NORTH BAY, Ont. — Pavel Gogolev scored one goal and added an assist as the Peterborough Petes defeated the North Bay Battalion 4-1 Monday in the Troops’ annual Thanksgiving Day matinee.
Chad Denault, Adam Timleck and Semyon Der-Arguchintsev also scored for Peterborough, which got 32 saves from goaltender Hunter Jones before 2,499 at Memorial Gardens. The Petes have a won-lost-extended record of 5-2-0 for 10 points, tied with the Ottawa 67’s atop the Ontario Hockey League’s East Division with a game in hand.
Brad Chenier scored the North Bay goal, while goaltender Christian Propp shone in a 41-save performance in the only game of the day. Assistants Scott Wray and Adam Dennis again ran the bench in the absence of coach Stan Butler, who’s on medical leave, as the Battalion went to 2-5-0 for four points, fifth in the Central Division.
The Wawanesa Insurance Day game marked the second straight season that the Petes visited on the holiday, having won 7-3 a year ago in their first such role.
“I was excited to see our first 10 minutes tonight,” said Dennis. “I thought we did a lot of things good. I thought, once that first goal went in, we were still okay.
“Once that second goal went in, you know, we’re a fragile group right now, and I thought our guys were a little too in the moment. They weren’t playing the way that got them the success that they had in the first 10. It was an uphill battle from there.”
Der-Arguchintsev all but settled the issue with his goal 31 seconds into the third period that completed the scoring. He one-timed a pass at the left wing from Gogolev in the mid slot as the teams skated four a side.
With Propp gone for a sixth attacker, Daniel Walker appeared to have scored at 19:33, but referee Ryan Elbers went to video review. It was decided that Walker chested the puck past Jones on a rebound off the end glass. Walker was assessed a blindsiding major at 19:49 after he leveled Austin Osmanski.
The Petes, who led 2-0 through 20 minutes, struck again at 1:10 of the second period when Timleck took a crisp Nick Isaacson pass past defenders Payton Vescio and Nick King and beat Propp.
Chenier replied on the power play at 2:43, eight seconds after Cameron Supryka went off for slashing. Chenier tipped a blue line blast by David Maier through traffic. Matthew Struthers drew the second assist on Chenier’s first goal of the season.
Denault opened the scoring at 10:57 of the first period. He went to the left side of the net to convert a second rebound, assisted by Isaacson and Matt McNamara.
Gogolev scored on the power play at 13:17, chopping the puck just inside the far post from the right wing after Propp made an acrobatic save. Erik Cermak and Zach Gallant had the assists.
Propp denied Gogolev at 4:41 after he split the defence and moved in alone on the goaltender, and Rhys Forhan and Harrison Caines whacked several times at the puck near Jones’s net in the sixth minute. Caines returned to action after suffering a concussion Sept. 21 in a 7-5 home-ice win over the Hamilton Bulldogs in the season opener.
The Battalion visits the Flint Firebirds at 7 p.m. Friday to open a three-game weekend road trip. The game can be seen live on YourTV Channels 12 and 700 and heard on Country 600 CKAT.
BATTALION BULLETS: The Battalion has an all-time record of 13 wins and eight losses, including three in extended time, on Thanksgiving Day. The Toronto St. Michael’s Majors provided the holiday opposition eight times before visiting Brampton three times as the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors and Brampton and North Bay once each as the Steelheads. The Niagara IceDogs have made three holiday visits, the Sudbury Wolves two and the Barrie Colts one. The Troops are 4-2-0 at North Bay on the holiday…. The Battalion’s Justin Brazeau saw the end of a three-game points streak in which he scored five goals and added three assists for eight points … Maier has two goals and three assists for five points in the last three games … The Battalion scratched Travis Mailhot, Kurtis Evans and Braden Henderson … Mailhot has an upper-body injury, while Henderson was sick. Evans served the second game of an eight-game suspension for a head check Sept. 30 in a 7-5 road loss to the Oshawa Generals and is eligible to return Oct. 27 … Centre Kyle Potts cleared waivers Thursday, reducing the Battalion roster to 23, numbering 13 forwards, eight defencemen and two goaltenders. Potts is awaiting reassignment … Der-Arguchintsev’s goal was his first of the season, in his fifth game … North Bay went 1-for-3 on the power play. Peterborough was 1-for-4 … Pat Myers was the other referee.