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Belleville Bulls survive 3-2 in double overtime
By Brampton Battalion | Published  04/23/2009 | Sports & Leisure | Rating:
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Brampton- The Belleville Bulls worked overtime Thursday night to earn themselves another day.

Nick Palmieri's second goal of the game, on the power play at 18:44 of the second overtime period, lifted Belleville to a 3-2 Ontario Hockey League victory over the Brampton Battalion, staving off playoff elimination for the Bulls.

The Battalion, now leading the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Championship Series 3-2, hosts Game 6 in a quick turnaround at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Matt Duchene was off for tripping, the Troops' second penalty in overtime, when Palmieri jammed the puck past Battalion goaltender Thomas McCollum from a scrum. It was Palmieri's 12th goal of the playoffs and seventh of the series.

Matthew Tipoff scored one goal and assisted on the winner for top-seeded Belleville, while goaltender Mike Murphy made 54 saves, including 19 in overtime.

Cody Hodgson, who also had an assist, and Evgeny Grachev scored for the second-seeded Battalion, which received 34 saves from McCollum, 14 in overtime, before a crowd of 3,308.

The first overtime game of the series was the longest in Battalion history.

"You have to give Murphy credit," said Battalion coach Stan Butler. "He made some great saves, and so did Thomas, but at the end of the day it's a tough way to lose."

Said Butler: "The thing for us now is we've got to regroup and get ready for tomorrow. The Bulls battled hard and competed hard, and that's a credit to their coaching staff."

Each team had an apparent goal disallowed. Referee Sean Reid waved off a would-be goal by Hodgson at 12:44 of the scoreless third period, handing Matt Kang an interference penalty. Brandon Mashinter's apparent score 3:12 into overtime was negated because the Bulls had made contact with McCollum.

Hodgson scored his seventh goal 53 seconds into the second period to tie it 1-1, tapping in a cross-crease pass from Kang. Anthony Peluso had the other assist.

Belleville struck on the power play at 13:30 when Mashinter's knockdown in the goalmouth deflected off Tipoff past McCollum.

Grachev tied it 2-2 at 19:49 off a faceoff to Murphy's left after an abbreviated Battalion power play ended. Hodgson won the draw back to Grachev, who drilled home his 10th goal, tying Duchene for the club postseason record.

Palmieri scored the only goal of the first period 51 seconds into the game. He missed one-timing a pass from Cory Tanaka just to the right of McCollum but banked the rebound from the end boards off the goaltender's back.

Murphy made a cartwheeling save against penalty killer Hodgson, on a two-on-one rush with Jason Dale, in the fourth minute and, at the five-minute mark, stretched to get the right pad on a drive by Hodgson.

With the Bulls on the power play after a roughing call to Stephon Thorne at 10:41, Ken Peroff blocked a shot and was rendered near-immobile before McCollum covered up on a pointblank shot by Palmieri.

Stephen Johnston received a double minor for checking from behind on Thorne at 13:18, but the Battalion failed to take advantage. The Bulls responded with several counterattacks and had two shorthanded shots to the Troops' five with the numerical edge.

Battalion scratches were Kyle Pereira, Cameron Wind and Derek Gregorack. Belleville scratched Robert Stellick, Andy Bathgate and Dylan Goddard.

BATTALION NOTEBOOK: The Battalion has one win in three overtime games this postseason. The Troops have an all-time won-lost record of 5-11 in playoff overtime games, including 1-5 on the road … The Battalion's previous longest game was a 3-2 home-ice loss to the Barrie Colts in first-round action March 25, 2007. Bryan Little scored at 5:52 of the second extra session … The Battalion went 0-for-4 on the power play. Belleville was 2-for-9 … Eric Tangradi barreled into McCollum 21 seconds into the game, suffering a cut to the left hand that forced him from the game. Bulls coach George Burnett said Tangradi was doubtful for Game 6 … Grachev has five goals and seven assists for 12 points in an eight-game points streak. He leads the Battalion in series scoring with three goals and four assists for seven points … Palmieri has seven goals and three assists for 10 points to lead series scorers … Opening Battalion line combinations included Hodgson centring left winger Grachev and right winger Peluso, Duchene pivoting left winger Kang and right winger Scott Tanski and Thomas Stajan centring left winger Thorne and right winger Dale. Sam Carrick skated between left winger Craig Moore and right winger Andrew Merrett … With the teams tied 1-1, McCollum robbed Luke Pither with a right-pad save against the backdoor play with the Bulls on a second-period power play … Bryan Cameron went in alone on McCollum one minute into the third frame but backhanded a shot wide … Tanski stole the puck deep on the left wing and broke across Murphy's goalmouth only to be foiled at 9:34 of the third period … Bulls centre Cody Alcock marked his 17th birthday.
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