Game Report: Peterborough Petes Vs. Windsor Spitfires
The Windsor Spitfires made their lone appearance in Peterborough on October 5, 2002. 2500 fans packed the Memorial Centre, a true junior hockey rink if ever there was one, and were treated to a game that featured nearly all one could ask for in a hockey game. Within the first four minutes of the opening frame, OHL frequent fighters Cam Janssen and Bryan Hamm squared off in a much anticipated bout.
Both 2002 NHL draft picks (Janssen by New Jersey, Hamm by Dallas) threw some solid punches, however not much damage was done, and Janssen got the takedown. Windsor captain Tim Gleason took a roughing penalty shortly after play resumed, and a subsequent ten minute misconduct for arguing. The Petes power play could not click, and Windsor defenceman Paul Giallonardo scored a shorthanded goal to give the Spits an early 1-0 lead.
Midway through the period the Petes Jason Penner scored to tie the game at one heading to the first intermission.
The second period was filled with excitement. Windsor forward Ryan Donally scored early to give Windsor a 2-1 lead. It was the only goal of the period, but the middle frame was far from boring. Not long after his goal, Donally fought with Petes forward Josh Patterson. The fight ended with Donally bleeding profusely from a gash that appeared to be over his eye. Give Donally credit, though, he was back in the game quickly. James Edgar and Cam Janssen would tangle next, with Janssen getting his second decision of the night, somewhat more convincingly than against Hamm. The real story of the second period was the superb play of Petes goalie David Currie. Currie was the only reason the Petes remained in the game, as he faced 19 shots in the period. He made several excellent saves, flashing a quick glove hand and left leg more than once.
The third period was by far the best for the Petes. Rookie Greg Williams scored the tying and winning goals about ten minutes apart to give the Petes the victory. Williams has been very impressive thus far in his first OHL season. He has scored four goals in six games, and has become a crowd favorite for his hard working style.
Part of the appeal of seeing the Spitfires was to watch Ottawa Senators pick Tim Gleason, and former OHL scoring champion Kyle Wellwood. Gleason showed that his skating skills were just as good as advertised, as he made an end to end rush not three minutes into the game. Wellwood showed great stickhandling skills, and if Steve Ott were to return to provide a proven goal scorer, Wellwood very well could win his secon scoring title. As for the Petes, they played a typical Peterborough game. They were excellent at times, and also terrible at times. Granted, they were playing their third game in three nights. The Petes season record now stands at 3-2-2. They face Sault Ste. Marie next, as former Pete Matt Herneisen will return to Peterborough for the only time with the Greyhounds on Thursday, October 10th.