Kirk Watch: Two points for Kirk and for Petes in mixed weekend

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Liam Kirk bagged another two points to his tally for the season for Peterborough Petes, but a three game weekend yielded only one victory.

It takes his tally to five points in his last seven games, but inconsistency seems to have set in at the Petes, where they are now sixth in the ten-team Eastern Conference and 12th overall.

Friday began in positive form with as Petes hosted Owen Sound Attack, a team with three straight wins going into the one and it was the home side who claimed the 4-3 victory, albeit with the help of overtime.

Peterborough did hit the hard way by going three up, with Adam Timleck on target in each goal and for most of two periods it looked like it was going to be a great night for them.

However Griffin Wilson pulled one back for Attack, giving them a lifeline and they sensed the blood in the water.

They added to it through Kaleb Pearson and Maksim Sushko, taking the game into the extra period where Brady Hinz scored the winner 1:54 in, including a secondary assist from our boy Kirk.

Peterborough then travelled to London for the second of the treble header for the first meeting of the season between the Petes and the Knights, but Rob Wilson’s men were unable to halt the run of form Knights had been on.

It was a sobering 7-3 loss for the Petes at Budweiser Gardens and after going five behind, Pavel Gogolev and Chris Paquette (2) made the scoreline a little more respectable.

It was on to the brilliantly named Progressive Auto Sales Arena and to Sarnia Sting, who played host on Sunday to complete Peterborough’s three-game weekend.

However, the Petes didn’t fare much better and lost by the same margin as they did on Saturday, but this time their opponents got a six-goal start on them before they found their own way to the net.

Cameron Butler scored for Peterborough eight minutes into the third period before quickly following up with a second by Adrien Beraldo 20 seconds later, with a little help from Kirk in the assist.

Max Grondin got the consolatory third goal, but the damage was long gone as Wilson and his team were left to reflect on an overall disappointing weekend.

WHAT’S NEXT?

Another three games to come for the Petes and instead of playing three in three, it’s three in four starting tonight.

PETERBOROUGH PETES vs KINGSTON FRONTENACS (Friday, 12:05am)

It’s Faith Night at Peterborough Memorial Centre when the Frontenacs come to town. Where Humboldt Broncos Chaplain Sean Brandon will speak post game of the hope that came from the tragendy that befell the Broncos and Humboldt earlier this year.

On the ice, Petes will look to climb out of their funk of losing four of their last five, but have their last four over them.

On current form, Kingston will look to improve themselves with four defeats in their last six and only one win on the road in nine.  Could this be a good night for the Petes?

ERIE OTTERS vs PETERBOROUGH PETES (Sunday, 12am)

It’s off to Erie for the first time this season when Rob Wilson takes his team on their latest road trip against a team who have lost their last two in their own barn, but have won five of their last eight at home.

Petes haven’t won in Erie in each of their last six visits, so would be overcoming quite a hoodoo if they were to pick up both points.

On the road though, Peterborough have won only one of their last seven on the road and although beat the Otters at home in overtime last month, this will be a different proposition.

HAMILTON BULLDOGS vs PETERBOROUGH PETES (Sunday, 7pm)

Not even 17 hours will have passed since coming off the ice at Erie when the Petes are in action again at Hamilton against a Bulldogs team two places below them in the Conference going into the weekend.

Dave Matsos’ side have lost their last three since beating the Petes 3-1 two weeks ago, but could have snapped that with two fixtures to play before they host Peterborough.

On head to head, the Bulldogs have a great record, with wins in all of their last seven previous meetings and last five at home.  It could be another tough night in store for the Petes.

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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