Kirk Watch: Petes lose but national pride restored for Liam

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Liam Kirk saw his Peterborough Petes side suffer defeat in their only game of the week as Hamilton Bulldogs took the points in a 3-1 success on Saturday.

It was a closely fought game that took until late in the third for the Bulldogs to pull away and confirm the points, making it their seventh straight win over the Petes.

Adam Timleck’s fourth goal of the season opened the scoring for Rob Wilson’s side with four minutes to go in the second period.

Bulldogs hit back through Avery Hayes early in the third then Hamilton added to it through Brandon Saigeon to put them 2-1 ahead.

Only 16 seconds remained on the clock when Nicolas Mattinen secured the insurance goal and consigned the Petes to their second straight loss, both at home.

Liam got three shots, but couldn’t add to his recent run of points he’d picked up in the last few games.

However, ahead of the three-game weekend to come, he got the call that he was selected in Slava Koulikov’s squad for the Great Britain Under 20s team heading to Estonia in January.

Kirk is back in the national fold after picking up three medals last year, two gold and one bronze and will be keen to add to his gold collection after the success of the top team last year.

He tweeted his pride at being selected, but has more pressing issues as the Petes face three-in-three, starting tonight (Thursday).

WHAT’S NEXT?

Peterborough Petes vs Owen Sound Attack (Friday, 12.05am)

After a 5-2 defeat at Owen Sound almost three weeks ago, Petes are on hosting duties when Todd Gill brings his team to the Peterborough Memorial Centre.

Attack have won their last three going into this game and have three victories from their last four on the road, so a tough game could be in store for Rob Wilson and his team.

London Knights vs Peterborough Petes (Saturday, 12.30am)

Petes are off to duel with the Knights on Friday night/Saturday morning in the second of their three-game marathon and take on a team on form, with London securing six straight wins going into this one.

Knights have had the better of the previous meetings, winning three of their last four, but this is the first meeting between them this season so Petes fans will be hoping to get the points here.

Sarnia Sting vs Peterbrough Petes (Sunday, 12.05am)

The end of the triple header ends at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena and another first meeting of the season when the Petes head to Sarnia Sting, a team third bottom of the overall standings going into the weekend.

Sting were without a win in six heading into the weekend, but host Oshawa Generals before the Petes roll into town. With losses in each of their last five meetings, Petes will be hoping to turn that around here.

Fans who wish to watch any of this game can check them out on the OHL Live site. Information can be found here: https://ohl.neulion.com/ohl/schedule?day=11/4/2018

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