Battalion ekes out victory

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:05 AM ET

With their captain too sick to play, a couple of other Brampton Battalion veterans stepped up and all but ensured a road victory last night.

Overager Tyler Harrison scored two goals and and NHLfirst-round pick Wojtek Wolski had a couple of pretty assists as the Battalion scratched out a 3-2 win against the St. Michael's Majors before 1,229 at St. Mike's Arena.

Although the Majors have been one of the hottest teams in the OHLsince Jan. 1, the Battalion probably wouldn't mind meeting them in the first round of the playoffs. Brampton was 6-0 this season against St. Mike's and is the only OHLteam to win in regulation at St. Mike's Arena since Nov. 28. The Battalion has done it twice, also winning 3-2 back on Jan. 20.

Howie Martin also scored for Brampton, which was without ill captain Ryan Oulahen. Tyler Donati and Jeff Larsh scored first-period goals for St. Michael's.

The Majors held a 2-1 lead entering the second period and although they play an effective defensive game at home, were unable to contain Wolski, taken 21st overall by the Colorado Avalanche last June.

Wolski stepped around the Majors' Dale Good at 6:42 of the third period and fed Harrison, who arrived on the play to snap a shot past goalie WayneSavage. Harrison, the younger brother of Maple Leafs prospect Jay Harrison, hit the 30-goal plateau for the first time in his OHLcareer.

Brampton had tied the game 2-2 early in the second thanks to an industrious effort by Wolski. As he fended off Majors defenceman Nathan McIver, Wolski made a one-handed pass to Martin, who chipped the puck past Savage.

Despite the win, Brampton remained in second place in the Eastern Conference with 72 points, four behind the Peterborough Petes. The Battalion is three points ahead of the Mississauga IceDogs for first in the Central Division.

The Majors, meanwhile, benefitted from the Petes' 5-1 win against the Kingston Frontenacs last night. The Majors, with 61 points, hold the down the eighth and final playoff spot in the conference. They're four up on Kingston.

Twins Tyler and Justin Donati tonight will play in Oshawa for the first time since they were traded to the Majors from the Generals in January. Tyler Donati had requested a deal and both brothers wound up being dealt to St. Mike's for Cal Clutterbuck and a draft pick.

KNIGHTS 5, OTTERS 1

Rob Schremp scored four goals to lead the London Knights to a 5-1 home win over the Erie Otters.

Corey Perry added a goal and three assists for the Knights, who were 4-for-10 on the power play. Gerald Coleman stopped 33 shots.

PETES 5, FRONTS 1

Jadran Beljo had two goals and an assist as Peterborough Petes beat Kingston Frontenacs 5-1.

Jordan Staal also scored twice, snapping an 18-game scoring drought, as the Petes (32-18-8-4) became the first Eastern Conference team to clinch a playoff spot.

The Petes, who have won six in a row, stayed four points ahead of Brampton Battalion and moved to seven points ahead of Mississauga IceDogs for first place in the conference.The Petes are also 13 points ahead of Ottawa 67's for the East Division lead.

Liam Reddox also scored for the Petes while Daniel Ryder, Kyle Raftis and Peter Aston had two assists each.


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