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MacLean, Tavares combine for seven points as Oshawa beats Mississauga 6-3

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MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Left winger Brett MacLean scored twice and added two assists and linemate John Tavares increased his lead in the individual scoring race with a three-point night as the Oshawa Generals beat the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors 6-3 in Ontario Hockey League action Wednesday night.

MacLean, a draft pick of the Phoenix Coyotes, scored his third and fourth goals of the season and his four-point night boosted his total to 14 points in just five games this season.

"We have a lot of veteran guys on this team and it's nice knowing that we have a chance to win every night we play," said MacLean, who missed the first five games of the season while serving a five-game suspension that carried over from last season.

"The big thing for me is to help this team as much as I can and help us go further in the playoffs this year."

Tavares, named the OHL and Canadian Hockey League player of the week Monday, scored his league-leading 14th goal of the season and drew assists on MacLean's first goal of the night as well as Brett Parnham's fourth goal of the season in the third period.

Tavares now has 25 points in nine games this season, putting him five points ahead of Shawn Matthias of the Belleville Bulls atop the OHL scoring race.

Corey Cowick and Shea Kewin scored the other goals for the Generals (6-2-0-1), who scored three times in the third period to break a 3-3 deadlock. It was Oshawa's third win in a row.

Kris Sparre, Rob Kwiet and Zac Rinaldo scored for the Majors (3-4-1-0), who lost their second game in a row.

Veteran goaltender Wayne Savage started for the Majors, but he was pulled midway through the second period after surrendering MacLean's first goal of the night. Savage faced 21 shots before being replaced by Chris Carrozzi, who stopped eight of 11 shots.

Oshawa netminder Daryl Borden turned back 21 of 24 shots.

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