Saturday night was shaping up to be a pretty normal one for Nick Robertson.
The second-round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2019 NHL Draft had found the back of the net twice for his Peterborough Petes and was killing a penalty against the Mississauga Steelheads midway through the third period of an OHL regular season game. After creating a turnover, he raced down the ice with teammate Semyon Der-Arguchintsev. Robertson sent the puck to Der-Arguchintsev — a third-round selection of the Maple Leafs in 2018 — before getting it back, making a gorgeous move and tucking the biscuit into the back of the net.
That’s when things went a little bit sideways.
After Robertson took a shove from Steelheads forward Keean Washkurak, things quickly escalated and within seconds gloves were falling all over the ice at the Peterborough Memorial Centre.
Nick Robertson gets a pass from SDA and finishes his hat-trick shorthanded. Then, everyone starts throwing hands. Leafs fans gonna love every second of this. pic.twitter.com/BRTT9sAyA4— Stan Temming (@stantemming) October 27, 2019
Der-Arguchintsev jumped to the defence of Robertson by knocking Washkurak off his skates with a healthy push. That’s when everyone gathered and squared off.
The result was five pretty healthy scraps and plenty of work for the game’s officials.
While only 22 minutes in penalties — including four fighting majors — were handed out as a result of the madness, the referees assessed a total of five misconducts during that stoppage alone.
Once the final whistle of the Petes’ 10-3 victory blew, the two sides had combined for 49 minutes in penalties and nine misconducts. (You know, just your average night of OHL puck.)
Back to Robertson’s goal for a moment, though.
The stunning shorthanded tally completed his first hat-trick of the season and gave him an OHL-best 16 goals in 14 games. The 18-year-old has put a shot between the pipes in all but three contests so far this season. Simultaneously, Der-Arguchintsev’s assist boosted his total to 20. That put him in a tie for league-best in that department.
Although the two are still a number of years away from making it to the NHL, their budding chemistry is definitely something for Leafs fans to smile about.
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