Troops keep on marching

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The Brampton Battalion inched closer to the Ontario Hockey League's Eastern Conference lead last night when Cody Hodgson scored 2:56 into overtime to give the Troops a 4-3 win over the Plymouth Whalers in Michigan.

The win was the Battalion's fifth in a row and pulled it to within two points of the idle Belleville Bulls, who sit atop the East. Brampton also has a game in hand.

The visitors appeared to have this one in hand when Matt Duchene scored twice in the third for a 3-0 lead.

But the Whalers potted three in a row, with Joe Gaynor and Chris Terry scoring 60 seconds apart late in the period to force OT.

Evgeny Grachev had the other Battalion goal, his sixth in the past six games.

MAJORS 7, ATTACK 3

At the Hershey Centre, Michael Pelech and Brett Flemming scored two goals apiece as the Majors won their second in a row.

The win allowed St. Mike's to keep its three-point lead on the Niagara IceDogs for home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Kaspars Daugavins, Jared Gomes and Kale Kerbashian completed the Majors scoring while Josh Moes connected twice for Owen Sound.

COLTS 6, RANGERS 3

At Kitchener, Daniel Michalsky and Alex Hutchings each had four-point games as Barrie pulled four points up on Peterborough for the eighth and final playoff slot in the Eastern Conference.

SPITFIRES 5, STORM 2

At Guelph, the Spits made it 12 wins in a row, scoring three unanswered second-period goals to break a 1-1 tie.

ICEDOGS 6, KNIGHTS 4

At London, Drew Schiestel's two goals helped Niagara complete a surprise home-and-home sweep.

67'S 6, GENERALS 3

At Ottawa, Thomas Nesbitt scored twice, including an empty-netter, as the 67's remained four points behind the Battalion in the East. Jeff Hayes, Tyler Taylor and John Padulo had the Oshawa goals.

STING 7, PETES 3

At Sarnia, Justin DiBenedetto netted three goals, giving him 33 on the season, while Ben O'Quinn chipped in with a pair.

OTTERS 6, FRONTS 5

At Kingston, Shawn Szydlowski scored 2:09 into overtime after Frontenacs' Bobby Mignardi had tied it up with just 31 seconds to play in the third period.


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