BELLEVILLE, Ont. - Nick Palmieri had a five-point night, with three goals and two assists, as the Belleville Bulls thumped the Brampton Battalion 6-2 on Sunday night in Game 3 of their Ontario Hockey League Eastern Conference final series.
Palmieri's hat trick was his second of the playoffs. The third-round pick of the New Jersey Devils in 2007 has eight post-season goals, tying him with Eric Tangradi for Belleville's team lead.
The Battalion led 2-1 after the first period, outshooting Belleville 12-8, but the Bulls took control in the second period, scoring four unanswered goals on 15 shots. Palmieri completed his hat trick with 64 seconds left in the period to give Belleville a 5-2 lead.
Brampton's frustration boiled over in the third when Scott Tanski chopped Bulls all-star defenceman P.K. Subban in the back of the leg after a whistle at 16:49 of the period. Tanski received a major for slashing and a game misconduct.
Subban was helped off the ice and did not return to the game.
Shawn Lalonde scored twice and added an assist, Brandon Mashinter had a goal and an assist and Matthew Tipoff added two assists for Belleville, which trails Brampton 2-1 in the series and has a chance to tie things up on Tuesday in Brampton, Ont.
Anthony Peluso scored both Battalion goals.
Bulls netminder Mike Murphy and Brampton goalie Thomas McCollum both made 27 saves.