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Troops win 4-3 in OT, retake series lead

KINGSTON, Ont. – Sean Jones scored at 5:38 of overtime to lift the Brampton Battalion to a 4-3 victory over the Kingston Frontenacs in a thrilling Ontario Hockey League playoff game Friday night.

The victory gave the Battalion a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal after Kingston won two straight games to tie it. The Troops can capture the series with a home-ice victory in Game 6 at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Jones, who also had an assist, took a pass from Matt MacLeod on a two-on-one rush against Cameron Odam and drilled the puck past Kingston goaltender Tyler Beskorowany from the left wing.

Scott Tanski had one goal and one assist and Michael Santini and Cody Hodgson scored the other goals for the Battalion. MacLeod contributed two assists, while goaltender Patrick Killeen faced 29 shots for the Troops, who finished fifth in the conference.

Nathan Moon had one goal and one assist for Kingston, and Corey Durocher and Ethan Werek scored one goal each. Beskorowany faced 43 shots, including six in overtime, for the fourth-place Frontenacs.

Hodgson precipitated overtime with his third goal of the playoffs at 17:10 of the third period. He wheeled into the left-wing circle from behind the goal line and fired a shot that found its way past Beskorowany. Tanski and Ben Alavie assisted.

It was Hodgson’s 20th career playoff goal, giving him the Battalion club record ahead of Wojtek Wolski.

Werek and Moon scored early in the period to give Kingston a 3-2 lead. Werek struck at 2:56 after Taylor Doherty’s shot appeared to deflect off defender Ken Peroff’s stick to the left side, and Moon connected at 5:00 on the rebound of Derek Froats’s shot.

Durocher tied the game 1-1 at 10:39 of the second period before Santini replied at 13:05.

Moon delivered a pass across the goalmouth to Durocher, who beat a sprawled Killeen from the left wing, and Santini scored his second goal of the series after solid work along the boards by MacLeod. He got the puck to Kyle Pereira at the left point for a shot, and Santini went to the net to cash the rebound.

Killeen made a fine glove save against penalty killer Durocher at 7:00 after he intercepted a pass inside the Battalion blue line and darted alone across the slot.

Tanski scored the lone goal of the first period when he knocked home a power-play rebound at 13:19. It came during the second half of a double minor for high-sticking given Durocher for fouling Peroff.

Matt Clark fired a shot from the left point, and Jones and Tanski both whacked at the disc before Tanski collected his third goal.

Peroff, who received six stitches for a cut below the nose, returned to action before the midway point of the second period.

The Battalion endured several frustrating moments in the first frame, with Hodgson denied an apparent goal 31 seconds into the game when video review upheld the ruling that the puck had been struck with a high stick.

MacLeod, set up by Santini from behind the goal line, fanned on a shot in the slot in the fourth minute, and Beskorowany made a solid right-pad save against a MacLeod one-timer off a pass from Domenic Alberga in the eighth.

Hodgson hit the left post in the final minute of the period, in which the Troops had a 14-9 edge in shots.

Battalion scratches were Zach Bell, Shane Kinsella, Alex O’Neil and Ian Watters. Kingston scratched Steven Broek and Jaroslav Kruzik.

BATTALION NOTEBOOK: Attendance was 3,491 … The Battalion was 1-for-6 on the power play. Kingston went 0-for-4 … The Battalion has an all-time won-lost record of 6-12 in playoff overtime, including 2-6 on the road … Hodgson, the club’s career leader in playoff points, has 20 goals and 25 assists for 45 points in 35 postseason games … Clark has registered at least one point in every game of the series, the only player on either team to have done so. He has two goals and four assists for six points … The Battalion’s Barclay Goodrow saw the end of a three-game points streak in which he scored one goal and earned three assists for four points … Zach Harnden received a roughing penalty for molesting Hodgson at a stoppage early in the second period. Odam knocked off Hodgson’s helmet beside the Kingston net before Harnden was fingered by referee Craig Spada … Opening line combinations included Hodgson centring left winger Jones and right winger Tanski, Sam Carrick skating between left winger Stephon Thorne and right winger Philip Lane and Thomas Stajan centring left winger Craig Moore and Goodrow on right wing. Alberga, who had the second assist on the overtime goal, centred left winger Santini and right winger MacLeod … Stajan and Peroff each played a 33rd postseason game, passing Chris Clayton and Adam Henrich for fourth place on the Troops’ all-time list. Wolski leads with 40 … Watters lost a fourth game to an upper-body injury as the Battalion dressed the same lineup as in the fourth game, a 7-4 Kingston win Thursday night at Brampton … Kruzik, said to be suffering from flu, sat out on his 20th birthday. Clark Seymour dressed in Kruzik’s place.

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