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OHL Roundup: Michael Clarke strikes twice as Petes down Spitfires

Friday, 02.01.2013 / 3:14 AM / News

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OHL Roundup: Michael Clarke strikes twice as Petes down Spitfires

Michael Clarke scored twice, including the winner, as the Peterborough Petes defeated the Windsor Spitfires 7-5 in the Ontario Hockey League on Thursday.

Chase Hatcher, Stephen Pierog, Jonatan Tanus, Stephen Nosad and Greg Betzold had the other goals for the Petes (15-27-7), while Nick Ritchie chipped in with three assists.

Michael Giugovaz made 30 saves to pick up the win.

Clarke's first-period goal and third-period winner were his first two as a Pete since being acquired from Windsor earlier this month.

The Petes jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first period and upped that advantage to 5-2 midway through the second.

Windsor goalie Jaroslav Pavelka was pulled after allowing five goals on 26 shots and was replaced by Jordan Dekort, who made 20 saves in a relief effort

Nick Ebert, Kerby Rychel, Remy Giftopoulos, Brady Vail, Ben Johnson scored for the Spitfires (20-22-7), who got three goals in just under eight minutes to knot the game at 5-5 after two periods of play.

But Clarke's second of the night and Betzold's empty-netter in the third period were the difference.

Elsewhere in the OHL it was: Mississauga 3 Brampton 4 and Sudbury 4 Niagara 1.

Battalion 4 Steelheads 3

At Brampton, Ont., Blake Clarke scored a goal and added an assist as the Battalion held off Mississauga.

Barclay Goodrow and Nick Paul had the other goals for Brampton (23-18-8).

Stuart Percy, Riley Brace and Trevor Carrick replied for the Steelheads (22-22-4).

Wolves 4 IceDogs 1

At St. Catharines, Ont., Jeff Corbett scored two goals as Sudbury defeated Niagara.

Evan de Haan and Ray Huether had the other goals for the Wolves (23-17-10).

Ryan Strome replied for the IceDogs (23-23-4), who outshot Sudbury 33-25 overall but are now winless in eight games.

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You know what? We've played in some pretty special buildings along this playoff run so far. You start in Detroit, you go to Montreal, you come here … I think it's the first team to beat three Original Six teams to get to the Final if I'm not mistaken. That says how tough the road has been. Those are tough places to win.

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