BRAMPTON, Ont. - Rookie Nick Paul had the first two-goal game of his Ontario Hockey League career as the Brampton Battalion downed the visiting Erie Otters 5-2 on Sunday afternoon in OHL action.
Brandon Robinson also scored twice for the Battalion (15-13-5), who won for the first time in three outings, while Patrik Machac chipped in with two assists.
Barclay Goodrow had a goal and an assist to round out Brampton's offence.
Jimmy McDowell and Hayden Hodgson scored for the Otters (8-19-5), who have dropped back-to-back games and sit last in the Western Conference standings.
Erie's Connor McDavid was held off the scoresheet for the second straight game, which is the first time in 32 games that has happened to the rookie.
After Paul opened the scoring three minutes into the game, Goodrow made it 2-0 90 seconds later on a short-handed penalty shot. It was Goodrow’s second shorthanded penalty-shot goal of the month as he also achieved the feat against the Niagara IceDogs on Dec. 1.
Paul then made it 3-0 with his second of the period, but McDowell would bring the Otters to within two.
However, Robinson’s first of the game rounded out the first period scoring as he beat Dansk with a powerful wrist shot.
Following a scoreless second period, Hodgson curbed the deficit to two before Robinson put it away with less than five minutes remaining in the final frame.
Neither club could produce on the power play as they both went 0 for 4 with the man advantage.