’s campaign will support the Wheels of Hope transportation program provided by the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS). The program connects people to cancer treatments with volunteer drivers and travel cost reimbursements. It links those in need with a network of volunteers who extend their hearts and vehicles to those embarking on the toughest journey of their lives.
Funds for this year’s Campaign were raised by the Petes players who served as Ambassadors for the event. Other fundraising included the game jersey auction, North Lobby silent auction, PITR t-shirt sales, and a pass the bucket during the first and second period. After the game, it was announced that a preliminary total of $49,103.26 was raised for the 15th Annual PITR Campaign. This total helped the Petes reach their overall goal of $1,000,000 raised over the history of Pink in the Rink.
“Firstly, I’d like to thank the players for being Ambassadors for this year’s Campaign,” noted Petes General Manager and Vice President of Operations Michael Oke. “We started this initiative 15 years ago with Petes staff such as Aaron Garfat, Cathy Webster, and Don Sharp, to be able to raise over 1 Million dollars in just 15 years is an amazing accomplishment. We hope to see this Campaign continue to grow at the rate that it has today. Wheels of Hope is a great program, and we’re extremely pleased that the funds from this year will be put to good use.”
Before the game, a ceremonial puck drop took place recognizing Wheels of Hope volunteer Ken Vass, and Cancer survivor Kim Conroy and her daughter Brooke.
After an emotional opening ceremony, the Petes faithful were loud and proud, with the 11th sold-out PMC crowd of the season cheering on the boys. Peterborough fed off of the momentum of their home crowd, controlling the play early. Just over three minutes into the game, Carson Cameron scored to give the Petes an early lead. Niagara would battle back hard after the goal, scoring two in the period to take a 2-1 lead into the break.
Not backing down in front of the 3,800+, the Petes battled back early in second. Just 24 seconds into the frame, Quinton Pagé tipped home a Carson Cameron point shot to tie the game up. Once again, the IceDogs added two more after the goal to take a commanding 4-2 lead into the final frame.
Not going down without a fight, Peterborough came out strong in the third period. It all started four minutes into the period, when Pagé tipped in his second of the game to put Peterborough within one. In the dying minutes, Caden Taylor would come up big for the second game in a row, scoring to send it to OT. Unfortunately for the Petes, they would fall just short as Kevin He scored late in the extra frame to give Niagara a 5-4 win.
The Petes are back in action on Sunday, February 4 when they travel to Kingston to take on the Kingston Frontenacs. Puck drop is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at the Leon’s Centre. The game is a part of Cogeco’s Hockey Day in the OHL and will be broadcasted on YourTV Peterborough and Freq 90.5. Fans can also catch the game at the Official Road Game Watch Party at Shoeless Joe’s Peterborough.