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Clarke scores twice to lead Peterborough Petes over Windsor Spitfires 7-5

Friday, 02.01.2013 / 3:14 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Clarke scores twice to lead Peterborough Petes over Windsor Spitfires 7-5

WINDSOR, Ont. - Michael Clarke scored twice, including the game-winner, as the Peterborough Petes defeated the Windsor Spitfires 7-5 in the Ontario Hockey League on Thursday.

Chase Hatcher, Stephen Pierog, Jonatan Tanus, Stephen Nosad and Greg Betzold had the other goals for the Petes (15-27-7), while Nick Ritchie chipped in with three assists.

Michael Giugovaz made 30 saves to pick up the win.

Clarke's first-period goal and third-period game winner were his first two as a Pete since being acquired from Windsor earlier this month.

The Petes jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first period and upped that advantage to 5-2 midway through the second.

Windsor goalie Jaroslav Pavelka was pulled after allowing five goals on 26 shots and was replaced by Jordan Dekort, who made 20 saves in a relief effort

Nick Ebert, Kerby Rychel, Remy Giftopoulos, Brady Vail, Ben Johnson scored for the Spitfires (20-22-7), who got three goals in just under eight minutes to knot the game at 5-5 after two periods of play.

But Clarke's second of the night and Betzold's empty-netter in the third period were the difference.

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What we expected is what we got. Very mature young individual that's focused. He is on the right track. He's not only a great hockey individual, but he's a good person off the ice. He seemed to take a leadership role with this group right off the hop and ran away with it, and was vocal, was respectful, was everything it takes to be a Panther. His future looks bright.

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