MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Cory Tanaka and Matthew Tipoff each had a goal and an assist to lead the Belleville Bulls to a hard-fought 3-2 win over the Mississauga-St. Michael's Majors Sunday afternoon in the Ontario Hockey League.
Tanaka's fourth goal of the season midway through the third period broke a 2-2 tie, giving the Bulls (11-5-1-1) their third win in a row to increase their lead in the East Division standings.
"We were a little inconsistent for a while there but winning our last three is pretty good," said Tanaka, who drew an assist on Tipoff's sixth marker of the season that staked the Bulls to a 2-0 first-period lead.
"Winning games like this one are important because they're conference games," added Tanaka. "They're four-point games."
Tanaka admitted he got a lucky bounce for the winning goal. He was trying to pass the puck out to teammate Tyler Randell from behind the Mississauga net when it hit Majors goaltender Chris Carrozzi and went in.
Brett Mackie had the other goal for the Bulls.
Mike Pelech scored both goals for the Majors (7-8-0-0), giving him six on the season. It was Mississauga's third loss in a row, leaving them in last place in the Central Division standings.
Belleville netminder Mike Murphy made 37 stops, including a game-saver late in the third period when he stole a short shot from Pelech at the side of the crease. Carrozzi stopped 25 shots.