Kirk Watch: Liam at the double on OHL return

Liam Kirk was drafted to Arizona in 2018 and went to Peterborough Petes for experience (PHOTO: Peterborough Petes)

Great Britain prospect Liam Kirk hit the goal trail immediately on his return to competitive action with Peterborough Petes this weekend.

The 19-year-old netted one goal in each of their two games as the Petes began on the road as their OHL campaign began with a win and a loss.

Friday’s opening game saw a 6-4 result at London Knights as Peterborough went behind, before Dustin Hutton and Brady Hinz turned the scoreline around.

Kirk finished off Semyon Der-Arguchintsev’s assist to give them a two-goal lead as the Petes started to take control.

His team-mates took the hint and fired another three into the net and although Knights hung on their coat tails with three markers of their own, it wasn’t enough.

Kirk and his team-mates headed to Windsor to take on the Spitfires on Saturday, hoping to continue where they left off.

But a second period collapse saw what was a healthy lead turn into a nightmare deficit to leave the Petes disappointed.

Like the night before, Kirk began in the first line and got a secondary assist on Mason McTavish’s opening goal.

The GB star got the fourth goal as Peterborough roared into a four-goal lead after five minutes of the second period.  Within seven minutes, the game was all square.

Spitfires added a further five goals in the third to inflict a 9-6 defeat on Wilson’s team to end the weekend on a low note.

For Kirk, it was a welcome return to the line-up after missing the final three pre-season games, especially when he’d scored three goals and picked up an assist in the first two.

This week, Petes have only one game when they take on Ottawa 67’s in another road encounter as they look to return to winning ways, against a team where they’ve gone beyond regulation time in each of their last three meetings.

Face off is at 2pm UK time and a webcast is available by clicking here:

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