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Battalion Scores Late for 4-1 Victory

January 20, 2014
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January 18, 2014 – Ontario Hockey League (OHL) North Bay Battalion

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Ben Thomson and Nick Paul scored late goals 1:26 apart to propel the North Bay Battalion to a 4-1 Ontario Hockey League victory Friday night over the Mississauga Steelheads, ending the Troops’ five-game road losing streak. Alex Henriksson and Zach Bratina, into an empty net, also scored for the Battalion, while goaltender Jake Smith made 24 saves as the Troops moved their won-lost-extended record to 22-17-6 for 50 points, second in the Central Division. The Battalion earned its first road win since a 4-3 victory Dec. 11 over the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds despite missing Barclay Goodrow, Matt MacLeod and Brenden Miller with injuries. The Troops went 0-2-3 in their previous five away dates.

Nick Zottl scored for Mississauga and goaltender Dawson Carty faced 27 shots. The Steelheads, 16-26-4 for 36 points, tied with the Niagara IceDogs for fourth place in the division, have lost five consecutive games. Their last win was a 4-2 home-ice decision over the Greyhounds on Jan. 5. Defenceman Zottl tied it 1-1 at 10:56 of the final period, slipping behind the defence with a pass from Josh Burnside and shoveling the puck past Smith, but Thomson and Paul, who also had two assists, then decided matters.

Thomson one-timed a cross-zone pass from Paul into the net over Carty’s glove from the right-wing circle at 14:36 for the winning tally. It was Thomson’s 13th goal of the season and his 10th since a trade from the Kitchener Rangers.

Paul put home a pass from behind the goal line from Vincent Praplan, one of his two assists, at 16:02. Bratina also assisted on the play before adding the empty-netter at 18:27 for his eighth goal and his third with the Troops since a trade from the Saginaw Spirit.

Henriksson struck at 17:46 of the second period, going to the net to outmuscle a defender and convert the rebound of a right-point shot by Kyle Wood that Carty kicked away with his right pad. Paul had the second assist on Henriksson’s sixth goal.

Mississauga had five shots on goal before the Battalion registered its first, in the seventh minute of the opening period, but the teams ended the scoreless session with 10 shots apiece. Mike Amadio and Henriksson staged what probably was the Troops’ biggest scoring threat on back-to-back chances in the 14th minute. The Steelheads’ Brett Foy rang a shot off the right post in the 17th minute, and referee Jason Faist, who immediately signaled no goal, held a brief telephone talk with the video review official after the next stoppage.

The Battalion hosts Niagara at 2 p.m. Sunday on Special Olympics Big Ticket Day.

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Ontario Hockey League Stories from January 18, 2014

  • IceDogs Fall 6-2 in Barrie – Niagara IceDogs
  • Magyar Scores in 2-1 Loss to Attack – Kitchener Rangers
  • Saginaw Spirit Extend Winning Streak to Six – Saginaw Spirit
  • Guelph Blanks Erie on Home Ice, 1-0 – Erie Otters
  • Stolarz out 4 Weeks – London Knights
  • Attack Home to Rangers – Owen Sound Attack
  • Morning Skate: Bulls Look to Make It Two in a Row – Belleville Bulls
  • Big Win: Late Rally Stumps 67’s – Belleville Bulls
  • Battalion Scores Late for 4-1 Victory – North Bay Battalion
  • Moore, Hore Score in Return to Sarnia – Soo Greyhounds

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Article source: http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=4728794

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