The Peterborough Petes, thanks to a strong performance from goalie Matt Mancina, notched their third straight victory after beating the London Knights 4-2, in a game marked by outstanding individual efforts.
The Knights started the night strong after Chris Martenet scored his first of the season off of a one timer a mere 2:54 into the game. Unfortunately for London, Peterborough’s first two shots of the game would squeak past goalie Brendan Burke, as the Pete’s Steven Lorentz (20th) and Greg Betzold (30th) scored a goal each only fifty-five seconds apart. The first period would end 2-1.
London came out buzzing early in the second thanks to an early power play, but London’s only real chance came when Christian Dvorak ringed a shot off the crossbar. The momentum seemed to be completely in London’s favour after they killed off a 5-on-3 near the end of the second, but Matt Mancina stood on his head to keep the game 2-1 for the Petes.
The Knights efforts were finally rewarded in the third thanks to an early power play, as JJ Piccinich (24th) finished off a nice passing play with Matt Tkachuk and Dvorak. It was around this time that fans and media noticed that Kitchener was beating the Erie, meaning that a Knights win would bring them within two points of first place.
That momentum met a brick wall shortly after, as Matt Mancina, staring down Mitch Marner on a breakaway, made a brilliant poke check to keep the game tied. Shortly after, Eric Cornel (21st) would score a beautiful goal that would stand as the game winner. Jonathan Ang (13th) would score on an empty net to seal the Pete’s victory.
As for that Kitchener/Erie tilt, Erie would come back to win that game, leaving the Knights six points back.
The Petes will head to Sarnia on the 23rd to try and extend their winning streak, while the Knights will host the Sting the next day.