After a bumpy start to the season, everything is going right for Evgeny Grachev and the Brampton Battalion.
Bolstered by Grachev's four-goal performance, the Battalion tied a club record for consecutive wins with 14, doubling up on the Ottawa 67's 4-2 on Sunday afternoon in the Ontario Hockey League.
"It's a lot of fun with the success we're having, that's for sure," Grachev said, "We just want to keep winning games."
The 18-year-old import from Yaroslavl, Russia, couldn't find the net in his first six games as a member of Brampton. He scored his first OHL goal on Oct. 16 against Barrie and has added 11 more since then.
The Battalion, who also won 14 straight to close out the 2005-06 regular season, have now won ten consecutive games at home, a new franchise record. Brampton (16-6-0-0) is tied with the Shawinigan Cataractes of the QMJHL for the longest current winning streak in the CHL.
Grachev's linemates, Matt Duchene and Scott Tanski, combined for six assists. Duchene had four while Tanski added two.
"They're great guys to play with," said Grachev. "They have lots of skill and they do a great job down low."
Elsewhere in the OHL, it was: London 2, Guelph 0; Oshawa 3, Kingston 1; and Sudbury 6, Sarnia 3.
At Brampton, Ont., Martin Paryzek and Riley Sonnenburg replied for the 67's (12-10-0-2), who will host the Battalion in the back-end of a home-and-home on Friday.
Brandon Foote made 16 saves to earn the win for Brampton, while Ottawa netminding duty was split between Adam Courchaine, who allowed three goals on 13 shots, and Chris Perugini, who made 21 saves.
Knights 2, Storm 0
At London, Ont., Trevor Cann posted his second shutout in four starts as the Knights blanked Guelph.
Cann made 19 saves to record his third shutout of the season and sixth of his OHL career. The Oakville, Ont., native is 5-0 since joining the Knights, posting a 1.77 GAA and a save percentage of .933.
Mike Varone scored late in the second period and John Carlson added a shorthanded empty-netter for the Knights (17-5-0-1), who have won six straight.
Netminder Thomas McCollum stopped 24 shots in a losing effort for Guelph (13-8-1-2).
Generals 3, Frontenacs 1
At Oshawa, Ont., John Tavares had a goal and an assist to lead the Generals over Kingston.
Michael Del Zotto and James DeLory scored the other goals for Oshawa (11-11-0-1).
Neil Conway made 22 saves for his fourth win in the past five games, but lost his shutout bid when Nathan Moon scored shorthanded for the Frontenacs (5-13-4-1) with 51 seconds remaining in the game.
Wolves 6, Sting 3
At Sudbury, Ont., Patrik Lusnak scored three goals and added an assist as the Wolves jumped out to a 4-0 first-period lead and went on to defeat Sarnia.
John McFarland scored twice and Jake Cardwell added a single marker for Sudbury (10-9-1-1), who snapped a four-game losing skid. Eric O'Dell had three assists.
Justin DiBenedetto, Steve Ferry and Matt Martin replied for the Sting (10-10-1-1).