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Matt Puempel's winning goal leads Petes to comeback victory over Bulls

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PETERBOROUGH, Ont. - Matt Puempel scored the winner in the second period and the Peterborough Petes came back from a two-goal deficit and defeated the Belleville Bulls 5-4 in Ontario Hockey League action Thursday.

Nine goals by nine different players made the first two periods look like a shootout, but the goaltenders took over in the third period. Neither team scored in over the final 20 minutes despite firing 28 shots on goal between them.

Adam Payerl opened the scoring for Belleville 4:46 into the game.

Derek Mathers tapped the puck in from a scramble a minute later to tie the game at 1-1. Then, less than a minute later, Cameron Gaunce gave the Bulls a 2-1 lead.

Petes centre Alan Quine scored unassisted at 14:09 to tie the game 2-2, but Belleville took a 3-2 lead into the second when Austen Brassard buried Payerl's setup in the final minute.

Garrett Hooey gave Belleville a 4-2 lead, but the Bulls couldn't beat Petes goaltender Mike Morrison again.

The Petes earned Morrison a win with three goals in 3:11 in the second half of the period. Nick Ritchie got his third in three games, Dylan Fitze scored his first OHL goal then Puempel scored the winner.

Morrison made 29 saves for Peterborough.

Malcolm Subban made 35 saves in the loss for Belleville. Neither team connected on the power play, Peterborough on five chances and the Bulls on two.

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