It’s nearly a month since the 2018/19 season began and the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League currently sit top of the East Division with a 5-2-0 record, with the team gearing up for a meeting with the Erie Otters early Friday morning for us here in the UK.
For one Brit the game will be on at a normal time as Liam Kirk continues his impressive start to his OHL career ahead of the 7pm ET face off on Thursday night.
Peterborough are coming off the back of a convincing 4 – 1 win over the North Bay Battalion on Monday, improving their record to five wins and 10 points early in the long season.
After picking up his first OHL point in his first OHL game, 18-year-old Kirk has put up two goals and two assists through his opening seven games, and has featured on the teams top line on more than one occasion, featuring alongside Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Semyon Der-Arguchintsev recently after the Russian centre returned from the Leafs training camp and is entering his third season for the Petes.
With a meeting against the Erie Otters coming up, Peterborough will be looking to continue their impressive offensive display, with 28 goals on the year so far being good enough for fifth best in the league, and after only allowing 18 against (third least in the OHL) they’ll rely on the strong netminding of Hunter Jones against the Otters who are yet to get their offense going this year, with 17 goals and just one win on the year.
After they play host to the Otters, Kirk and the Petes two more games in two days, first hitting the road to take on the Oshawa Generals and then returning to the Peterborough Memorial Centre to take on the Windsor Spitfires on Saturday night, to complete three games in three days.
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