BRAMPTON, Ont. - Even with their spot secured in the Ontario Hockey League's playoffs, the Brampton Battalion managed to play the role of reverse spoiler on the final day of the regular season.
Matt Duchene and Cody Hodgson both scored in the shootout to secure a 5-4 victory over Oshawa, eliminating the Generals from playoff contention on Sunday afternoon in the Ontario Hockey League.
The Generals needed a win combined with a Sudbury Wolves loss in regulation to the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors in order to make the playoffs. The Wolves lost 5-4 in overtime to secure the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Battalion (47-19-1-1) finished second in the East Division and will face the seventh-seeded Peterborough Petes in the first round. The series starts Friday night in Brampton.
"They're a team (Peterborough) that battles hard every game. We just need to play our game," said Battalion forward Matt Kang, who scored twice, including the tying goal on a power play with 51 seconds left in the third period.
Hodgson and Anthony Peluso also scored in regulation for Brampton while Robert Kousal, Tyler Taylor, Victor Terreri and Kory Nagy replied for Oshawa (25-35-2-6).
Patrick Killeen made 30 saves for the Battalion. Generals netminder Neil Conway stopped 36 shots.