Smith then saved Fassal El Bakhtaoui's 14 yard shot from Josh Falkingham's cutback but it was by no means one-way traffic towards the home goal.
Sutherland's powerful running caused the league leaders problems and he tested Sean Murdoch with a shot on the turn midway through the half.
The former Inverness and Elgin attacker then set up Rory McAllister and Jamie Stevenson respectively but both players could not keep their efforts down.
The second half, playing against the wind, meant Peterhead had to be compact and dig in. To their credit, they restricted the leaders to few sights at goal, although Andy Geggan went very close with a glancing header from Joe Cardle's cross, which went just wide.
Geggan was then denied by an outstanding Smith stop in the 64th minute from a set piece. Michael Paton whipped in a free kick from the left and Geggan's goalbound header was superbly pushed behind for a corner by the Blue Toon number one.
Not content to take a point, Peterhead pushed back the Pars in the closing stages but were unable to create a clear cut opening although Sutherland was unlucky to see his wicked inswinging corner evade his team-mates and go behind for a goalkick.
All in all, a plucky performance and a deserved draw.
Strachan Ross Gilchrist Noble
Stevenson Ferry Dzierzawski Redman