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Petes hang on to win 4-3 over Colts

Photo Courtesy of Clifford Skarstedt/Peterborough Examiner/QMI AGENCY

While the Peterborough Petes are off to a good start to the second half, coach Jody Hull is reserving his excitement.

The Petes picked up their third straight win after Christmas squeaking past the Barrie Colts 3-2, led by Nick Ritchie’s two goals including a penalty shot marker and the winner, before 2,340 fans at the Memorial Centre Thursday.

It moved the Petes two points past the Mississauga Steelheads for sixth in the OHL’s Eastern Conference and within four of the North Bay Battalion and five of Barrie.

Yet, Hull has seen tendencies the past two games, including a 5-1 win in Belleville Wednesday, that aren’t part of his game plan.

“We’re trying to get our guys to play a certain way every night,” Hull said. “We were good our first game back (a 4-2 win over Oshawa Saturday). We’ve been so-so our last couple. (Barrie) were missing a couple of guys in terms of depth to be able to play four lines and had to play some of their guys more than maybe they’re accustomed to. You have to take advantage of those things but we have to learn to play our style of game rather than the style other teams are playing. Sometimes you can get led down the wrong path.”

The Colts had the first period’s only goal as Tyson Fawcett drove a middle lane to convert Zach Hall’s pass at 13:35. Ritchie got his penalty shot 4:56 into the second after goalie Mackenzie Blackwood threw his stick at a loose puck. Ritchie, as he’s done during two shootout goals this season, ripped a shot high blocker.

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