The Bulls lived to see another day. Not that it matters since they’re already in the Memorial Cup tournament, but Belleville will live to see another day.
They could have thrown in the towels, down 4-1 in Game 4 and 3-0 in the OHL Championship series against Kitchener and taken some time off as the Memorial Cup tournament doesn’t start until May 16th, but they didn’t. They fought their way back and thanks to a Belesky goal, 8:47 into overtime, Belleville sends the series back to Kitchener for Game 5 after their 5-4 overtime victory.
Four goals were scored in a wild first period as Kitchener netted the first three of the contest. Matt Halischuk scored a short handed goal 4:15 in to get them on the board and Nick Spaling added a power play goal with 6:42 remaining and Nazem Kadri scored with 1:28 remaining to give them the three goal cushion. P.K. Subban scored on the power play with 17 seconds remaining to give Belleville hope heading into intermission.
That hope shrunk as Mike Mascioli gave Kitchener the three goal cushion just 2:12 into the second period. Belleville got it down to two with a goal by Keaton Turkiewicz 4:48 later.
The two goal lead stood until the third period where Turkiewicz struck again, just 1:15 into the period. Down just a goal, Belleville continued to swarm the Kitchener zone. They outshot the Rangers 18-6 in that period and with 4:18 left in the game, found the game tying goal as Eric Tangradi netted his fifth of the playoffs.
Belleville continued their dominance in overtime, outshooting Kitchener 9-1. Belesky’s goal now gives them hope and some confidence in the series. Before Game 4, Belleville was outscored 15-7 in the first three games.
Panthers prospect Mike Duco was held off the scoreboard for the first time in the series and for just the third time in the playoffs. He finished with a -1 rating and a tripping call 45 seconds into the contest.More Information (Belleville)More Information (Kitchener)
Perfect no more.
The Waterloo Black Hawks have lost for the first time in the playoffs, thanks to their 2-0 defeat to the Omaha Lancers in the Clark Cup finals Monday night. The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak in the second season and a 14-game streak overall.
All of the scoring for Omaha came in the first period as the Lancers’ Jake Hauswirth scored 4:58 in and Matt White made it 2-0 with 6:25 left in the period.
With the two goal cushion, the Lancers netminder Drew Palmisano did the rest. He stopped the 28 shots the Hawks sent his way, including nine each in the first two periods and 10 in the third.
The series is now tied at one win apiece as Game 3 is May 7th in Waterloo.
Panthers prospect John Lee
finished the game with a shot on net and was a -1.More Information