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Kaspars Daugavins scores a pair as the Majors edge the Battalion 3-2

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MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Kaspars Daugavins, who helped his home country of Latvia capture the gold medal in Pool B of the world Junior hockey championships last week, scored a pair of goals to lift the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors to a 3-2 victory over the Brampton Battalion on Friday night in the Ontario Hockey League.

Daugavins, who returned to Canada the day after Christmas following a hero's send-off by fans in his hometown of Riga, raised his season total in the OHL to 21 with his two-goal effort.

His first goal of the night at the 15-minute mark of the second period tied the game 1-1 and ended a Mississauga goal-scoring drought at 161 minutes, 28 seconds.

Mike Pelech had the other goal for Mississauga (18-15-1-0). It came early in the third period and staked the Majors to a 3-1 lead.

Cody Hodgson scored both goals for Brampton (20-12-1-2). They were Hodgson's 23rd and 24th of the season.

The Majors had 31 shots at Brampton netminder Bryan Pitton. Mississauga goaltender Chris Carrozzi stopped 26 of 27 shots.

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