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OHL Roundup: Battalion edge Colts 3-2 to advance to Eastern Conference final

Sunday, 04.13.2014 / 9:04 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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OHL Roundup: Battalion edge Colts 3-2 to advance to Eastern Conference final

BARRIE, Ont. - Ben Thompson scored twice, including the eventual winner on a short-handed goal, as the North Bay Battalion edged the Barrie Colts 3-2 Sunday to advance to the Ontario Hockey League's Eastern Conference final.

North Bay will play the Oshawa Generals, who beat the Peterborough Petes in four straight games, starting Friday.

Nick Paul had a goal and an assist for the Battalion, who took the best-of-seven series over the Colts 4-2.

Barrie's Garrett Hooey opened the scoring at 1:23, but North Bay scored three straight for a 3-1 edge. Aaron Ekblad pulled the Colts to within one with 13 seconds remaining in the third period.

Battalion goaltender Jake Smith stopped 29 shots in the victory. Barrie's Mackenzie Blackwood shouldered the loss after making 19 saves.

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