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BRAMPTON, Ont. – Brandon Robinson scored two of three first-period goals that jump-started the Brampton Battalion to a 5-2 victory over the Guelph Storm in an Ontario Hockey League exhibition game Thursday night, keeping the Troops’ perfect preseason record intact.
Brennan Feasey added one goal and one assist, while Patrik Machac and Mike Amadio scored the other goals for the Battalion, which has won all four of its exhibition games.
Starting goaltender Jake Smith surrendered one goal on 19 shots before giving way to Matej Machovsky at 9:29 of the middle period. Machovsky allowed the second Guelph goal on 20 shots.
Scott Kosmachuk scored both Guelph goals, while goaltender Jason DaSilva provided 34 saves.
Rookie Smith made several sprawling stops to deny Guelph shooters.
“I’m not a big goalie, so I work on being quick, finding the puck through screens and using my athletic ability to make saves,” said Smith.
Said Battalion coach Stan Butler of Smith: “He was solid. When you’re a smaller goalie, you have to use that acrobatic style.”
With Ben Harpur off for a head check, Robinson opened the scoring on the power play at 2:23 of the first period. Robinson forced a turnover and spun in the slot to beat DaSilva low on the blocker side from the slot.
“He looks like a guy with a lot of confidence right now,” assistant coach Ryan Oulahen said of Robinson, both of whose goals were unassisted.
Feasey made it 2-0 at 7:00 with a delayed penalty pending against Guelph. Derek Froats cut through the slot and put a backhander into a crowded crease. Feasey was in the right place at the right time.
“I was standing there and, luckily enough, it hit my skates,” said Feasey.
Robinson streaked down the left wing and beat DaSilva from the faceoff circle with what proved to be the game-winner at 12:07.
“Harpur turned it over, and I had speed and he was flat-footed,” said Robinson. “I put it far-glove side, and it got through him.”
With the Battalion’s Brenden Miller off for hooking, Kosmachuk converted a pass from Robby Fabbri at 19:37, but the Troops answered at 4:14 of the second period when Machac jammed home a pass from Mathew Santos from behind the net.
The Battalion killed four power plays in the second period, pushing back offensively to create scoring chances, the most notable of which was by Robinson. After gloving the puck out of the air, he raced up the left wing for a slap shot.
“We take pride in our penalty killing,” said Oulahen. “We play hard, guys block shots and battle, and obviously killing those four penalties kept us in it.”
Kosmachuk connected at 3:11 of the third period, collecting his own rebound before snapping it past Machovsky.
Amadio completed the scoring from deep on the left wing with the man advantage at 9:05, one-timing a cross-zone pass from Mark Raycroft.
Battalion scratches were Dylan Blujus, Cameron Wind, Jamie Lewis, Nick Paul, Barclay Goodrow and Matt Bragagnolo. Guelph scratched Andrey Pedan and Brock McGinn.
The Battalion completes its five-game preseason schedule when it visits Guelph at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
BATTALION NOTEBOOK: Attendance was 1,050 … While the Battalion entered the game with 26 players on its preseason roster, Guelph was down to a presumed season-opening 22 … The Battalion went 2-for-7 on the power play. Guelph was 1-for-8 … Butler watched the first period from the media box before moving to the stands for the rest of the game … Assistant coaches Oulahen and Jason Ward ran the Battalion bench … Opening Battalion line combinations included Machac centring left winger Robinson and right winger Santos, Feasey centring left winger Froats and right winger Amadio and Nicholas Foglia pivoting left winger Blake Clarke and right winger Matt MacLeod. Connor Jarvis centred left winger Geoff Bezruchko and right winger Mitch Amante … Defence pairings were Spencer Abraham with Zach Bell, Raycroft with Marcus McIvor and Miller with Kyle Wood … Clarke, the club’s first-round pick in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection and who suffered a shoulder injury in training camp, made his OHL debut … Bell wore the captain’s ‘C’ for the game, while Froats, Abraham and MacLeod served as alternates … McIvor fought Cody McNaughton and Bezruchko battled Chadd Bauman within the first three minutes of the middle period, while Miller countered Kosmachuk at 19:12 of the third. Apart from a game misconduct for a preseason fight, Kosmachuk drew a misconduct for not having his sweater tied down … Jarvis left in the first period with an upper-body injury … Bragagnolo sat out after incurring a cut to his nose in a fight with Derek Mathers of the Peterborough Petes in a 5-3 victory Tuesday night at Newmarket, Ont. … Referees Korey Bannerman and Scott Brown worked the game with linesmen Frank Rocca and Daniel Wolfe.