PECI Staff-Student hockey game ends in 5-5 draw with plenty of laughs for everyone

Brady Terpstra has a great time cheering with the PECI Panther at the annual school staff-student hockey game at Huff Estates Arena on Thursday. (Jason Parks/Gazette Staff)



The Staff undefeated streak continues but the PECI Seniors gave their teachers a scare on Thursday, storming back from a 5-3 deficit to earn a 5-5 draw in the annual pre-March break get together at Huff Estates Arena that’s typically long on goals and even longer on laughs.

Head referee John Hatch examines an illegal stick with the help of guest emcee on skates Allan Etmanski at the PECI Staff-Student hockey game. (Jason Parks/Gazette Staff)

Expertly officiated by Prince Edward OPP Detachment Commander John Hatch, the game featured radar gun-measured shots, a skills display by Junior Panthers from the elementary panel and a dramatic comeback by the students that had everyone going home happy.

(Left) Student team member Alex Arsenault had a first period goal to tie the game 2-2.

PECI Student Alex Arsenault had a goal in the first period that seemed to lift his squad but goals from the staff side off the sticks of Joey Davies, Chase Lavender and Matt Sheahan helped build a three goal cushion after two periods.

PECI Student team member Bruce Reynolds was forced to use a mini stick for his penalty shot against Staff net minder Rob Garden. (Jason Parks/Gazette Staff)

That set the stage for a nice comeback effort by the students who have been unable to knock off the Staff dating back before the 2006 game.