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OHL roundup: A look at Thursday's games

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Hard work in the last minute of play in each period set the tone on Thursday for the Windsor Spitfires and Brampton Battalion.

Ben Johnson scored twice as Windsor defeated Brampton 5-2 in Ontario Hockey League play.

Nick Czinder, Alexander Khokhlachev and Chris Marchese had the goals for the Spitfires.

Brenden Miller and Zack Bell replied for the Battalion.

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.

Elsewhere in the OHL it was: Niagara 2 Spirit 1 and Barrie 5 Kitchener 3.

At Windsor, Ont., Jaroslav Pavelka made 35 saves for the Spitfires (27-28-6), while Machovsky made 18 saves for the Battalion (32-20-9).

IceDogs 2 Spirit 1

At St. Catharines, Ont., Mark Visentin made 42 saves as the Niagara picked up its 40th win of the season over Saginaw.

Mitchell Theoret and Alex Friesen scored for the IceDogs (40-17-3).

Terry Trafford was the lone Saginaw (27-26-8) player to beat Visentin. Jake Paterson made 37 stops for the Spirit.

Colts 5 Rangers 3

At Barrie, Ont., Mathias Niederberger turned aside 35 shots to backstop the Colts in a victory over Kitchener.

Ivan Telegin, Tanner Pearson, Aaron Ekblad, Erik Bradford and Alex Lepkowski had the goals for Barrie (36-21-4), who have won seven of their last eight.

Tobias Rieder, Ben Thomson and Andrew Crescenzi replied for the Rangers (38-20-2).

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