Evan de Haan scores in OT as Wolves end junior hockey in Brampton

Saturday, 03.30.2013 / 12:24 AM The Canadian Press

BRAMPTON, Ont. - Fifteen seasons of Brampton Battalion hockey came to a heartbreaking end Friday.

Evan de Haan scored at 6:23 of overtime to lift the Sudbury Wolves to a 1-0 win over the host Battalion in Ontario Hockey League playoff action Friday.

Battalion goaltender Jake Smith stopped Michael Kantor's shot, but de Haan was able to poke home the rebound before Smith could slide across the crease.

The victory moves Sudbury into the Eastern Conference semifinals after taking the first-round matchup 4-1 while Brampton played its final game at the Powerade Centre as the club is moving to North Bay, Ont., for the 2013-14 season.

Sudbury's Franky Palazzese was spectacular in front of 2,903 fans, stopping 35 shots including a high-light reel glove save on Blake Clarke moments before de Haan's clincher. Smith made 21 saves in defeat.

Both teams went 0 for 3 on the power play.

The Wolves outscored their opponents 15-13 in the series and needed overtime twice to eliminate the Battalion. Mathew Campagna led Sudbury in scoring with two goals and six points while Clarke was Brampton's top scorer in the series with three goals and three assists.

The Battalion had taken the first game of the series but the Wolves roared back with four straight wins, including a 5-4 overtime thriller on home ice on Thursday.

Sudbury will face either the Belleville Bulls or the Oshawa Generals in the second round.

Brampton will begin play at a newly-renovated Memorial Gardens in North Bay this upcoming fall. This will be North Bay's second tenure with the OHL, having housed the Centennials from 1982 to 2002. That team relocated to Michigan to become the Saginaw Spirit.

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