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Oilers come from behind to sweep Bobcats

10/20/2014, 6:45pm EDT
By Bob Birge - The Hour

NORWALK -- Eric Lind opined that it might have been the most exciting game he has seen in his two-plus seasons as coach of the Connecticut Oilers.

The finish certainly was frantic as the Oilers held on for a 4-3 victory over the New York Bobcats on Sunday at the SoNo Ice House after killing off a five-minute major penalty called against Paul McAvoy with 5:02 remaining in the third period.

Alex Wilkinson and Lucas Bombardier scored power-play goals 72 seconds apart just past the midpoint of the final period, helping the Oilers erase New York's 3-2 lead

Connecticut (7-5-0-0) overcame three one-goal deficits despite outshooting the Bobcats by a 51-23 margin.

Chris Bastone earned the win in goal with 20 saves, improving to 4-3.

"It was a great character win for our guys to come back and keep battling," Lind said. "It's not the beginning of the season anymore. We're about a quarter of the way through now."

"I think we're starting to find our rhythm. We're starting to jell well and pulling together as a team. It's really nice to see."

Joe Pizzimenti was an offensive machine over the weekend with five goals in two games, scoring the Oilers' first two goals Sunday after recording a hat trick in Saturday's 6-2 win at the Bobcats.

"I think the last two weeks I put a lot more work in off the ice, going to the gym more, and Lindy's been helping me a little bit extra, so just a little bit of a confidence booster," Pizzimenti said. "Once I got one, they just started coming."

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