Cody Hodgson's return to the Brampton Battalion could not have been more timely.
Scott Tanski and Hodgson combined for three goals and six points to spark the Battalion to a 4-0 victory over the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors on Friday night in the Ontario Hockey League. Hodgson, who missed Brampton's first 50 games of the season while recovering from a herniated disc injury suffered in the off-season, had a goal and two assists. Tanski, Hodgson's linemate, scored twice and added an assist as Brampton solidified its hold on fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
"We're having a lot of fun right now," said Hodgson, whose short-handed goal early in the second period was his sixth since returning to the Brampton lineup on Feb. 4. "We're playing pretty solid defensively. We've been pretty good lately in our own end."
Goaltender Patrick Killeen registered his second shutout in as many nights, handling only 14 shots.
It was Killeen's third shutout of the month and fifth of the season. Killeen, who turned aside 38 shots in blanking Sudbury on Thursday night, has not allowed a goal in 142 minutes 23 seconds.
Elsewhere in the OHL it was Kingston 5 Belleville 2; Guelph 6 Peterborough 4; Ottawa 5 Kitchener 4 (OT); Sault Ste. Marie 7 Windsor 3; London 3 Sudbury 2 and Barrie 9 Oshawa 2.
At Mississauga, Ont., Matt Clark scored the other goal for Brampton (23-25-13).
Chris Carrozzi stopped 16 shots in the Mississauga (38-17-6) net.
Frontenacs 5 Bulls 2
At Kingston, Ont., Mitch Lebar scored twice and added an assist as the Frontenacs rode to a win over Belleville.
Michael Fine opened scoring for Kingston (31-26-4), while Ethan Werek and Derek Froats also tallied.
Andy Bathgate and Alex Aleardi provided the offence for the Bulls (18-36-7).
Storm 6 Petes 4
At Guelph, Ont., Taylor Beck had a pair of goals as the Storm topped Peterborough.
Michael Latta scored and added two assists for Guelph (28-28-4), while Mathew Sisca, Francis Menard and Cody McNaughton also tallied.
Brett Theberge had back-to-back scores for Peterborough (25-33-4), while Jamie Wise and Jamie Doornbosch chipped in as well.
67's 5 Rangers 4 (OT)
At Kitchener, Ont., Julien Demers had the winner to cap a four-goal rally as Ottawa edged the Rangers.
Cody Lindsay, Ryan Martindale and Ryan Hanes scored three unanswered goals to force the extra period for Ottawa (32-22-7), while Tyler Toffoli had a power-play marker in the first.
Julian Cimadamore opened scoring for Kitchener (38-17-6), while Gabriel Landeskog, Jason Akeson and Dan Kelly gave the Rangers a 4-1 lead at the end of the second period.
Greyhounds 7 Spitfires 3
At Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Daniel Catenacci and Carson Dubchak both scored twice and added an assist as the Greyhounds upset Windsor.
Nick Cousins, Jordan Nolan and Dominic DeSando had the other goals for Sault Ste. Marie (32-24-5).
Taylor Hall had a goal and set one up for the Spitfires (46-11-5), while Eric Wellwood and Scott Timmins also scored.
Knights 3 Wolves 2
At Sudbury, Ont., Daniel Erlich scored twice as London came from behind to nip the Wolves.
Michael MacDonald notched the winner for London (44-15-2) with less than two minutes left to play.
John McFarland and Eric O'Dell supplied the offence for Sudbury (23-32-5).
Colts 9 Generals 2
At Oshawa, Ont., Matt Kennedy scored twice and added an assist as Barrie jumped out to a 6-0 lead on way to a rout of the Generals.
Bryan Cameron and Alex Hutchings also had three points, including a goal each, for the Colts (50-8-2). T.J. Brodie, Alexander Burmistrov, Kyle Clifford, David Mazurek and Taylor Carnevale also tallied.
Jeff Hayes and Tyler Taylor scored third-period goals for Oshawa (22-34-5).