BELLEVILLE, Ont. - Jake Cardwell scored the winning goal in overtime for the Belleville Bulls as they beat the host Plymouth Whalers 3-2 on Saturday night in Ontario Hockey League action.
Brendan Gaunce and Jordan Subban scored in regulation for Belleville (12-7-3).
Alex Aleardi scored both goals for Plymouth (10-7-4).
After a scoreless first period, Aleardi broke to the outside with speed and put a wrist shot through the pads of Malcolm Subban.
Gaunce answered back with a goal of his own, taking a centering pass and banging home his sixth of the season.
The two clubs exchanged goals in the third period, starting with Belleville taking the lead on a point shot from Jordan Subban that found the back of the net.
Aleardi took just over a minute to knot things up again, stepping over the blue line and wristing a shot from the high slot that eluded Malcolm Subban's glove.
Cardwell's goal was his first in a Bulls' uniform and came from a wrist shot inside the right face-off circle that beat Alex Nedeljkovic over the shoulder at 2:33 of overtime.
Malcolm Subban made 30 saves for the win while Nedeljkovic, in his OHL debut, stopped 25 shots in a losing cause.
Belleville went 1-for-4 on the power play while Plymouth went 0-for-8.