The Peterborough Petes, who finished sixth in the Eastern Conference and third in the East Division, will play the East Division’s second ranked Oshawa Generals in the first round of the playoffs.
Peterborough had a 2-5-1-0 record against Oshawa during the 2018-19 regular season but are ready to crush it in the playoffs. The division rivals last met in the first round four years ago, with the Generals taking the series 4-1 on route to winning the 2015 MasterCard Memorial Cup. The long-time rivals have met in the post-season 14 times dating back to 1973.
The full schedule is as follows…
-> Game 1: Friday, March 22nd at 7:35 p.m. – Tribute Communities Centre
-> Game 2: Sunday, March 24th at 6:05 p.m. – Tribute Communities Centre
-> Game 3: Tuesday, March 26th at 7:05 p.m. – Peterborough Memorial Centre
-> Game 4: Thursday, March 28th at 7:05 p.m. – Peterborough Memorial Centre
-> Game 5: Saturday, March 30th at 7:05 p.m. – Tribute Communities Centre (if necessary)
-> Game 6: Sunday, March 31st at 7:05 p.m. – Peterborough Memorial Centre (if necessary)
-> Game 7: Tuesday, April 2nd at 7:05 p.m. – Tribute Communities Centre (if necessary)
Playoff tickets are on sale now and are available through the Baker Tilly Box Office in person, over the phone at (705) 743-3561, and online.
Have words of motivation or support for your Petes ahead of the playoffs? Send the team your personalized fan mail here and they’ll post your messages for the lads, both on the road and once they get back home.
Liam Kirk’s first OHL hat trick and Adam Timleck’s first four point game helped the Peterborough Petes clinch a spot in the 2019 OHL Playoffs with a 6-5 win over the Battalion in North Bay on Sunday afternoon.
With three regular season games left, the Petes have picked a perfect time to get hot. The win was their third straight and seventh in their last nine games.
Photo courtesy Peterborough Petes
Tickets for playoff home games 1 and 2 will go on sale to Petes season ticket members and the general public on Wednesday, March 13th at 9:30 a.m. through the Baker Tilly Box Office at the Peterborough Memorial Centre.
Season ticket members can purchase tickets in person or over the phone at (705) 743-3561, while the general public can also purchase online.
You hear a lot about backyard rinks but not backyard curling rinks. Well Aaron Kempf managed to MacGyver a mint one in his Peterborough backyard—all at a cost of only about $100.
Kempf fashioned lights across his backyard in the summer so he could ride his pump track—a type of off-road terrain for cycle sport—after his daughter went to bed, and the rink was a way to continue to take advantage of the lights throughout the winter and also a good excuse to get out of the house on winter nights.
Below is his summer cycle track (the rink he built would be constructed on the opposite side of the yard)…
HOW HE MADE THE RINK
“Construction was as simple as I could make it,” says Kempf, who describes himself as “handyish” depending on what the project is and how good the YouTube videos are. “I came across this idea last year and wanted to give it a try. It is basically a landscaping project which I’m comfortable with as it has a high threshold for mistakes. We like having projects on the go so this was a pretty easy one to try.”
At first, Kempf tried just shoveling snow in order to make a rink outline but the first few snow falls they got in November and December all melted. “In early January, I bought a couple 1x4s and made a rough frame for the rink. I then spent a weekend spraying several thin coats of water,” he tells PTBOCanada.
Kempf says the 1x4s did not create a water tight seal so he chipped a bunch of ice from a couple puddles that had formed in the corners of the pump track and used that to fill the gaps. After that, he continued slowly flooding it.
“There were a few leaks along the way,” Kempf says. “Next year, I’ll probably build a sturdier frame and line it with plastic to keep our water usage down. After I had an even coat of ice across the whole rink and it was thick enough to walk on, I installed the rings.”
The outer blue rings are two round plastic tablecloths he got from Dollarama. Kempf measured so each ring was a foot wide and cut the excess off. The red rings are from a single rectangle plastic tablecloth—also from Dollarama. He cut it in half and freehanded two circles with a sharpie and a pair of scissors. After that, he set them on the ice and flooded overtop a few times.
The rink was made on the opposite side of the yard from the pump track
HOW HE MADE THE CURLING STONES
The rocks were made from two $1.25 metal bowls from Dollar Tree—”the bowls at Dollarama were twice the price and too tall,” says Kempf, who punched a hole through the top of half of them with a screwdriver and then cut out a rough circle with a jigsaw.
“I used construction adhesive to attach them together, filled them with concrete and inserted some threaded metal pipe for the handles. Once they were set I trimmed the handles so they wouldn’t stick out passed the edge of the bowl, inserted a small piece of foam on each handle and wrapped them in blue and red hockey tape.”
The last step in creating the rocks required cutting a slit out of foam backer rod with an razer blade and wrapping it around each rock.
“This is to minimize damage to the bowls when they hit each other as I’m not working with an actual chunk of granite like a real curling rock,” explains Kempf. “They are probably half the size and weight of regulation curling rocks but they work well with the dimensions of the rink (about 8’ by 30’).”
After all this ingenuity, it was time to chillax and throw the rocks in the tee (hopefully)…
AARON’S WIFE ALIX GIVING IT A TRY
The family has made good use of the rink thus far, including Aaron’s wife Alix and his folks who are in town from British Columbia for a couple weeks of visiting.
Kempf himself is no Olympic curler or anything—”I have curled once in my life before this, watched it on TV a few times, and course seen the Paul Gross classic Men with Brooms—but that’s besides the point.
He’s not the best skater so a traditional rink didn’t make sense, wanted to take advantage of Canadian winter, of having a backyard (“we moved from a Toronto apartment a few years ago so we are trying to make the most of it”), plus Google made it look relatively easy to build.
And if you build it, they will come…
Die-hard curlers, might say—as Kempf notes—that the ice isn’t perfect. “I didn’t try to pebble it, and anyone with actual curling skills would probably be irritated with the imperfections.”
But like any sport and any rink, you have to start somewhere. And why not hurry hard and sweep on your DIY backyard curling rink in Peterborough?
The Peterborough Petes announced at an exclusive fan appreciation event at the Junction Nightclub on Wednesday evening (January 23rd) that the team will return to wearing maroon and white jerseys beginning next season.
The white jerseys will feature maroon panels and piping, while the maroon jerseys will feature white panels and piping. Both jerseys will feature a single-colour logo and a Peterborough Lift Lock patch on each shoulder. The current black jersey, with cream and maroon accents, will remain as the team’s third jersey.
“While our current jersey design was well received when it was unveiled ahead of the 2014-15 season, fans, players and staff have continued to express their fondness for our traditional colours,” says Petes President Dave Pogue. “We’re excited to continue to pay homage to our storied history, but with a modern design.”
Season ticket holder Patrick McAuley had this to say in a tweet…
Trent University nursing student Sarah Miller has earned a tremendous honour, becoming Trent Judo Club’s first female black belt. The promotion was made by Sensei Tom Hino and the Trent Judo Club to Sarah, along with the assistance of Sensei Paul Teleki as her Uke partner, at Trent Athletics Centre on Monday (December 10th) evening.
Sarah Miller: “This black belt promotion is truly an honour.”
“This black belt promotion is truly an honour,” says Sarah. “I began Judo at three years old. I was taught discipline, courage, modesty and respect for my fellow Judoka. I learned very quickly that it’s not easy to win, and losing is sometimes harder. Competing at the Canadian Nationals was truly an honour and taking home the bronze medal was great but this milestone allowed me to remember why I love this sport so much. Judo is a part of my life and not a day goes by that I don’t remember what this great sport has taught me.”
Left to right: Eric Guy, Paul Teleki, Sarah Miller & Tom Hino
Sensei Tom Hino says Sarah’s promotion is significant for the following three reasons:
“1. The ratio of men and women is often one sided in Judo, therefore Sarah's black belt promotes positive role modeling for the girls in our Junior classes to be equals among genders. 2. Since the opening of our club in January 2011, we produced 5 Shodan (1st degree) black belt and 1 Ni-dan and Sarah’s accomplishment is a perfect addition to the team.
Sarah holding her Uke partner Paul
3. Sarah is a Trent U student with a heavy workload. Nevertheless she accomplished this feat which indicates Judo training can go hand-in-hand with academic success for all levels of study (from elementary to Ph.D.). Last year, we had a Master Degree student who got Ph.D. as well as his black belt and went on to become a professor at Queens.”
Hockey, baseball or soccer not your thing? Just wanna try something new? Don’t you fret and don’t you frown, because Peterborough is full of other random options. Learn about these 11 local leagues/clubs you might not know even existed…
1.Peterborough Ultimate League: It’s kind of like football but with a frisbee… and way more running! For more info:https://pultimate.ca/
2.Peterborough Axe Club: Chucking steel has never been so fun. They have leagues for everyone. For more info:https://www.ptboaxe.com/
7. Pickleball: A hybrid sport between ping pong, badminton, and tennis! There are awesome courts at Knights of Columbus Park or play indoors at many local gyms. For more info:https://twitter.com/pickleballptbo
Congrats to the Fleming Fire Combat Team, which took the Canadian 2018 National FireFit Championships in Calgary by storm. They brought home a National bronze medal in the co-ed relay and a silver medal in the co-ed X3 division.
The team has gained much momentum since its inception in 2014, and over the last three years brought home National medals competing against the fastest and fittest firefighters from across Canada.
Photo courtesy Fleming College
Seven national qualifying students and two coaches travelled to Calgary to compete against the best at the Canadian National FireFit Championships, which was televised by TSN. This year, the team upped their game by not only competing against other schools but also competing in the Open category as a way to be considered equals in the sport.
The 2018 Fleming Fire Combat Team was comprised of two volunteer coaches: full-time firefighter Shawna Coulter and 2015 team Alumni Trevor Russell. The team included Kendal Freshwater, Gaelen Palleske, Drew Goble, Kaylea Brunatti, Eric Fregonas, Mak Hope and Logan Cornelius. (Team member Janell Stonehouse was unable to attend this year’s competition.)
“I am very proud of the team’s outstanding effort and dedication,” says Shawna Coulter. “It is a huge commitment for these young people and often a juggling act between academic, work and training schedules. The team took on the challenge with enthusiasm. Their drive and genuine love for the sport is demonstrated at every practice and at every competition.”
More than 65 alumni are returning to Peterborough October 12th to 14th to commemorate their time with the Petes.
As part of this special Alumni Homecoming weekend, the Petes will wear specialty jerseys designed by PTBO Northern Originals against the Windsor Spitfires on October 13th.
These are the jerseys the Petes will be sportin’…
Almost the entire 1978-79 Petes team—the only Memorial Cup winning Petes team in franchise history—will be on hand for the special pre-game ceremony on Saturday, October 13 at 7:05 p.m.
The alumni will take part in exclusive events including a mixer, golf and meals. Fans will have the chance to interact with alumni at an all-you-can-eat Petesa Party. (“Petesa” party, clever!)
The Petes specialty theme jerseys pay tribute to the history of the club, and will be auctioned off online in support of Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy and Muscular Dystrophy Canada.
“We wanted to include as many eras of Petes history in the design as we could, with the focus being on the 1979 Memorial Cup team but also commemorating all of the team’s alumni,” says Mike Watt, owner of Providence and co-designer of the commemorative jerseys the Petes will wear. For more info on the special weekend, go here.
While the event has drawn big crowds in the past, organizers hope this year will be even bigger as they embrace the opportunity to showcase the community’s passion for suicide awareness and mental health to the Parliamentary Assistant to Ontario’s Minister of Health, who is expected to be in attendance.
From left to right: Dave Pogue from Team 55, Jack Veitch from CMHA and Jeff Challice from TASSS.
At the opening ceremonies, this year’s special guest will be speaker Neil Sanderson of Three Days Grace. The Canadian band, including the Adam Scott alumnus, is about to embark on a European tour before returning for a Canadian tour in late November.
Friday Night Lights begins September 21st at noon with games and a barbeque, and the Open Ceremonies start at 6 p.m. The main event kick-off is at 7 p.m. For more on Friday Night Lights and Team 55, watch this recent interview we conducted with Dave Pogue on PTBOCanada show…