Don’t look now, but the Peterborough Petes are heading to the OHL Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in 11 years! After a great regular season that saw them lock up top spot in the Eastern Conference throughout the regular season, the Petes have had a more or less flawless start to their playoffs, going 8-0 to dispatch the Niagara IceDogs and now the Kingston Frontenacs from the 2017 playoffs. The last time the Petes swept their first two playoff series was in 1989-90, where they swept the Ottawa 67’s and then the Belleville Bulls… and the Bulls aren’t a team anymore, so it’s been a while (though having said that, it WAS only two years ago that the Bulls relocated to Hamilton and became the Bulldogs).
Last night it was birthday boy Steve Lorentz (who turned 21 yesterday) and Jonathan Ang who led the way for the Petes with two goals each. Kingston native Chris Paquette added another, but probably the most noteworthy play of the night came in the dying seconds. With less than a minute remaining and the future of the Frontenacs’ season hinging on scoring three goals in that time, Petes’ goalie Dylan Wells, who is better known for making huge stops like this…
… took a puck behind his net that had been dumped in from just outside the Petes’ blue line. With his team killing a penalty and no threat of being charged for icing, Wells decided to go for it and take a shot all the way down the ice, Martin Brodeur-style, for an attempt at his first career goal… And it turns out his aim with that goalstick is pretty damn good.
Toward the end, you hear them say it’s a Brodeur-style goal, not a Billy Smith-style goal. Here’s the difference:
On Martin Brodeur’s first career goal, he shot the puck the entire length of the ice into the empty net. Here, you’ll see that, as well as his other two career NHL goals:
And on the flipside, there’s Billy Smith’s goal, where he was the last Islander to touch the puck before Colorado shot it into their own net:
Wells has already been outstanding in the playoffs, backstopping the Petes to their perfect 8-0 record through the first two rounds. Add scoring a goal to that (something only 9 goalies in NHL history have ever done), and the Edmonton Oilers prospect is all over the sports headlines!
— OntarioHockeyLeague (@OHLHockey) April 14, 2017
— PTBO_CANADA (@Ptbo_Canada) April 14, 2017
— theScore (@theScore) April 14, 2017
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) April 14, 2017
Wells even got a shoutout from an opposing OHL team:
— North Bay Battalion (@OHLBattalion) April 14, 2017
AND from the in-stadium voice of the Kingston Frontenacs, K-Rock Centre PA Announcer Sideshow:
— Sideshow (@TheRealSideshow) April 14, 2017
For Wells? Ah, just another day at the rink.
— Peterborough Petes (@PetesOHLhockey) April 14, 2017
Up next for the Petes is either the Mississauga Steelheads or Oshawa Generals, and that series is expected to start on Thursday, April 20th right here in Peterborough!