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Petes survive Battalion rally

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. — Mason McTavish scored three goals in a flashy return to the Ontario Hockey League, powering the Peterborough Petes to a 5-3 victory Thursday night over the North Bay Battalion, which saw a third-period rally fall short.

J.R. Avon had one goal and one assist and James Guo the other goal for Peterborough, which moved its won-lost-extended record to 7-10-1 for 15 points, last in the East Division and ninth in the Eastern Conference. Goaltender Tye Austin, who won a second straight start, made 19 saves before 2,247 at the Peterborough Memorial Centre.

McTavish played his first game since being returned to the Petes by the Anaheim Ducks, who made him the third overall pick in the National Hockey League Draft in July.

Brandon Coe had two goals and one assist and Josh Currie also scored for North Bay, which lost for the first time in five games and is 12-7-1 for 25 points, first in the Central Division and conference. Goaltender Dom DiVincentiis faced 33 shots as the Battalion opened a three-game eastern swing.

The Troops lost Tnias Mathurin to a shoulder injury late in the first period and Liam Arnsby to a checking-from-behind major and game misconduct late in the second.

The Battalion trailed 4-1 after 40 minutes, but Coe connected at 14:04 of the third period as he rushed to the net, eluded Konnor Smith and snapped the puck over Austin’s glove. Matvey Petrov and Avery Winslow assisted on Coe’s 11th goal of the season.

DiVincentiis left for a sixth skater with 2:14 to play and the Troops on the power play. Coe, who was denied on a shorthanded breakaway off the right wing in the 16th minute, fed the puck from the right wing to Currie, who chipped it in from the lip of the crease to cut the deficit to 4-3. Petrov also assisted on Currie’s eighth goal.

DiVincentiis returned to the bench for an extra attacker when the Petes’ Kaspars Ziemins went off for tripping at 19:20, but McTavish finished the scoring at 19:29, firing the puck the length of the ice into the open net.

McTavish opened the scoring at 13:04 of the first period, scooping up a loose puck and sweeping the disc around a seated DiVincentiis, and defenceman Guo made it 2-0 at 1:54 of the second period, whipping a wrister over DiVincentiis’s glove from the top of the left circle.

Coe replied with the man advantage at 8:41. Austin stopped Mitchell Russell in close, and the rebound squirted to Coe, who put it home.

McTavish then scored unassisted at 14:45, beating DiVincentiis low to the glove side from the slot off a turnover at the blue line and a rush through traffic.

The Battalion was killing Arnsby’s major for a check on Ziemins when Avon scored at 19:06. Joe Carroll’s shot from the right circle glanced off the left post to Avon, who shoveled the puck into the net for his 10th goal.

Peterborough outshot North Bay 17-6 in the period, but Currie had a good chance in tight early in the frame, and Arnsby hit the crossbar from the high slot in the 14th minute.

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

BATTALION BULLETS: It was the third meeting between the teams, after the Battalion won the season opener 7-4 at home Oct. 7 and 6-3 at Peterborough on Nov. 4. The teams complete their four-game season series Feb. 18 at Memorial Gardens … The Battalion went 2-for-6 on the power play. Peterborough was 1-for-4 … Coe’s three-point game moved him into first place in the OHL scoring race with 36 points, two more than the Petes’ Tucker Robertson, who was held off the scoresheet … Coe has a nine-game assists streak in which he has earned 15 assists. In 208 career games, Coe has 63 goals and 90 assists for 153 points, tied with Lukas Havel for 15th place in franchise history … Petrov has a six-game points streak during which he has five goals and seven assists for 12 points … Russell played his 100th game since a Dec. 28, 2018, trade from the Owen Sound Attack. Russell has 39 goals and 35 assists for 74 points with the Troops after posting 18 points in 92 games for Owen Sound … The Battalion was without Cam Gauvreau and Owen Outwater, who is with Team Red at the Capital City Challenge, featuring three Canadian under-17 teams and the national women’s team, at Ottawa … Among the Petes’ scratches were Shawn Spearing and Brian Zanetti … Peterborough’s Emmett Sproule, who had two assists, is on an 18-game points streak in which he has eight goals and 21 assists for 29 points.

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