Down 4-1 with just over 25 minutes left in the game, it seemed the Winterhawks were going to fall to the Saskatoon Blades in their own barn, but Petan had other plans. The Winnipeg Jets prospect closed out the second period with two quick goals and completed his natural hat trick with a marker early in the third to knot the game up at four. He went onto to tie the game up again with his fourth on the night at the 13:48 mark before Oliver Bjorkstrand scored the Winterhawks’ game-winner in the 6-5 affair. It is safe to assume Petan’s budget for Brendan Leipsic’s Christmas gift went up after the contest as he assisted all four of his goals.
Petan’s five-point night, which included a first-period assist on Bjorkstrand’s first goal, gives him 19 goals and 60 points in 28 games on the year. A combination of his outstanding point production, a strong showing in the Subway Super Series and another valiant effort at the tryout camp, assuming he receives an invite, should give him a quality case to represent Canada at the world junior championship in Sweden.Read More »from Portland Winterhawks’ Nicolas Petan notches 5-point night in comeback win: Sunday’s 3 Stars