The North Bay Battalion (2-5) looked to build off their 4-3 victory over the Ottawa 67’s on Wednesday as they welcomed the Peterborough Petes (5-2) to Memorial Gardens for the second straight year on Thanksgiving Monday.
The Petes picked up where they left off last season (a 7-3 victory on Thanksgiving) with a 4-1 win over the Troops.
“I was really excited to see our first 10 minutes," stated Battalion assistant coach Adam Dennis.
I felt like we did a lot of things well, even after the first goal went in, I thought we were still ok. Once that second goal went in, however, we’re a fragile group. The guys started to play away from what gave us success in the first portion of the game.”
The Peterborough goal scorers were Pavel Gogolev, Adam Timleck, Chad Denault and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Semyon Der-Arguchintsev. The lone goal getter for the Troops was Brad Chenier on the power play in the second period which cut the lead down to 3-1 after two periods of play.
Der-Arguchintsev got the Petes their three-goal lead back early in the third period.
Late in the game, however, the Battalion seemed to get back on track as Daniel Walker directed a puck into the net with his chest, but the call on the ice was overturned due to the fact that a player cannot direct the puck off any part of his body.
A highlight for North Bay however for the second straight game, Christian Propp turned in a remarkable game in net stopping 41 of 45 shots directed his way.
“I thought he was good and we need him to be good and we knew that coming in so he’s always going to have to be a steady force for us," said Dennis.
"The last two games I thought he was good and up to the task.”
Other Battalion news is overage forward Kyle Potts has been sent home, waiting to clear waivers as he has been cut from the team.
North Bay is back in action Friday when they travel to Flint, Michigan to take on the Flint Firebirds. Game time is at 7 p.m.