Tuesday Highlights: Brazeau comes up big for Battalion


Entering action separated by three points at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, the North Bay Battalion created some separation between themselves and ninth place Barrie. Overage captain Justin Brazeau (56, 57, 58) pulled into a tie for the OHL goal-scoring lead with a hat-trick, leading the Troops past the visiting Colts 6-2. Brazeau surpassed Barclay Goodrow for third in Battalion all-time points with 230 over his 265 regular season games. 2019 NHL Draft prospect Mason Primeau (12, 13) also scored twice while Brad Chenier (27) had a goal and two assists and Matthew Struthers extended his point streak to six games with three helpers. The Troops outshot the Colts 34-19, going 3-for-6 on the power play to take a big step toward securing a playoff berth. Tyler Tucker (13) and Tyson Foerster (9) scored for the Colts who suffer their third straight loss, falling to 26-35-3-1. Barrie trails North Bay by five points with three games remaining on the schedule. The Battalion shake consecutive losses to improve to 28-32-3-2, finishing the season with a 5-1 record against Barrie.


The Saginaw Spirit set a new franchise record with their 45th victory as Florida Panthers prospect Owen Tippett (33) led the way with a goal and three assists in a 6-2 road win over the Sarnia Sting. Minnesota Wild prospect Damien Giroux (28, 29) tallied twice while Ryan McLeod (19), Cole Perfetti (36) and Blade Jenkins (23) also got involved. Ivan Prosvetov turned aside 29 of the 31 shots he faced for his eighth straight win while blueliners Bode Wilde and Justin Murray each registered a pair of assists. The Spirit also set a new franchise record with their ninth straight win, surpassing the mark of eight set back in 2005-06. Ryan McGregor (25) and Hugo Leufvenius (36) scored Sarnia goals as the Sting managed to outshoot Saginaw 31-27. The Spirit are one step closer to clinching a West Division title, improving to 45-15-2-3. Sarnia drops its seventh decision in the past 10 games, falling to 26-32-5-2.


The Mississauga Steelheads reversed a three-game slide as Alan Lyszczarzyk (36, 37) scored a pair in a 5-2 win over visiting Erie. Cole Carter (35), Cole Schwindt (17) and Aidan Prueter (12) also scored for the Fish as they outshot the Otters 39-30 and climbed into sole possession of fifth in the Eastern Conference. Los Angeles Kings prospect Jacob Ingham turned aside 28 of the 30 shots he faced, surrendering Erie goals from Brendan Hoffmann (12) and Emmett Sproule (13). The Steelheads improve to 31-27-5-2 with three games remaining on their schedule. Erie drops its seventh decision in the past 10 games, falling to 26-35-3-1, two points back of eighth place Windsor in the Western Conference standings.



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