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Short-handed Brampton Battalion pound Niagara IceDogs 9-2 @NHL

BRAMPTON, Ont. - Despite being without forwards Cody Hodgson and Matt Duchene, the Brampton Battalion exploded for six goals in the opening period en route to a 9-2 win over the Niagara IceDogs in OHL action Sunday.

Hodgson and Duchene are in Ottawa vying for spots on the Canadian team for the upcoming world junior hockey championship.

The Battalion (22-10-1) didn't need them. The six-goal outburst matched a team record for goals in a period, set in February 2006.

Scott Tanski led the way for the Battalion with two goals and two assists. Evgeni Grachev also scored a pair with Sam Nyberg, Stephon Thorne, Kyle Decoste and Josh Shalla rounded out the scoring for the Central Divison-leading Battalion, who snapped a two-game slide with the win.

Andrew Merrett and Thomas Middup replied for IceDogs (12-14-8), who have now lost four straight. Niagara was without Alex Pietrangelo, who is also attending the national junior camp.

Brandon Foote made 16 saves for Brampton.

Mark Visentin gave up six goals on 12 shots in the first period before being replaced by John Cullen, who turned aside 14 of 17 shots in the final 40 minutes.

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