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The second round of the Ontario Hockey League playoffs is starting to take shape after the Brampton Battalion and the Saginaw Spirit both wrapped up their conference quarter-finals Thursday.

The Battalion beat Peterborough 3-2, completing a four game sweep of the Petes, while the Spirit finished a sweep of the Guelph Storm with a 4-1 victory.

Brampton and Saginaw join the top-ranked Windsor Spitfires, who advanced Thursday after completing a sweep of Owen Sound.

Elsewhere in OHL playoff action it was: London 4 Erie 2; Barrie 3 Mississauga 2 (OT); Ottawa 6 Niagara 4; and Plymouth 5 Sarnia 0.

At Peterborough, Ont., Thomas McCollum made 32 saves to help the Battalion advance.

Matt Duchene, Andrew Merrett and Brad Albert staked Brampton to a 3-0 lead.

Peterborough's Tony Romano scored two third-period goals to make it close, but the Petes couldn't find the game-tying goal.

Petes coach Ken McRae said his club had nothing to be ashamed of against a very good and heavily-favoured Battalion squad.

"We knew we were up against a wall before the puck dropped against these guys," told the Peterborough Examiner. "I told them after he game it's sad and disappointing, but you have to walk out of here with your heads held high. We gave ourselves a chance to get this series to 2-2 the way we played at home, with a break or two here or there."

Battalion coach and GM Stan Butler was generally pleased with his' club's first-round performance.

"The main thing is we got the job done," Butler told the Examiner. "You have to give Peterborough a lot of credit, too. They battled hard in the last period. That's a credit to their coaching staff and their players. "

Jason Missiaen made 30 saves for the Petes.

At Guelph, T.J. Brodie had a goal and an assist in the Spirit's series-clinching win.

Richard Jarusek, Chris Chappell and Nick Crawford also scored for the Spirit.

Peter Holland replied for the Storm.

Edward Pasquale made 19 saves for Saginaw while Jake Fischer stopped 39 shots for Guelph.

Knights 4 Otters 2

At Erie, Pa., Michael Del Zotto and Phil Varone each had a goal and an assist as London took a 3-1 series lead over the Otters.

Scott Aarssen and Justin Taylor, into an empty net, also scored for London, while John Carlson added two assists.

Greg McKegg and Tyler Hostetter replied for Erie.

Game 5 is Saturday in London, Ont.


Colts 3 Majors 2 (OT)

At Barrie, Ont., Darren Archibald scored in overtime and the Colts avoided elimination with a win over Mississauga.

Michael Sgarbossa scored two regulation goals for Barrie.

Jared Gomes and Kaspars Daugavins scored fro Mississauga.

The Majors lead the series 3-1, with Game 5 going Saturday in Barrie.


67's 6 IceDogs 4

At St. Catharines, Ont., Thomas Kiriakou scored two third-period goals as the Ottawa pulled even in its Eastern Conference quarter-final with Niagara.

Logan Couture also scored twice for the 67's while Stephen Blunden and Cody Lindsay added singles.

Andrew Agozzino had two goals for Niagara while Drew Schiestel and Mathew Sisca also scored.

The series is tied 2-2. Game 5 is Saturday in St. Catharines.


Whalers 5 Sting 0

At Sarnia, Ont., Matt Caria scored twice and added an assist and Matt Hackett made 27 saves as Plymouth took a 3-1 series lead over the Sting.

Tyler Seguin added a goal and two assists for Plymouth, while Tyler J. Brown and Ryan Hayes also scored.

Dan Spence stopped 27 shots for the Sting.

Game 5 is Saturday in Plymouth, Mich.

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