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Petes defeat Battalion

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. — Erik Cermak scored one goal and added an assist to help the Peterborough Petes to a 4-1 victory Thursday night over the North Bay Battalion, extending the Petes’ Ontario Hockey League winning streak to four games.

Brady Hinz, Semyon Der-Arguchintsev and Cameron Butler also scored for Peterborough, which has a won-lost-extended record of 16-11-0 for 32 points, tied for second place in the East Division with the Oshawa Generals, who hold two games in hand. Goaltender Hunter Jones made 30 saves before a crowd of 2,456.

Adam McMaster scored for North Bay, 11-13-2 for 24 points, fifth in the Central Division. Goaltender Christian Propp faced 33 shots as the Battalion opened a three-game road trip.

It was the second of four meetings between the teams, after the Petes won 4-1 at North Bay on Oct. 8. They next face off Jan. 12 at Peterborough.

The Petes struck for two goals 28 seconds apart late in the first period, sparked by Hinz at 18:23. He caught up to a loose puck that was sent into Battalion territory and lifted a backhander past a sliding Propp. Der-Arguchintsev then swept an Adam Timleck feed over Propp’s glove from deep in the left-wing circle.

The Battalion, which outshot the Petes 14-10 in the frame, had several good chances. Jones stopped Brad Chenier in close and made saves against Matthew Struthers and Mason Primeau off the right wing, and Kyle Jackson fanned on a shot as he rushed to the net in the 18th minute.

McMaster scored at 5:27 of the second period, entering the offensive zone on a two-on-one rush with Brandon Coe against Adrien Beraldo and beating Jones to the stick side with a wrister from the left circle. The goal, unassisted, was McMaster’s 11th of the season.

Butler restored the Petes’ two-goal lead at 11:47, swinging into the slot from the left side and ripping the puck under Propp’s glove.

Propp made 10 saves in the frame, denying Butler and Liam Kirk in the high slot and turning away chances in close for Butler and Declan Chisholm. Propp gloved a drive off the right wing in the final seconds from Nick Isaacson.

The Troops had seven shots. Jones foiled Struthers as he drove to the net early in the frame, blocked a Justin Brazeau drive off the right wing and stopped a screened blast from the blue line by Braden Henderson in the 13th minute. Chenier had a good chance off a left-wing rush in the 18th minute.

Cermak connected at 15:24 of the third period, shoveling the rebound of Cole Fraser’s shot from the blue line past a fallen Propp from the lip of the crease.

The Battalion had 10 shots in the frame, with Jones producing good saves on Brazeau, Henderson and Simon Rose.

The Battalion faces the Kingston Frontenacs at 7 p.m. Friday. The game can be seen live in North Bay on YourTV Channels 12 and 700 and heard on Country 600 CKAT.

BATTALION BULLETS: Brazeau saw the end of a four-game points streak in which he had four goals and as many assists for eight points … Chenier had a three-game points streak ended. He had three goals and four assists for seven points in the span … McMaster has two goals and four assists for six points in the last three games … Each team went 0-for-2 on the power play … Opening lines featured Struthers centring left winger Chenier and right winger Brazeau, Primeau pivoting McMaster on left wing and right winger Coe and Luke Moncada centring left winger Jackson and right winger Kurtis Evans. Centre Patrick Brown and Rhys Forhan on right wing had various linemates … The Battalion, which dressed seven defencemen, was without Travis Mailhot, Daniel Walker, David Maier, Harrison Caines and Cameron Peters … Maier has joined the Austrian national team for the Division 1A, or second-tier, world junior championship to be held Dec. 9-15 at Fussen, Germany … Struthers returned from a four-game suspension for a match penalty for kicking in a 7-1 loss Nov. 16 to the visiting Sudbury Wolves … Walker completed a five-game suspension for an attempt to injure in the same game … Jackson was recalled from the junior A Ottawa Jr. Senators … Jones leads OHL goaltenders in games and minutes played, shots faced and saves … The referees were Scott Ferguson and Tom Sweeney.

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