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Hawks, Bulls Both Win

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
Mike Duco
The offenses didn’t dominate. At least not like they had in the past four games.

In a series that had been averaging just less than eight goals (7.75) combined per contest, only three goals were scored in Belleville’s 2-1 victory over Kitchener Thursday night in Kitchener.

The win brings the Bulls one game closer in their series with the Rangers as Kitchener now holds a 3-2 advantage in the OHL Championships.

Neither team could find the net in the first period as 19 shots were fired, but stopped by both netminders. Belleville’s Mike Murphy stopped 11 while Kitchener’s Josh Unice made 8 saves.

It was looking like neither team would score in the second period either until Cory Tanaka scored with 2:16 remaining in the period to give Belleville the 1-0 lead. Murphy was strong once again, stopping 12 Rangers shots. Unice saw only six Bulls shots in the period.

The intermission did some good for the Rangers as it rejuvenated the group. They tied the score at one just 17 seconds into the third period when Justin Azevedo’s power play shot beat Murphy.

With the way the two netminders were playing, it would take another penalty to give one of the teams the victory. With Azevedo in the box for an interference call, Eric Tangradi netted his sixth of the playoffs with 6:37 left in regulation for the game winner. Murphy made the goal stand up, stopping 19 Rangers attempts.

Game 6 is in Belleville on Saturday.

Mike Duco finished a -1 on the night while Shawn Matthias was a scratch.

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One more win. That’s all the Waterloo Black Hawks need to win their second Clark Cup Championship in the last five years.

The Black Hawks are one win away because they earned a 3-1 victory over Omaha Wednesday night in Waterloo.

It was an engaging affair that saw neither team hit the scoreboard before the third period. In fact, with both goals in Omaha’s 2-0 win in Game 2 coming in the first period, the two teams had combined for 0 goals in four plus periods.

Omaha scored the game’s first goal with an unassisted power play goal from Andrew Conboy 3:23 into the final period while Waterloo answered 1:26 later as Eddie Olczyk beat the Omaha netminder. Chad Billins then netted the game winner with 5:05 remaining in the period as Waterloo was on the powerplay. Brett Olson then scored into the empty net as John Lee recorded the assist on the insurance goal with 1:17 left.

Along with that assist, Lee was a +1 and had a checking from behind call with 4:42 left in the game.

Game Four is Friday in Waterloo.

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