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Clarke scores winner as the Battalion end winless streak

Sunday, 01.13.2013 / 5:04 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Clarke scores winner as the Battalion end winless streak

BRAMPTON, Ont. - Blake Clarke scored the eventual winner at 4:38 of the third period as the Brampton Battalion came from behind to beat the visiting Sudbury Wolves 2-1 on Sunday in Ontario Hockey League action.

Jamie Lewis also scored for the Battalion (20-18-7), who snapped a five-game winless streak, and Dylan Blujus picked up an assist on each of his club's goals.

“The big thing for us was to end the losing streak," said Clarke. "And to beat a division rival today was huge.” said Clarke.

Matt Schmalz scored for the Wolves (20-17-7), who lost in regulation for the first time in 13 games.

Matej Machovsky only had to make 13 saves for the win as Franky Palazzese turned aside 31-of-33 shots in a losing cause.

The Battalion went 1 for 5 on the power play while the Wolves failed to score on either of their chances with the man advantage.

Sudbury opened the scoring with six and a half minutes remaining in the first period when Dominik Kahun fed Schmalz a quick pass in front of the Battalion net, which was converted past Machovsky.

Brampton tied the game halfway through the second period on the power play when Brenden Miller set up Lewis, who found an opening and wristed a shot past Palazzese.

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