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OHL: Grachev shines as Brampton defeats Peterborough

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The Canadian Press
3/21/2009 1:04:06 AM
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Evgeni Grachev opened his first Ontario Hockey League playoff campaign the same way he played all season.

Grachev, who set an OHL record for rookie scoring during the season, scored twice and added a pair of assists in his playoff debut on Friday to lead the Brampton Battalion to a 5-2 victory over the Peterborough Petes in the first game of their Eastern Conference quarter-final series.

"We knew Peterborough was going to come hard at us so we just made sure to play our game," said Grachev, who broke Jason Spezza's rookie mark of 71 points with 40 goals and 40 assists this season. "We struggled a little bit in the second period but were able to put them away in the third."

Brampton dominated the first period, outshooting the Petes 22-4 and finding the net three times, each goal coming on the power play. Peterborough found themselves unable to keep their discipline in check, taking ten minor penalties in the opening frame.

Things went a little bit differently in the second, with Peterborough dominating the shots category by a count of 18-4 and pulling to within two thanks to a shorthanded goal from Zach Harnden.

Grachev, a Russian import, put the game out of reach with his pair of tallies in the third period. Sergey Korostin brought the Petes to within three with 1:18 remaining in regulation but it was too little, too late.

Elsewhere in the OHL, it was: Niagara 5, Ottawa 3; Windsor 7, Owen Sound 5; London 5, Erie 2; and Mississauga 4, Barrie 3.

At Brampton, Ont., Matt Duchene also scored a pair of goals for the Battalion, with Anthony Peluso adding another. Cody Hodgson contributed four assists.

Jason Missiaen stopped 34 of 39 shots for Peterborough while Brampton netminder Thomas McCollum made 25 saves in the Battalion net.

IceDogs 5, 67's 3

At Ottawa, Niagara used a strong second period to steal a win in its series opener against the 67's.

"The second period is what did us in," 67's coach and general manager Brian Kilrea said. "We played well the first period and were moving the puck, then in the second period we just couldn't win a battle, we couldn't get the puck out and we couldn't get any offence. That's where the game was won and lost."

Drew Schiestel, Chris DeSousa, Freddie Hamilton, Michael Maione and Andrew Agozzino scored for the IceDogs.

Thomas Kiriakou, Logan Couture and Corey Cowick scored for Ottawa.

Spitfires 7, Attack 5

At Owen Sound, Ont., Ryan Ellis and Taylor Hall each scored twice and added an assist as Windsor recovered from a 4-1 deficit to down the Attack and take a 2-0 lead in their quarter-final series.

After trailing 3-0 after five minutes and 4-1 by the end of the first period, Windsor scored six straight goals. Rob Kwiet had a goal and an assist and Dale Mitchell also scored in that span for the Spitfires, who outshot Owen Sound 71-31. Justin Shugg scored in the first and Andrei Loktionov added three assists.

Joey Hishon scored twice for the Attack, while Garrett Wilson and Mike Lomas had a goal and an assist each. Milan Doczy also scored.

Knights 5, Otters 2

At London, Ont., Philip McRae scored twice, including the game-winner, as the Knights defeated Erie to take a 1-0 series lead.

John Tavares and Phil Varone had a goal and two assists each for London, while Michael Del Zotto added three assists and Nazem Kadri finished with a goal and an assist.

Shawn Szydlowski opened the scoring nine seconds into the game, while Greg McKegg had the other marker for the Otters.

Majors 4, Colts 3

At Mississauga, Ont., Mike Pelech scored late in the second period and the Majors hung to win their opening game against Barrie.

Rob Flick and Jesse Messier had the other goals for Mississauga, which battled back from a 3-1 first-period deficit.

Alex Hutchings had a pair of goals for the Colts, including a shorthanded marker, and Stefan Della Rovere had the other.

Brampton Battalion (Photo: TSN)

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