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BRAMPTON, Ont. – Jamie Lewis scored two goals, including the winner, and added an assist to power the Brampton Battalion to a 5-3 victory Sunday over the Saginaw Spirit, snapping the Troops’ four-game Ontario Hockey League losing streak.
Mathew Santos, Brenden Miller and Zach Bell also scored for the Battalion, while Nick Paul and Matt MacLeod each had two assists. Goaltender Matej Machovsky made 18 saves as the Troops moved their won-lost-extended record to 3-4-3 for nine points, fifth in the Central Division.
Eric Locke scored two goals and Vincent Trocheck one for Saginaw, 3-5-2 for eight points, fourth in the West Division. Starting goaltender Nikita Serebryakov allowed four goals on nine shots before being relieved by Jake Paterson early in the second period. Paterson stopped 23 of 24 shots the rest of the way.
“We knew we had to come out with a strong start against them,” said Battalion coach Stan Butler. “We wanted to take advantage of them playing three games in four days.
“You want to keep your winning streaks as long as possible and end your losing streaks as fast as you can. Sometimes you need to win an ugly one to end a losing streak and go from there.”
Said captain Barclay Goodrow: “It feels great to end the streak and get back to our winning ways. Some guys really stepped up for us today, and it really helped the team out.”
Santos struck at 2:40 of the first period, intercepting a breakout pass in the neutral zone and snapping the puck past Serebryakov on the far side from the left-wing circle.
“I got the first goal, and it gave us momentum early,” said Santos. “We needed that little boost and came out strong at them.”
Miller connected at 15:28, also unassisted. He faked a slap shot and moved to the top of the left circle to wrist the puck through traffic and into the net. It was defenceman Miller’s third goal in the last four games.
Lewis made it 3-0 at 18:12, converting off a two-on-one rush with MacLeod. Paul chipped the puck ahead off the left boards to MacLeod, who spun to collect the disc on his forehand and send a pass across the goalmouth to Lewis. He beat the sprawling Serebryakov low.
Locke scored at 1:03 of the second period from the left circle, but Lewis responded 26 seconds later with what proved to be the winner, giving the Battalion a 4-1 lead. Lewis roofed home a backhander from the left side after Paul’s attempted pass from the right wing deflected off a defender across the slot, and nine seconds later Paterson replaced Serebryakov.
Trocheck scored 36 seconds into the third period when his slap shot from above the left circle beat Machovsky low to the blocker side.
A bad-angle shot by Locke pulled Saginaw within 4-3 at 1:41. Locke fired the puck from the bottom of the left circle, and the rubber reappeared behind Machovsky. Watching video after the game, Butler and goaltending coach Rob Beatty were adamant that the puck entered the net through the side mesh.
Justin Kea came close to tying it from the slot, but his shot and subsequent rebound were denied by Machovsky.
“I had a good save there,” said Machovsky. “I’ve got to give a lot of credit to Bell and the other guys for blocking lots of shots today.”
Bell gave the Battalion a two-goal cushion at 9:29 with a right-point slap shot that glanced off Trocheck and behind Paterson.
The Battalion scratched Mike Amadio. Saginaw scratches were Brandon Archibald, David Perklin, Brandon Prophet and Nick Moutrey.
The Battalion visits the Niagara IceDogs at 7 p.m. Thursday.
BATTALION NOTEBOOK: Attendance was 1,768 … The Battalion went 0-for-3 on the power play. Saginaw was 0-for-1 … The five goals set a season high for the Troops. They had scored four in a game twice, in a 7-4 road loss Sept. 30 to the Oshawa Generals and in a 4-1 home-ice win Oct. 4 over the Kingston Frontenacs. That game immediately preceded the four-game losing streak, which included one overtime and one shootout loss … Machovsky has a 3-2-3 record with a 2.04 goals-against average, a .913 save percentage and one shutout. His GAA ranks second in the league to the 1.87 sported by Spencer Martin of the Mississauga Steelheads … Defenceman Cameron Wind played his 236th game with the Battalion, moving into sole possession of 10th place on the club’s career list ahead of Jay McClement and Howie Martin … Opening Battalion line combinations included Patrik Machac centring left winger Brandon Robinson and right winger Goodrow, Lewis centring left winger Paul and right winger MacLeod and Nicholas Foglia pivoting left winger Derek Froats and right winger Brendan Childerley. Connor Jarvis centred left winger Blake Clarke and right winger Santos … Russian import Serebryakov, 17, saw his second game action of the season. He played last year with the Moscow Dynamo juniors … The Spirit’s Garret Ross, who had a three-game goal-scoring streak ended, hit the left post in the seventh minute of the third period … Saginaw winger Jeremiah Addison is a Brampton resident … Matt Rabideau, the Battalion’s hockey assistant and director of player development, scouted for the Spirit for three seasons … The teams complete their season set Nov. 17 at Saginaw … The referees were Joe Celestin and Sean Pindar.