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Cody Hodgson scores four goals as Battalion down Whalers 8-4 @NHL

BRAMPTON, Ont. - After registering his first career Ontario Hockey League hat-trick Sunday afternoon, Brampton Battalion captain Cody Hodgson did one better Thursday night.

He scored four.

The 10th overall selection by the Vancouver Canucks in last June's NHL Draft scored four times and added an assist as the Battalion doubled the Plymouth Whalers 8-4, increasing the team's win streak to nine games.

"It feels good but more importantly, we're on a nine-game winning streak right now and we have the franchise record (14) in our sights," said Hodgson.

Matt Duchene scored twice and added a couple of assists, with Evgeny Grachev and Ken Peroff rounding out the scoring for the Central Division leading Battalion.

Tyler J. Brown, Patrick Lee, Joe Gaynor and Tyler G. Brown replied for the Whalers, who had a 3-1 second-period lead before the Battalion exploded for four goals in a 3:51 span.

Brandon Foote started the game in goal for Brampton but was pulled in favour of Patrick Killeen after surrendering three goals on nine shots. Plymouth backstopper Jeremy Smith struggled, giving up eight goals on 34 shots.

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