Peterborough wins 5-2

NORTH BAY, Ont. — Mason McTavish scored two goals to power the touring Peterborough Petes to a 5-2 victory over the North Bay Battalion in an Ontario Hockey League game Thursday night.

Nick Robertson and Semyon Der-Arguchintsev each contributed one goal and one assist and J.R. Avon also scored as the Petes continued a run of nine road games during renovations to the Peterborough Memorial Centre.

Goaltender Hunter Jones made 29 saves for the Petes, who have a won-lost-extended record of 3-1-0.

Mason Primeau and Luke Moncada scored for North Bay, 1-4-0. Goaltender Joe Vrbetic faced 45 shots before a Memorial Gardens crowd of 2,180.

“Joe played a really good game,” said Battalion coach Stan Butler. “He battled hard.

“I felt bad for him on the third and fourth goals. On the fourth goal, he makes the initial save, and we have three guys standing beside McTavish and he just outworks them and puts the puck in the net.”

The game was tied 2-2 late in the third period when the Petes struck for two goals 13 seconds apart. Robertson netted the winner at 15:07, sweeping the rebound of Declan Chisholm’s shot from the blue line around Vrbetic’s left pad on the backhand, and McTavish followed, jamming a loose puck home from the lip of the crease.

Vrbetic left for a sixth attacker at 17:08, and Der-Arguchintsev hit the empty net at 17:37.

The visitors scored first at 9:03 of the opening period. Vrbetic stopped Matt McNamara’s shot off the right wing but kicked the rebound to Avon, who was unguarded in the slot.

Primeau’s second goal of the season tied it at 17:09 as he redirected Braden Henderson’s right-point lob past Jones from deep in the right circle. Pacey Schlueting earned the second assist, his first point of the campaign.

Rookie McTavish made it 2-1 at 7:40 of the second period, one second after a crosschecking penalty to Henderson expired. McTavish, who has four goals, moved into the left circle and beat Vrbetic between the legs.

Penalty killer Moncada replied at 19:16 as he took a feed from Brad Chenier, eluded Chisholm and put a wrister over Jones’s glove.

Vrbetic, who faced 20 shots in the period, turned away good chances by McTavish, Robertson, Der-Arguchintsev and Zach Gallant. The Battalion had 13 shots, testing Jones often late in the period. Cameron Peters drove to the net in the 16th minute and was followed quickly by Niki Korpialho, who made a strong move off the right wing.

The Battalion visits the Oshawa Generals at 7:35 p.m. Friday.

BATTALION BULLETS: Disability Employment Awareness Night, presented by Community Living North Bay, featured restaurant gift cards, a Sidney Crosby action figure and Mario Lemieux cards as prizes. The CLNB Employment Services booth conducted a draw for a gift basket, which included a Connor McDavid wall piece … Opening lines featured Matthew Struthers centring left winger Chenier and right winger Brandon Coe, Primeau pivoting left winger Harrison Caines and right winger Mitchell Russell and Moncada centring Peters on left wing and Liam Arnsby on right wing. Josh Currie centred left winger Kyle Jackson and Korpialho on right wing … The Battalion scratched Ryan Thompson, David Campbell and Alex Christopoulos … Korpialho, a second-round pick in the Canadian Hockey League Import Draft in June from Finland, made his OHL debut. He had 12 goals and 11 assists for 23 points in 41 games with the TPS Turku under-18s last season … North Bay went 0-for-2 on the power play. Peterborough was 0-for-5 … Assistant coach Adam Dennis was back on the Battalion bench after losing two games to illness … Peterborough’s Michael Little returned from a four-game suspension incurred in exhibition play … Petes defenceman David Maier played last season for North Bay. The Austrian import had three goals and 16 assists for 19 points in 49 games … Brent Coulombe and Len Wood were the referees.

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