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Menard leads Battalion to 4-1 win over Wolves; Brampton leads playoff series 1-0

Thursday, 03.21.2013 / 9:44 PM The Canadian Press

BRAMPTON, Ont. - Francis Menard scored and added two assists as the Brampton Battalion defeated the Sudbury Wolves 4-1 on Thursday to take a 1-0 series lead in their Ontario Hockey League first-round playoff series.

Barclay Goodrow scored the game-winning goal 41 seconds into the second period for Brampton, while Matt MacLeod and Dylan Blujus had its other goals. Patrik Machac chipped in with a pair of helpers for the home side.

Matt Schmalz had Sudbury's only goal.

MacLeod opened the scoring on the power play a little over three minutes into the game. That score held until Goodrow's goal early in the second period. Blujus scored with the man advantage to give the Battalion a 3-0 lead with less than two minutes to play in the second.

After Schmalz gave Sudbury some life two minutes into the third, Menard rounded out the scoring at the 8:30 mark of the final period, providing some added insurance.

Matej Machovsky stopped 17 of 18 shots for Brampton while Franky Palazzese allowed four goals on 27 shots.

Brampton went 2 for 3 on the power play, while Sudbury failed to capitalize on their two chances with the man advantage.

Game 2 goes Sunday afternoon in Brampton.

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