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SUDBURY, Ont. - Goaltender Matej Machovsky made 24 saves for his third shutout of the season in backstopping the Brampton Battalion to a 3-0 victory over the Sudbury Wolves in Ontario Hockey League action Sunday.
Sam Carrick, Brett Mackie on a penalty shot and Barclay Goodrow scored for the Battalion, which moved its won-lost-extended record to 13-7-3 for 29 points, first in the Central Division, one point ahead of the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors. Mississauga downed the host Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6-4 Sunday night.
Machovsky’s previous shutouts came in a 5-0 victory at Sudbury on Sept. 24 and a 4-0 decision over the visiting Peterborough Petes on Oct. 23. He preserved the whitewash with a save against Brody Silk, who was in alone behind the defence off Wolves pressure in the 10th minute of the final period.
“Any time you come out of a road trip like this with 50 percent of the points, it’s probably a positive thing,” said Battalion coach Stan Butler, whose charges went 1-1-1 on a three-game northwestern swing and ended a four-game road losing streak. The Troops’ previous away win was a 4-0 verdict over the Kingston Frontenacs on Oct. 21.
The Battalion nursed a 1-0 lead from Carrick’s early second-period goal until Mackie was awarded a penalty shot at 13:59 of the final frame after being impeded on a break-in attempt. Mackie beat Sudbury goaltender Johan Mattsson with a snap shot.
With the teams skating four a side, Goodrow stripped Justin Sefton of the puck just inside the Sudbury blue line and scored on the subsequent breakaway at 18:08. Goodrow collected his team-leading 10th goal of the season and stretched a career-high scoring streak to six games. He has seven goals in the span.
Mattsson faced 29 shots as Sudbury slipped to 10-10-1 for 21 points, fifth in the division.
Carrick dashed down the wing and blasted a shot from the right circle past Mattsson 10 seconds into the second period with the teams skating four-on-four. Cameron Wind and Zach Bell drew the assists.
Machovsky made a brilliant right-pad save against Nicholas Baptiste in the third minute, and Nathan Pancel hit the right post seconds later.
After Sudbury’s Frank Corrado went off for interference on Patrik Machac at 4:27, Mattsson was forced to make a right-pad stop on Michael Santini.
The Battalion encountered a run of three minor penalties in the second half of the period, with Brandon Robinson sentenced for slashing at 12:12 and Wind for tripping at 14:05, giving the Wolves a two-man advantage for seven seconds. Penalty killers Mackie and Philip Lane staged a two-man break-in during Wind’s banishment, with Mattsson stoning Lane after a cross-ice pass from Mackie on the left wing.
Jamie Lewis was assessed the last call, for tripping at 16:41, but the Troops killed that one as well.
The teams skated through a freewheeling first period without a goal, with the Battalion holding a 9-8 edge in shots.
Carrick and Santini threatened on a power play following Corrado’s slashing penalty at 5:14, with Carrick taking the initial shot and Santini failing to loft the rebound over Mattsson’s left pad.
Mathew Campagna and Michael MacDonald staged an offside rush that almost produced a goal for the Wolves in the 15th minute and, with the teams skating four a side, Corrado’s left-point blast hit the left post and fell just in front of Machovsky’s pad at 19:45.
The Battalion scratched Brenden Miller, Matt MacLeod, Alex O’Neil and Ian Watters. Sudbury scratches were Cody Mintz, Alex Racino and Adam Restoule.
The Battalion visits Mississauga at 11 a.m. Wednesday in a game predicated on a schools promotion.
BATTALION NOTEBOOK: Attendance at the Sudbury Community Arena was 3,995 ... Contrary to expectations, the game was not televised. The Wolves are in a dispute with the production company over Sudbury-area coverage ... Each team went 0-for-9 on the power play ... Machovsky had one shutout last season ... Carrick was called for boarding at 3:22 of the first period on a play on which Baptiste, Sudbury’s first-round pick in the OHL Priority Selection in May, fell into the boards at the Battalion bench. There was no malice involved, and Carrick was seen apparently apologizing before heading to the box ... Opening Battalion line combinations included Carrick centring left winger Mackie and right winger Goodrow, Machac pivoting left winger Robinson and right winger Lane and Mitchell Porowski skating between left winger Adam Lloyd and right winger Santini. Lewis centred Connor Jarvis on left wing and Andreas Tsogkas on the right side ... MacLeod sat out with concussion-like symptoms after being crosschecked by Darnell Nurse following a goal by Mackie in a 7-2 loss Friday night at Sault Ste. Marie. There was no penalty called, but the Battalion has brought the gratuitous violence to the attention of OHL vice-president Ted Baker ... O’Neil, who wasn’t on the trip, served the third game of a 10-game suspension for a head check on Frank Schumacher of the Niagara IceDogs in a 6-4 home-ice win Nov. 11, and Watters is recovering from surgery to repair severed tendons in his right wrist ... Like Miller, Mintz was a healthy scratch. Racino has a concussion, while Restoule, acquired in an Oct. 7 trade with the Plymouth Whalers, has undergone tests for an infection ... The referees were Korey Bannerman and Scott Ferguson.