The Saginaw Spirit used a trademark defensive effort to snuff out the Brampton Battalion's franchise-best hot streak.
Edward Pasquale turned aside 39 shots as the Spirit earned a 5-2 win over Brampton in OHL action Thursday night, halting the Battalion's 19-game point streak.
Pasquale was at his best in a frantic third period, where he stopped 16 of 17 shots as the Battalion pressed for the tying goal. The Sting, who entered the game tied for second in the league in fewest goals against, bent but didn't break against the powerhouse Battalion en route to their second straight victory.
Trailing 3-1 after two periods, Brampton closed to within one on Kyle Pereira's second goal of the season at 5:34. Mitch Fillman restored Sarnia's two-goal advantage at 9:52, and Kyle Bochek iced the victory for the Sting (17-8-0-1) with an empty netter in the final minute.
The loss ended a remarkable run for the Battalion (20-7-1-0), who hadn't lost in regulation since a 4-3 defeat at the hands of the Sudbury Wolves on Oct. 11. Brampton won 16 games in a row following the Sudbury game - a franchise record - before dropping a 6-5 overtime decision to the Niagara IceDogs on Nov. 27.
The Battalion followed with two more victories, giving them 37 of a possible 38 points over their previous 19 games entering Thursday night's action. Wednesday's loss ended Brampton's 12-game winning streak on home ice, also a franchise best.
In other OHL action Thursday, it was: London 4 Sault Ste. Marie 2; Plymouth 3 Peterborough 2; Oshawa 5 Belleville 2; Windsor 2 Guelph 1; and Mississauga-St. Michael's 3 Sarnia 2 (SO).
At Brampton, Ont., Bochek and Jordan Szwarz led Saginaw with a goal and an assist apiece, while Chris Chappell and Joe Pleckaitis added singles. Tyler Murovich chipped in with three assists.
Evgeny Gratchev had a goal and an assist for the Battalion, while Cody Hodgson chipped in with a pair of assists.
Patrick Killeen stopped 16 shots in defeat for Brampton.
Knights 4 Greyhounds 2
At London, Ont., Akim Aliu scored twice in the Knights' win over Sault Ste. Marie.
Tucker Hunter and Daniel Erlich added singles for London (20-6-0-1)
Jordan Carroll and Cameron Odam replied for the Greyhounds (13-13-1-1).
Whalers 3 Petes 2
At Peterborough, Ont., Matt Hackett stopped 23 shots as Plymouth edged the Petes.
Tyler Seguin, Ryan Hayes and Tyler J. Brown had goals for the Whalers (10-13-3-0).
Tony Romano and Sergey Korostin responded for Peterborough (13-17-0-1).
Generals 5 Bulls 2
At Oshawa, Ont., Brett Parnham had two goals to lead the Generals past Belleville.
Michael del Zotto, Kory Nagy and John Tavares also scored for Oshawa (14-11-0-4).
Nick Palmeiri and Matthew Tipoff countered for the Bulls (20-8-2-2)
Spitfires 2 Storm 1
At Windsor, Ont., Andrew Engelage made 25 saves to lead the Spitfires past Guelph.
Dale Mitchell and Conor O'Connell had goals for Windsor (25-3-0-0).
Matt Kennedy had the lone goal for the Storm (14-11-2-2).
Majors 3 Sting 2 (SO)
At Sarnia, Ont., Jared Gomes' shootout goal lifted Mississauga-St. Michael's over the Sting.
Brett Flemming and Devante Smith-Pelly scored in regulation for the Majors (12-13-0-1).
Justin DiBenedetto and Jamie Arniel had goals for Sarnia (12-13-2-2).