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Nick Ritchie scores in shootout to help Peterborough beat Belleville 4-3

Thursday, 11.29.2012 / 10:04 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Nick Ritchie scores in shootout to help Peterborough beat Belleville 4-3

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. - Nick Ritchie's shootout goal gave the Peterborough Petes a 4-3 win over the Belleville Bulls in Ontario Hockey League action Thursday.

Alan Quine scored on Peterborough's first shootout chance and Jordan Subban replied for the Bulls on their second shot. After Ritchie connected, Petes goalie Michael Giugovaz stoned Joseph Cramarossa to seal the win.

Stephen Pierog had a pair of goals and Francis Menard scored once for Peterborough (6-19-3) in regulation time. Daniil Zharkov, Cramarossa and Brady Austin replied for Belleville (15-8-4).

Belleville took the lead four minutes into the game when the puck bounced off a Peterborough skate and across the crease to a wide open Zharkov, who banged it home.

Pierog tied it up with a sharp wrist shot from the slot 40 seconds later and Menard connected just over a minute after that to give the Petes a 2-1 lead after the first period.

Austin broke up a Peterborough rush inside his blue-line then flipped a long saucer pass to Cramarossa, who cut to the middle and buried a wrist shot.

Pierog restored the Petes' lead a minute and a half later, but Austin connected shorthanded before the end of the second period and a scoreless third.

Giugovaz made 31 saves for the Petes, while Charlie Graham stopped 29 shots in the Belleville net.

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