Troops trim Trout in overtime
NORTH BAY, Ont. — Brad Chenier scored at 3:06 of overtime to lift the North Bay Battalion to a 4-3 victory Sunday over the Mississauga Steelheads, who suffered a fourth consecutive Ontario Hockey League loss.
Justin Brazeau had a goal and two assists, while Brandon Coe and Luke Burghardt provided the other goals for North Bay, which improved its won-lost-extended record to 26-22-8 for 60 points, pulling into a tie with the idle Niagara IceDogs for second place in the Central Division and fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
Goaltender Christian Propp made 33 saves for the Troops, who are 13-3-2 in their last 18 games, before 2,662 at Memorial Gardens.
Owen Tippett scored two goals and Cole Carter one for Mississauga, 24-28-3 for 51 points, fourth in the division and eighth in the conference. Goaltender Emanuel Vella faced 35 shots for the Steelheads, including an Adam McMaster penalty shot. Mississauga’s last win was a 6-4 verdict Feb. 9 over the visiting Barrie Colts.
Chenier, who also had an assist, netted the winner when he drove to the goalmouth to receive a pass from Brazeau on the right wing and shoveled the puck under Vella. It was Chenier’s 16th goal of the season.
Carter precipitated overtime when he scored at 15:48 of the third period on assists by Michael McLeod and Albert Michnac. Carter got loose on the right side for a feed from McLeod deep on the left wing with Adam Thilander the lone defender at the net.
North Bay, which led 2-1 after 20 minutes, added to its lead when Burghardt connected at 3:20 of the second period. The Troops applied sustained pressure before Brazeau backhanded the puck from the slot to Burghardt, who slipped into the left circle to drill his 26th goal past Vella.
Tippett struck for his 25th goal during a two-man advantage at 11:34 that followed a checking-from-behind call against Simon Rose and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty to Propp. Tippett blasted the unassisted goal home from high in the right circle.
McMaster was awarded a penalty shot at 4:40 after he was hooked by Keean Washkurak on a solo chance, but McMaster hit the left post.
Coe opened the scoring at 9:03 of the first period, taking a pass from Luke Moncada in the right corner and one-timing the puck from above the right circle. Chenier also assisted on rookie Coe’s eighth goal.
Tippett replied at 14:45, after Thilander let a dump-in that should have been icing slide back in front of the net to the opportunistic Tippett.
Brazeau restored the Troops’ lead at 19:23, skating behind the net and emerging from the left post to go to his forehand for a team-leading 34th goal. Matthew Struthers drew the lone assist.
The Battalion visits the Oshawa Generals at 2:05 p.m. Monday. The game can be seen live in North Bay on YourTV Channels 12 and 700 and heard on Country 600 CKAT.
BATTALION BULLETS: It was Epiroc Day in support of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, to be held June 22 at Canadian Forces Base North Bay. Debbie Marson of the Society and Christine Savage of Epiroc Exploration conducted the ceremonial faceoff, with fans vying for prizes in a second-intermission chuck-a-puck contest … The Battalion has a 4-1-0 record against Mississauga. The teams complete their season series March 2 at the Hershey Centre … Captain Riley Bruce played a 257th game, surpassing Dylan Blujus for sole possession of ninth place on the Battalion’s all-time list … Burghardt has a five-game points streak in which he has three goals and five assists for eight points … In five games against Mississauga, Brazeau has three goals and five assists for eight points … The Battalion was 0-for-1 on the power play. Mississauga went 1-for-4 … Opening lines featured Struthers centring left winger Burghardt and right winger Brazeau, Kyle Potts centring left winger McMaster and right winger Jake Henderson and Moncada pivoting left winger Chenier and right winger Coe. Rhys Forhan centred left winger Daniel Walker and right winger Andy Baker … The Battalion scratched Kurtis Evans, Patrick Brown and Braden Henderson … Among the missing for Mississauga were Jacob Moverare and Trent Fox … The referees were T.J. Foster and Jason Goldenberg.