Top prospect Matt Duchene scored the overtime winner as the Brampton Battalion beat the Kingston Frontenacs 4-3 to win their 11th straight on Thursday night in the Ontario Hockey League.
Duchene's 26th goal of the season came four minutes and 30 seconds into the extra period as the Battalion (35-14-1-1) avoided being upset by Kingston, the worst team in the OHL. The win puts Brampton into a tie with the Belleville Bulls for first place in the Eastern Conference.
Duchene, who sits second in Battalion scoring with 63 points, is on a six-game point streak, with four goals and four assists in that span. The Haliburton, Ont., native is second amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting Bureau's midseason rankings, behind only John Tavares.
Elsewhere in tje OHL it was: Peterborough 3 Mississauga 1; Windsor 4 Owen Sound 3 (SO); and Niagara 5 Sault Ste. Marie 3.
At Brampton, Ont., Jason Dale scored twice and Matt Clark added another for the Battalion, who haven't lost since dropping a 5-3 decision to the Barrie Colts on January 10th.
Nathan Moon had two goals and Ethan Werek also scored for the Frontenacs (10-31-6-3), who were looking to stun another division leader after beating the London Knights 3-2 in their last game.
Patrick Killeen made 28 saves for the Battalion, while Kingston netminder John Cullen stopped 35 shots.
Petes 3 Majors 1
At Peterborough, Ont., Ryan Daniels made 42 saves to lead the Petes past Mississauga.
Ryan Spooner, Zack Kassian and Tony Romano scored for the Petes (21-30-0-2).
Jared Gomes had the lone goal for the Majors (26-22-1-2).
Spitfires 4 Attack 3 (SO)
At Windsor, Ont., Dale Mitchell scored his second shootout winner of the season and Taylor Hall added his 31st and 32nd goals of the campaign as the Spitfires defeated Owen Sound.
Jesse Blacker had the other goal for the league-leading Spitfires (45-6-0-1).
Josh Moes scored twice and Marcus Carroll had the other goal for the Attack (20-19-6-6).
IceDogs 5 Greyhounds 3
At St. Catharines, Ont., Drew Schiestel and Patrick Lee each had a goal and two assists and Jeremy Smith made 44 saves as Niagarabeat Sault Ste. Marie.
Freddie Hamilton, Alex Friesen and Chris DeSousa also scored for Niagara (22-21-4-5).
Matthew Lyall scored twice and James Livingston added a goal and an assist for Sault Ste. Marie (16-33-2-1).