The Peterborough Petes went through a tough weekend trio of games from November 28 to December 1rst. They played three divison rivals, and two of the games saw them travel to the opposing team’s rink. On Thursday, November 28th, in their only home game of the week, the Petes lost 5-2 to the Ottawa 67’s. CHL scoring leader, and recent Canadian junior camp invitee Corey Locke scored a goal and an assist, as the 67’s easily beat the Petes, who turned in a lackluster performance.
The 67’s, who are not known as a physical team, completely dominated Peterborough in the physical department, and the Peterboorugh fans were left very angry at the Petes performance.
On Friday, the maroon and white travelled to Kingston to play the cellar dwellers of the Eastern Conference, the Frontenacs. Kingston blew out the Petes early, and led 5-0 in the second before Peterborough managed to make the final score 7-4. The loss wasa major disappointment, however the Petes responded well in their next outing. Going into Oshawa on Sunday evening, many were expecting the Petes to be blown out, as Oshawa had an impressive win over Ottawa the previous Sunday, and were steadily climbing in the OHL standings. Greg Chambers led the Petes with two goals, and they were able to hold off a late Generals charge to escape with a 4-3 win.
On Thursday the 5th of December, the Petes played a return match with Kingston at home in the memorial centre, and destroyed the Frontenacs 5-0. Greg Chambers continued his stellar play, and he will be relied upon heavily in the coming weeks.
–As expected, Petes forward Eric Staal was named the Canadian selection camp for the World Junior tournament to be held in Halifax. Staal will be gone for about a week at the camp, and with a very good chance at making the club, he could be gone for nearly a month.
–Lukas Krajicek, the Petes star blueliner, was invited to the Czech Republic camp for the junior tournament. Krajicek is a virtual lock to make the team, especially with his experience from last year’s disappointing Czech squad. With Staal can Krajicek gone, David Currie will need to continue his outstanding play if the Petes want to avoid falling behind Kingston.
–The Petes dealt second year winger James Edgar to London for a 9th round draft pick in the 2004 OHL draft on Wednesday. The move was not all that surprising as Petes bench boss Rick Allain had been sitting Edgar frequently in recent weeks. Edgar had 1 assist and 63 penalty minutes through 20 games this season. While he won’t be missed on the scoresheet, Edgar will be missed by Petes fans as he always gave maximum effort on the ice, and was willing to fight just about anybody in the OHL, despite giving up a size disadvantage on most occassions.