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St. Jacques provides winning edge
By Brampton Battalion | Published  02/5/2011 | Sports & Leisure | Unrated
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The Brampton Battalion are a junior ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey League.  Battalion Headquarters: Brampton Battalion Hockey Club, 7575 Kennedy Rd. South, Brampton, Ontario L6W 4T2 Phone: (905) 874-2393 Email: info@battalionhockey.com.  Brampton native Stuart McComish has served as the Battalion's website co-ordinator since Februrary 2000.  Visit the Brampton Battalion for more information. 

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Brampton - The Brampton Battalion’s paucity of scoring wasn’t solved Friday night, but a shutout-worthy performance by goaltender Cody St. Jacques allowed the team to end an Ontario Hockey League losing streak at four games.

Barclay Goodrow’s goal at 14:39 of the third period was the winner in a 2-1 verdict over the Belleville Bulls as St. Jacques, who made 20 stops, several of the game-saving variety, saw his shutout bid ended by a Luke Judson power-play goal at 19:55 of the frame.

Scott Tanski also scored for the Battalion, which won for the first time since a 3-2 victory via shootout over the host Plymouth Whalers on Jan. 21. The Troops haven’t scored more than two goals through overtime since a 6-5 road loss to the Windsor Spitfires after an eight-round shootout Jan. 20.

“It was another game where we continued to miss really good chances,” said coach Stan Butler. “A lot of those chances were really good ones, and that’s something we have to solve. These are two teams that really struggle to score, and you saw that tonight.”

Butler said it was tough to see St. Jacques lose his shutout bid.

“He played such a great game for us, and you hate to see him lose a shutout that late. He’s a veteran goalie who really stepped up his game tonight to give us a chance to win.”

The Battalion moved its won-lost-extended record to 21-22-6 for 48 points, third in the Central Division and sixth in the Eastern Conference.

Goaltender Tyson Teichmann made 39 saves for Belleville, which lost a third consecutive game and is 14-31-3 for 31 points, fifth in the East Division and ninth in the conference.

Tanski, playing his 200th OHL game, opened the scoring at 14:40 of the second period when Jordan Auld’s right-point shot glanced off Tanski’s hand for his 13th goal of the season.

“It was nice to see an effort like this,” said Tanski. “It was great to get off that losing streak. The coaches have been preaching for us to get to the net, and that’s how I’m going to score my goals. It didn’t matter how it went in. I’ll take it.”

The Bulls, who hadn’t registered a shot in the period to that point, tested St. Jacques immediately, but he slid to get his left pad on a Braeden Corbeth shot from the goalmouth.

Belleville failed to record a shot during a two-man advantage lasting 1:15 late in the period after Goodrow was sent off for high-sticking and Sam Carrick was cited for goaltender interference on a play on which he never made contact with Teichmann.

St. Jacques came up huge again in the third period. He got his right shoulder on a shot from the deep slot by Mike Mascioli in the 12th minute and scrambled to deny Corbeth in the left circle in the 14th.

“When you’re struggling scoring goals like we are, you need your goalie to come up big, and that’s what Cody did tonight,” said Tanski. “He deserved a shutout. It’s too bad we couldn’t get it for him.”

With the teams skating four a side, Philip Lane set up Goodrow’s winner, firing a shot from a sharp angle to Teichmann’s right that the goaltender couldn’t handle. Zach Bell swung at the puck before Goodrow shoveled it into an open net for his 18th goal, tying Ian Watters for the team lead.

Judson scored his team-leading 22nd goal with Bell off for holding, converting a Brendan Gaunce pass at the left post.

The Battalion outshot Belleville 12-7 in the scoreless first period. St. Jacques produced back-to-back stops on Corbeth and Michael Curtis in the 12th minute, while Teichmann got his left pad on a Stephon Thorne drive in the first minute and foiled Lane’s rebound attempt off a Goodrow shot in the 18th.

The Battalion scratched Michael Santini. Belleville scratched Bjorn Krupp, Alex Basso and Jan Kaminsky.

The Battalion visits the Niagara IceDogs at 7 p.m. Saturday. The game can be seen live in Brampton on Rogers Cable 10 and in Bolton, Caledon and Orangeville on Rogers Cable 63.

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