McIvor collects pair in Troops’ victory
BRAMPTON, Ont. – Marcus McIvor scored two goals to lead the Brampton Battalion to a 4-1 victory Sunday over the Sudbury Wolves, pulling the Troops within one point of second-place Sudbury in the Ontario Hockey League’s Central Division.
Barclay Goodrow and Matt MacLeod also scored for the Battalion, which moved its won-lost-extended record to 24-18-9 for 57 points.
Goaltender Matej Machovsky, who was credited with his second shutout of the season in a 1-0 loss via shootout to the host London Knights on Friday night, blanked the Wolves until Dominik Kubalik scored the last goal of the game at 12:02 of the third period.
Goaltender Franky Palazzese made 24 saves for Sudbury, which is 24-18-10 for 58 points and 13-2-6 in its last 21 games.
“We were happy with the game our guys played,” said coach Stan Butler, whose Troops carried a 1-0 lead into the third period. “The guys worked extremely hard today and played a great game.
“In the last 21 games, they’ve lost only twice in regulation, and they were both to us. We knew they were going to be a tough team. It’s a good test for us because we’re right behind them in the standings.”
Said MacLeod: “We knew they were going to come out hard and play good hockey. They’ve been playing well lately, so we knew we had to come out in the third and put the nail in the coffin early.”
Goodrow scored what proved to be the winning goal, his team-leading 26th of the season, on the power play 25 seconds into the third period. Goodrow, in the left-wing circle, took a diagonal pass from Brenden Miller and fired a low snap shot to the bottom right corner one second after a boarding penalty to the Battalion’s Zach Bell expired.
Defenceman McIvor made it 3-0 with his fourth goal at 1:36. McIvor fired the puck high inside the far post from the right point, with Brandon Robinson and Patrik Machac drawing assists. The play went to video review to determine that Machac hadn’t deflected the puck into the net with a high stick.
“We need to get scoring by committee,” noted Butler. “For us to be successful, we’re going to need different people to score goals, and today we got two from Marcus, who’s not a known sniper.”
MacLeod struck at 10:19, redirecting a left-point shot by Cameron Wind low to the right side.
“It’s an exciting goal for me,” said MacLeod, who established a career high with his 10th goal. “Obviously, I’d like to get a few more before the season is over, but coming into the year I wanted to set new career highs offensively.”
Kubalik scored from the inner edge of the right circle off a pass from the boards by Kevin Raine.
“Matej was great again today,” said Butler. “He’s been great for us all weekend. I felt bad for him there, because it looked as though he was going to get another shutout.”
With the teams skating four a side, McIvor scored from the right point at 13:44 of the first period. Jamie Lewis won a faceoff back to McIvor, who lobbed the rubber at the net to beat the screened Palazzese.
Raine drew a double minor for a check from behind on Blake Clarke 20 seconds into the game, but the Troops failed to capitalize.
Machovsky denied Mathew Campagna on a shorthanded breakaway in the second period after Michael Kantor went off for slashing at 3:47. Campagna faked a shot before trying to put the puck between Machovsky’s legs, but he closed the pads.
“He’s in a zone right now,” Butler said of Machovsky. “We’ve got five of six possible points now two weekends in a row, and a lot of credit has to go toward how he’s playing.”
The Battalion scratched Brendan Childerley. Sudbury was without Jacob Harris, Connor Burgess and Zach McFadden.
The Battalion hosts the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds at 7 p.m. Thursday.
BATTALION NOTEBOOK: Attendance was 1,920 … The Battalion went 1-for-5 on the power play. Sudbury was 0-for-6 … The Battalion is 16-6-3 at home. Sudbury is 10-12-4 on the road … Goodrow has 19 career game-winning goals, one more than Wojtek Wolski and second in club history to Cody Hodgson’s 23. Goodrow has 27 power-play goals, tied with Jay McClement for fifth place in Battalion annals. In 233 games, Goodrow has 82 goals and 65 assists for 147 points, one more than Chris Rowan and 14th in club history … Opening line combinations included Francis Menard centring left winger Nick Paul and right winger Goodrow, Lewis centring left winger Clarke and right winger MacLeod and Machac pivoting left winger Robinson and right winger Mathew Santos. Nicholas Foglia centred left winger Connor Jarvis and right winger Mike Amadio … Campagna had a seven-game points streak snapped. He had four goals and six assists for 10 points during the run. Teammate Nathan Pancel saw the end of a three-game points streak during which he had two goals and two assists for four points … Ray Huether’s three-game goal-scoring streak also ended. He added three assists in a 7-2 Sudbury victory Saturday night over the host Erie Otters … Onetime Battalion defenceman Bobby Sanguinetti of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes was in attendance. Sanguinetti played with the Troops in 2007-08 after being acquired from the Owen Sound Attack. He scored 29 goals and earned 41 assists for 70 points in 61 games that season and played for the United States at the 2008 World Junior Championship … It was Colorectal Cancer Awareness Day at the Powerade Centre … The referees were Jeff Campbell and Joe Celestin.