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Graham makes 35 saves as the Bulls blank the Battalion 2-0

Friday, 10.12.2012 / 10:14 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Graham makes 35 saves as the Bulls blank the Battalion 2-0

BRAMPTON, Ont. - Charlie Graham made 35 saves as the Belleville Bulls completed a home-and-home sweep of the Brampton Battalion with a 2-0 win on Friday night in Ontario Hockey League action.

It was the 17-year-old's first career OHL shutout and he believes the accomplishment was a team effort.

“The guys in front of the net did a great job at letting me see the shots,” said Graham, who played in 12 games with the Bulls as a rookie in 2011-2012. “It was a low scoring affair and we were fortunate to get the win.”

Aaron Berisha and Sergey Kuptsov scored for the Bulls (4-2-1), who defeated the Battalion 2-1 in a shootout on Wednesday.

Berisha put the Bulls on the board at 17:33 of the first period, converting on a Scott Simmonds pass in front of the net. Kupstov made it 2-0 on the power play in the final minute of the second, finishing off a pretty passing play started by Joseph Cramarossa and Brendan Gaunce.

Brampton's (2-3-3) Matej Machovsky turned aside 21 of the 23 shots sent his way in a losing effort.

The Bulls went 1-for-3 on the power play while the Battalion failed to convert on three opportunities with the man advantage.

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