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Hodgson shines as Brampton clinches Central by pummelling the Petes 7-0

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BRAMPTON, Ont. - Cody Hodgson scored a pair of power-play goals and added two assists as the Brampton Battalion clinched their second consecutive Central Division title with a 7-0 thrashing of the Peterborough Petes on Sunday afternoon in the Ontario Hockey League.

Brampton moved within two points of the Belleville Bulls, with a game in hand on the Eastern Conference leaders.

"It was a big win for us. We used the momentum from Saturday's win in Belleville heading into today," said Hodgson.

The Battalion (42-18-1-1) also got power-play goals from Matt Duchene and Scott Tanski as they went 4-for-7 with the man advantage.

"The power play's coming around, that's for sure," added Hodgson, who has been a beacon of consistency for Brampton, recording at least a point in all but five of the 47 games he's played this season.

Tanski added an even-strength marker and Duchene chipped in with three assists for a four-point effort, the fifth time this season the draft-eligible prospect from Haliburton, Ont., has scored four or more points in a game. Craig Moore and Matt Kang also scored.

Patrick Killeen had a relatively easy afternoon in goal, stopping 12 shots for the shutout. The Battalion has outscored their opponents 17-1 during their current three-game winning streak.

With the loss, Peterborough (25-34-1-2) remains one point behind the Oshawa Generals for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Petes netminder Ryan Daniels made 27 saves.

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