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Kingston beats Brampton 2-1 to force Game 7; lose Werek to torn ACL

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The Kingston Frontenacs tied their Ontario Hockey League playoff series 3-3, but lost captain Ethan Werek in the process.

Kingston scored twice in the second period to rally to a 2-1 win over the Brampton Battalion on Sunday afternoon, forcing a decisive seventh game in their OHL playoff series.

Werek tore his ACL 13:15 into the middle period when Brampton's Matt Clark drilled him into the boards. Clark was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct for checking from behind.

Werek is doubtful for Tuesday's Game 7 in Kingston. The 18-year-old was drafted by the New York Rangers in the National Hockey League's 2009 amateur draft.

The Battalion had just killed off Clark's major at 18:35 of the second period when Gudbranson's point-shot got through traffic and past Patrick Killeen. The tally stood as the winner.

Whoever wins the series will face the top-seeded Barrie Colts in the next round of the playoffs.

Elsewhere in the OHL it was Ottawa 5 Niagara 1 and Kitchener 4 Saginaw 2.

At Brampton, Ont., Taylor Doherty and Gudbranson had the Frontenacs goals, while Beskorowany made 31 wins for the save.

Sean Jones was the lone scorer for the Battalion and Killeen stopped 23 shots.

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67's 5 IceDogs 1

At Ottawa, Corey Cowick's four goals led the 67's to a decisive victory over Niagara to win their first round playoff series 4-1.

Tyler Tofolli also scored for Ottawa, while Petr Mrazek stopped 31 shots.

Marco Insam was the lone scorer for the IceDogs, while Mark Visentin made 28 saves.

The 67's now move on to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2005. Ottawa will face the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors.

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Rangers 4 Spirit 2

At Saginaw, Mich., Kitchener scored three times in the first period and held off a late surge to beat the Spirit and move on to the second round of the playoffs.

Mickey Sartoretto, Jeff Skinner and Julian Cimadamore staked the Rangers to a 3-0 lead by the first intermission. Dan Kelly's empty-net goal added some insurance.

Ryan O'Connor and Jordan Hill scored goals for Saginaw, both with under seven minutes to play.

Kitchener won the series 4-2 and will face the London Knights in the next level of post-season play.

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