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Johnson and Pavelka lead Windsor Spitfires past Brampton Battalion 5-2

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WINDSOR, Ont. - Ben Johnson scored twice and Jaroslav Pavelka made 35 saves as the Windsor Spitfires defeated the Brampton Battalion 5-2 on Thursday on Ontario Hockey League play.

Nick Czinder, Alexander Khokhlachev and Chris Marchese had the goals for the Spitfires (27-28-6).

Brenden Miller and Zack Bell replied for the Battalion (32-20-9).

Both teams appeared to grab momentum in the game by scoring in the last minute of play in a period. Bell's fourth goal of the season for Brampton came with just 0.3 seconds left in the opening period and tied the game at 2-2.

Marchese's 19th goal of the season came with 43.3 seconds left in the second period when he broke in on an odd-man rush from centre ice and wired a wristshot past the outstretched blocker of Brampton goaltender Matej Machovsky.

That goal staked the Spitfires to a 4-2 lead after 40 minutes of play.

Spitfire defenceman Nick Ebert was injured during the second period after being checked by a Brampton player on a play that saw the Battalion player's shoulder strike Ebert in the head.

Ebert appeared dazed and played just one more shift in the middle frame before retiring to the Windsor dressing room. He did not return to the game.

Johnson scored his second goal of the game into an empty net to salt the game away for the Spitfires.

Machovsky made 18 saves for the Battalion.

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