It’s been a dream start for Arizona Coyotes prospect Liam Kirk in the early part of his OHL career, helping the Peterborough Petes to a perfect 3 – 0 record.
Last night against the Niagara Ice Dogs in the first of a three game home stand was the best game of his short career in North America.
After starting the first two games on either the second or third line, Kirk was promoted to the first line, playing alongside team captain Zach Gallant and fifth year player Adam Timleck.
Coming into the meeting with a goal and an assist in his first two outings, Kirk added to that earning first star of the game honours in a 5 – 2 win where Kirk added his second goal, scoring the game winner late in the second period and should have added an assist in the game two but wasn’t credited with one on the Petes fourth goal.
Despite another dominant performance from head coach Rob Wilson’s side, they actually trailed at the end of the opening period, as Mathew Philip scored and assisted on Ben Jones’ goal to make it 2 – 1 after 20, with the Petes only response coming from Brady Hinz for his third of the year.
Early in the second, the Petes tied it up through Chad Denault, before Kirk was cruising to the net, and buried his opportunity from a nice feed out in front from Zach Gallant.
In the third period Cole Fraser made it a 4 – 2 hockey game with the only assist going to Austin Osmanski but Kirk should be credited with his second point of the game with a secondary assist on the insurance maker, and to close out the win Chris Paquette scored into the empty net for his OHL leading fifth point of the year, giving Peterborough a 5 – 2 win that keeps their perfect start going.
Hunter Jones continues to impress in the Petes cage, turning away 26 of 28 shots he faced on the night, and is really impressing in his first year as the teams starting goalie, and is really raising his profile ahead of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
Kirk and the Petes were also boosted by the season debut of Semyon Der-Arguchintsev who’s back from an impressive Toronto Maple Leafs training camp.
Peterborough now look ahead to a meeting early Sunday morning British time (12:05 puck drop) against the Hamilton Bulldogs before closing out the three game home stretch taking on the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds with another early morning face off for British hockey fans on October 5th.
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