BRAMPTON, Ont. - P.K. Subban did his part to give the Belleville Bulls some breathing room atop the Ontario Hockey League's Eastern Conference, scoring the winning goal on a late third-period power play in a 3-2 win over the Brampton Battalion on Sunday afternoon.
The Bulls' top-scoring defender cut in from the side boards and knocked in his own rebound with 3:05 remaining to give the Bulls their sixth straight victory. Subban was a plus-2 in the game, bringing his season total to team-leading plus-39.
Eric Tangradi opened the scoring for Belleville (41-15-2-2) late in the first period, extending his scoring streak to seven goals in five games.
Thomas Stajan tipped in a Ken Peroff point shot to get Brampton on the board in the second period after the Bulls ran into penalty trouble. Brampton took five straight minor penalties in the period.
Later in the second, Matt Kang scored his 19th of the season to give the Battalion (39-18-1-1) a 2-1 lead, but it was all the offence they could muster as Brampton lost its second game in as many nights.
Brandon Mashinter scored the tying goal midway through the third period for the Bulls, who increased their lead atop the Eastern Conference to six points.
Mike Murphy made 41 saves for Belleville, while Battalion goaltender Thomas McCollum stopped 32 shots.