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Grachev extends streak with three points as Brampton boots Sarnia 7-2

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BRAMPTON, Ont. - Evgeny Grachev extended his point streak to six games with two goals and an assist as the Brampton Battalion dismantled the Sarnia Sting 7-2 on Sunday afternoon in the Ontario Hockey League.

Grachev, playing his first season in North America after being drafted by the New York Rangers in 2008, ranks third in scoring on Brampton with 46 points (24 goals, 22 assists) in 36 games. The Russian import is only behind top prospect Matt Duchene (55 points) and Vancouver first-rounder Cody Hodgson (52) on the Central Division leading club.

Grachev has recorded at least a point in six games since returning from Ottawa, where he represented Russia at the World Junior Championship. He has five goals and six assists in that span.

Anthony Peluso scored twice, Ken Peroff had a goal and two assists and Jason Dale added a goal for the Battalion (28-14-1-1). Hodgson also scored, while Duchene chipped in two assists.

Justin DiBenedeto and Jamie Arniel replied for Sarnia (22-19-2-3).

Thomas McCollum made 18 saves for Brampton. Sting netminding duty was split between Dan Spence, who allowed six goals on 21 shots, and Shayne Campbell, who stopped 15 of 16.

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