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Game Day: Petes vs. Generals

Oct 16, 2011 - 02:02 EDT
Written By: White, Chris

The Generals get set for this Sunday evening match-up against their long-time rivals, the Peterborough Petes with puck drop scheduled for 6:05pm.

Tonight is Great Clips night and all fans attending the game are invited to the upper medallion area at the General Motors Centre where they can receive a FREE haircut with a voluntary donation to the United Way of Durham Region. 

Also, during the second intermission of the game fans can take part in a special Chuck-A-Puck promotion with great prizes to be won courtesy of Great Clips.  Proceeds collected from the Chuck-A-Puck will be donated to the United Way of Durham Region.

This will be the first matchup between the Generals and Petes this season and will be the next chapter in their long and historic rivalry.  To top things off, tonight’s game will be the beginning of a home and home series as the Generals will travel to Peterborough this coming Thursday for round two of the season series, so both teams will likely try and set the tone early for the next 120 minutes of play.

The Generals got the better of the Petes last year finishing with a 6-1-1-0 record against their rivals.  Peterborough is a much improved team this season and has been off to a great start, leading the Eastern Division.

Returning players Matt Puempel (Ottawa Senators – 1st round pick), Austin Watson (Nashville Predators – 1st round pick) and Alan Quine (Detroit Red Wings – 3rd round pick) are all a year older and will be counted on to carry the Petes team back into the playoffs, something they missed out on last season.  The addition of goaltender Mike Morrison this summer along with the returning Andrew D’Agostini, who is off to a great start, should solidify their goaltending this season and put them in the mix in the Eastern Conference.

The Petes are off to a great start with six wins already this season, something they didn’t have until November 27th last season, showing that things are moving in the right direction.  Their last win came Friday night in a big 4-0 road win over the Guelph Storm.

Matt Puempel had a three point night (1 G, 2A) and Austin Watson had a goal and an assists while goaltender Mike Morrison earned his first shutout in a Petes uniform.

The Generals are coming off a 5-4 shootout loss last night at home against the Ottawa 67’s.  Lucas Lessio scored a hat-trick as part of a four point night and Christian Thomas had three assists.  Andy Andreoff played his first game at home since being sent by the LA Kings earlier in the week and had a goal and an assist.  Dan Altshuller had another strong performance in net making 36 saves.

The key player to watch for the Petes tonight will be Matt Puempel.

Puempel scored more goals (8) and points (12) against the Generals last season than any other player and is on fire to start the season, leading the Petes in scoring.  The Ottawa Senators draft pick is averaging over a point-per-game through his first two seasons in the OHL.

A player for the Generals to watch could be Sebastian Uvira.  The Freiburg, Germany native has shown that he is a spark plug early on this season with his physical play and his ability to chip in offensively.  Uvira got his first taste of the Peterborough-Oshawa rivalry during the pre-season, but knows that tonight’s game will be taken to the next level.

Tonight will wrap up the Generals three-in-three weekend and they will get a chance to catch their breath, but not for long.  The team will play the second half of the home-and-home series against the Petes Thursday night before playing another home double header next Saturday and Sunday.

The Generals host the Sudbury Wolves next Saturday night at 7:05pm before wrapping up against the Saginaw Spirit on Sunday at 6:05pm in their only visit to the General Motors Centre this season.