Kirk Watch: Two more points in another mixed week for Petes

(PHOTO: Peterborough Petes)

Peterborough Petes suffered another mixed week in the OHL this week, but Liam Kirk picked a point in each of their two games.

The English youngster continued his progress on the top line for Rob Wilson’s side as they won one and lost one in another frustrating couple of games.

They headed to the Leon Centre in Kingston on Friday to face the Frontenacs, a team who had lost their previous two going into the game.

A 4-3 win was the sum of their efforts, to add to the 3-2 win over Oshawa Generals the previous night as Kirk picked up an assist in the second goal.

New signing Max Grondin got the opening goal for the Petes, with Chris Paquette adding a second after Kingston had equalised initially.

Cole Fraser and Paquette’s second in the empty net secured the victory, despite a couple of markers from the Fronts either side of those goals.

Liam also had some visitors as a young Sheffield Steelers fan named Josh went to meet his former Steelers idol and the Petes brought us this video as both lads had a chat.

Game faces were back on for Tuesday when the Petes hosted Kitchener Rangers, meeting them for the first time this season and Rangers were on a good run of six wins in their last seven.

Kirk helped out with the first as Erik Čermák equalised for the Petes, cancelling out Kitchener’s opening goal to end the first period level, before the same player added a second to put Peterborough ahead.

Rangers hit back with two strikes to go 3-2 ahead, but Chris Paquette levelled on the powerplay as they looked to stopped on-form Kitchener in their tracks.

However two more goals for the visitors ensured the points were leaving the Peterborough Memorial Centre and ended the week on a low for Rob Wilson and assistant coach Derrick Walser.

WHAT’S NEXT?

Peterborough Petes vs Hamilton Bulldogs (Sunday, 12.35am UK time)

It’s back to the drawing board and with three in three coming next week, this weekend sees the Petes only game of the weekend.

Bulldogs are coached by former Steelers coach Dave Matsos and have just snapped a five-game losing run when they beat Owen Sound Attack 5-2 on Saturday.

However, their record over the Petes has been good, beating them twice this season already (3-2 and 7-1) and wins in each of their last six meetings. The Petes have won only one of their last eight over them.

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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