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Petes feast 7-3 in holiday visit

NORTH BAY, Ont. — Pavel Gogolev and Adam Timleck each scored two goals to pace the Peterborough Petes to a 7-3 victory Monday over the North Bay Battalion in an Ontario Hockey League game that grew ugly by the end.

Zach Gallant had one goal and two assists and Nikita Korostelev and Semyon Der-Arguchintsev one goal and one assist apiece for the Petes in the Battalion’s annual Thanksgiving Day matinee before 2,460.

Goaltender Hunter Jones, who made his league debut after having been a fifth-round pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection, made 35 saves for Peterborough, which moved its won-lost-extended record to 4-2-1 for nine points, tied with the Ottawa 67’s for second place in the East Division.

Justin Brazeau, Cam Dineen and Andy Baker scored for the Battalion, which lost a third consecutive game and is 3-2-1 for seven points, third in the Central Division.

Goaltender Mat Woroniuk faced 31 shots from the Petes, who provided the holiday opposition for the first time and handed the Troops their first Thanksgiving loss at North Bay after four wins. The Battalion’s previous loss on the occasion was a 4-3 overtime setback to the Mississauga Steelheads at Brampton on Oct. 8, 2012.

After all the scoring was done, Kyle Potts, who faces supplementary discipline, received a match penalty for slashing on Peterborough’s Austin Osmanski at 18:15 of the third period. North Bay’s Brett McKenzie was leveled by an elbow without a call in the final minute, further riling a crowd that already had expressed its view of the officiating, and Daniel Walker and Timleck engaged in a brief wrestling match at the final buzzer.

“We definitely had a lot of scoring chances, but our inability to finish around the net didn’t help us much,” said Battalion coach Stan Butler.

Korostelev opened the scoring during a two-man advantage at 1:36 of the first period following head-checking and slashing minors to Brazeau and Adam McMaster respectively that drew the wrath of fans. Korostelev connected on a snap shot from the right-wing circle to the far side.

Gogolev doubled the lead at 4:02. Gallant fed Gogolev in the goalmouth, and he wheeled and fired the rubber behind Woroniuk.

Brazeau replied on the power play at 10:37 with Osmanski, whom the Petes acquired Sunday from Mississauga, off for interference. Brazeau, who took a pass from McKenzie from the right-wing corner, scored his first goal of the season from the right circle. Luke Burghardt had the other assist.

Dineen tied it 2-2 at 16:47, receiving a pass from McMaster and beating a screened Jones high to the glove side from the left wing. Riley Bruce also assisted on Dineen’s fifth goal, tops among OHL defencemen.

Gallant restored the visitors’ lead at 17:55. The puck pinballed through the zone, eluding several players before Gallant swiped it past Woroniuk on the short side from the left circle.

Gogolev netted what proved to be the winning goal on the power play at 2:21 of the second period, working to the right lip of the crease and shoveling home a backhander. Gallant and Jones drew assists.

The Troops threatened several times in the frame, putting the puck wide of the net from numerous goalmouth scrambles, but were forced to kill two more penalties, to Brandon Coe and Burghardt.

Der-Arguchintsev struck from the lip of the crease at 1:22 of the third period, and Timleck scored from the mid slot off a rush at 2:49.

Baker collected his first goal at 4:01, taking a McMaster pass and cruising right to left across the front of the crease before slipping the puck behind Jones. Timleck completed the scoring with his fourth goal at 8:21, beating Woroniuk high to the blocker side.

Burghardt jammed the puck into the net at 9:54, but referee Matthew Traub, who worked with Aaron Neely, declared that he’d already decided to blow his whistle, negating any goal.

The Battalion plays host to Ottawa at 7 p.m. Thursday in the annual Pink in the Rink game in support of the Canadian Cancer Society.

BATTALION BULLETS: The Battalion has an all-time record of 13 wins and seven 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 … In 266 career games, McKenzie has 79 goals and 97 assists for 176 points, one more than Howie Martin and 10th in franchise history … Burghardt, with six goals and five assists for 11 points, has at least one point in all six games this season since being acquired with Luke Moncada in a trade from the Guelph Storm on June 27. Burghardt has assists in five straight games … The Battalion went 1-for-3 on the power play. Peterborough was 2-for-6 … Opening lines featured Burghardt centring left winger Brad Chenier and right winger Brazeau, McMaster centring left winger McKenzie and Kurtis Evans on right wing and Potts centring left winger Moncada and right winger Coe. Patrick Brown pivoted left winger Walker and right winger Baker … The Battalion scratched Travis Mailhot, Simon Rose, Rhys Forhan, Jacob Ball, Daniil Vertiy and Alex Robert … Peterborough acquired Osmanski for fourth-round picks in 2018 and 2020.

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