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Kurz scores a pair as Sudbury holds off Tavares, Generals 7-4

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SUDBURY, Ont. - John Kurtz scored twice and the Sudbury Wolves survived a late Oshawa rally - and a big night from John Tavares - in a 7-4 win over the Generals on Friday night in the Ontario Hockey League.

Kurtz scored twice in Sudbury's four-goal first period, and the Wolves extended their lead to 5-1 early in the second period on a goal from Matt Dias.

Oshawa replied with three straight second-period goals - including two by Tavares, who finished third in OHL scoring last season and is considered one of the top prospects for the 2009 NHL draft. His second of the game, a short-handed goal at 17:10 of the period, cut the lead to 5-4.

Patrik Lusnak restored Sudbury's two-goal cushion 47 seconds later, and Eric O'Dell added an empty-net goal to conclude the scoring in the final minute of the game.

J.K. Gill and Dean Howard had the other goals for the Wolves (1-0-0-0).

Tavares finished with two goals and two assists for the Generals (0-1-0-0). Robert Kousal added a pair of goals, while Calvin de Haan chipped in with three assists.

Andrew Loverock earned the win with 22 saves for Sudbury.

Neil Conway stopped 29 shots for Oshawa.

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