A milestone performance from Brandon Foote made the Brampton Battalion victorious in the latest instalment of their rivalry with the Sudbury Wolves.
Foote turned aside 16 shots to record his first career Ontario Hockey League shutout, and the Battalion dominated from start to finish in a 4-0 victory over visiting Sudbury. The win allowed the Battalion (3-6-0-0) to earn a split of their home-and-home series with the Wolves (4-2-0-1), following a 4-3 loss to their Central Division rivals in Sudbury on Saturday night.
Foote, a 17-year-old rookie, has earned each of Brampton's three victories this season - seizing the starting job away from ineffective incumbent Patrick Killeen, who is winless in five starts with a 4.40 goals-against average.
After a pair of fights marred the end of their previous meeting, the Battalion and Wolves were feeling even more ornery Monday, squaring off in five fights and racking up more than 100 minutes in penalties.
Jason Dale scored twice to lead the Brampton attack, while Michael Hasson and Scott Tanski added singles as Brampton outshot Sudbury by a staggering 51-16 margin.
In other Ontario Hockey League action Monday, it was: Belleville 5 Ottawa 3; Kitchener 3 Guelph 2; Niagara 4 Peterborough 2; Owen Sound 4 Barrie 2; London 6 Oshawa 3; and Windsor 4 Kingston 0.
At Brampton, Ont., the Battalion opened the scoring 2:10 into the game on Hasson's first career OHL goal. They doubled their lead at the 8:08 mark on Dale's first of the game, as he converted a Thomas Stajan feed past Andrew Loverock.
Tanski increased Brampton's lead to three goals on the power play at 11:03 of the middle period before Dale rounded out the scoring with a power-play goal 3:40 into the third.
Despite the loss, Loverock was solid between the pipes, turning aside 47 shots.
Bulls 5 67's 3
At Belleville, Ont., Stephen Johnston scored the game winner midway through the second period and added a pair of assists as the Bulls downed Ottawa.
Nick Pageau had two while P.K. Subban and Cory Tanaka added singles for Belleville (7-3-0-0).
Thomas Nesbitt, Thomas Kiriakou and Corey Cowick replied for the 67's (5-5-0-0).
Rangers 3 Storm 2
At Kitchener, Ont., Parker Van Buskirk stopped 36 shots as the Rangers beat Guelph.
Steve Lock, Brandon Mashinter and T.J. Battani scored for Kitchener (5-2-0-1).
Cody McNaughton countered with both goals for the Storm (7-3-0-1).
IceDogs 4 Petes 2
At St. Catharines, Ont., Andrew Agozzino and Drew Schiestel had a goal and an assist each as the IceDogs ended a five-game losing streak by beating Peterborough.
Jay Gilbert and Andrew Merrett had the other goals for Niagara (3-3-1-3).
Tony Romano and Brett Theberge scored for the Petes (4-7-0-0).
Attack 4 Colts 2
At Owen Sound, Ont., Tyler Beskorowany turned aside 37 shots to lift the Attack past Barrie.
Joshua Ocampo, Joshua Domingues, Lane MacDermid and Joey Hishon scored for Owen Sound (3-4-1-1).
Andrew Clouthier and Matt Stanisz answered for the Colts (5-2-1-0).
Knights 6 Generals 3
At Oshawa, Ont., Phil Varone and John Carlson each had a goal and an assist as London jumped out to a 5-0 lead and held on to beat the Generals.
Kale Kerbashian, Jared Knight, Steven Tarasuk and Matt Clarke scored the other goals for the Knights (6-3-0-1).
Jeff Brown, Conor Stokes and John Tavares had singles for Oshawa (6-5-0-0).
Spitfires 4 Frontenacs 0
At Windsor, Ont., Andrei Loktionov scored two goals and Andrew Engelage made 13 saves for the shutout as the Spitfires cruised past Kingston.
Greg Nemsz and Justin Shugg also scored for the Spitfires (9-1-0-0).
Mavric Parks made 43 saves for the Frontenacs (2-6-1-0).