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LIVE BLOG - Battalion vs Generals Game 2

Sunday, April 20, 2014   by: Chris Dawson

LIVE BLOG - BATTALION VS GENERALS  GAME 2  

Game 3 Stars 

1. Barclay Goodrow

2. Brenden Miller 

3. Nick Paul  

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Barclay Goodrow Post game interview with Rogers TV:

"Feels good obviously, when we take home ice advantage and continue to play well," said Goodrow. 

"Today our guys stepped it up.  The coaching staff says we need to get better every day in the playoffs nad I think we did that." 

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So Goodrow gets the empty netter at 19:28 with lone assist to Blujus.   The captain finishes with 3 goals and 1 helper. Brenden Miller finishes with 1 goal and 2 assists in the win.  

Game 3 is back in North Bay on Tuesday. 

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BATTALION 5  GENERALS 2

FINAL 

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Dying seconds, Battalion have won it!  

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Blujus with a long flip pass, that Goodrow gets to it and tips it into the empty net.  His 3rd goal of the night.  Battalion lead 5-2.  Goodrow has his hat trick.  

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Last minute of play in the 3rd.  

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Faceoff outside Battalion blue line and Gens bring puck in 1:30 left in 3rd. 

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DJ Smith will take the timeout now.  Gens need a pair still to tie.  

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Faceoff in Battalion zone, Battalion get it out.  1:40 left.  

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Net empty again, Stephen Desrocher gats puck in the slot and beats Smith with a backhand 2:11 to go. 4-2 now Battalion.      

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Altshuller back in goal and Battalion get puck in deep.  The Generals forced to ice the puck. Faceoff in Gens zone.  

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Smith catches a easy point shot, we have just over 3 minutes left.  Face-off in Battalion zone.  

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Gens net is empty with 3:30 left. 

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Busch with a chance in tight misses the net.  We are under 3:50 left in the 3rd.  

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4:33 left in the 3rd.  Altshuller looking at the bench.  

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Laughton stripped as he tries to go 1 on 3 in Battalion zone.  Altshuller clears the out off a teammate.  Less than 5 minutes left in the 3rd.  Still 4-1 Troops.  

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Dal Colle gets his best chance as his shot on a 2 on 1 goes off the glove of Jake Smith.  

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Really surprised to see how empty the building is now.  7:23 left in the 3rd.  

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Icing called on a good chance but still no shot on net by Generals.  

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Generals having all sorts of problems getting anything going as we are almost 12 minutes into the 3rd.  

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We are halfway through the 3rd period.  

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Another Laughton turnover.  He has made some nice plays but has tried to do too much on his own in this contest.  

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Now, 8:30 gone in the 3rd in what has been a ho-hum 3rd period.  Just what the Battalion are lookingfor.  

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We are 7 minutes in, still 4-1 Battalion.  A lot of empty seats now at th GMC Centre. 

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Despite being their top scorer in the playoffs,  Michael Dal Colle has not been a factor at all on this night.   

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MacLeod comes out from behind the net, spins and gets a nice shot away in tight on Altshuller who covers it up.  

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We are past 5 minutes into the period, not much pressure.  No shots on Smith in the 3rd as of yet.  

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Desrocher with nice rush can't get shot away, 3 minutes in now.  

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Early icing call against Generals, 20 sec into the 3rd. 

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3rd period is underway, 1 second left in a Battalion penalty.  

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Battalion 0/3 on the Power Play and Generals 1/5 on the Power Play along with giving up 2 shorthanded markers.  

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Rogers TV reporting Gens Captain Josh Brown will be suspended for Game 3 in North Bay on Tuesday.  

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1st Period Scoring summary: 

1. NB Goodrow (7) (Miller) 1:20

2. OSH Smoskowitz (3) (Desrocher, Carlisle) 5:34 PP

3. NB Paul (9) (Goodrow, Miller) 19:13 SH  

2nd period 

4. NB Miller (2) (Wood) 7:59 

5. NB Goodrow (8) (Santos) 18:42 SH

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Shots finish 15-6 in favour of the Battalion in the 2nd.   Shots now favour the Battalion 24-20.   

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BATTALION 4  GENERALS 1 

End of the 2nd Period 

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for the 2nd straight period the Troops score a shorthanded marker in the final 2 minutes of a period.  

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2 on 1 shorthanded, Santos feeds Goodrow, and he beats Altshuller and it's 4-1 Battalion.  Unreal chances shorthanded for Battalion.  4-1 Troops. 

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Battalion hemmed in but Thomson gets the puck out and Will Petschenig is hammered by Thomson who goes off for only 2 as the Generals fans boo the officials as they were hoping for 5 minutes.  Power play Generals late 2nd. 

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McIvor nice deflection out of play on a nice shot by Hunter Smith.  Gens getting some good chances. 

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3 minutes left in the 2nd 

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Penalty expired but Generals with some solid possession, Sterk with a good opportunity but can't chip one over Smith who covered up. 

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Cassels with a chance on PP but he misses the open net.  Less than 30 seconds left in the penalty. 

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Goodrow again gets a shorthanded breakaway and he tries to go upstairs and misses the net.  Horrible turnover by Generals again.  

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On a turnover, the Battalion called for a trip and Mike Amadio will go off with 6:09 left in the 2nd.  

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Battalion can't convert on 5-minute penalty as Hunter Smith comes out after serving Josh Brown's penalty.  

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With the MIller goal, he takes over top spot in defenceman scoring in the OHL playoffs.  He has 3 points tonight.  

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Butler puts out energy line Santos-Lewis-Jarvis for some rare PP time.  

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2 minutes left in PP and 9 minutes left in 2nd.  

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Battalion with good possession, Blujus stop gloved by Altshuller.  Under 3 minutes left in the 5-min major.  

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Vande Sompel on a 2 on 1 shorthanded chance but he misses the net.  Good chance again for the Gens.  Wood actually gets a peice of the shot.  Nice play. 

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Laughton on a 1 on 3 makes some nice moves but his shot is over the net.   Great chance as he loses control of the puck and recovers and blasts one over the shoulder of Smith.  

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Goodrow with a good chance on Altshuller.  Battalion can really take a stranglehold in this game.   Brown out of the game and could receive a 1-game suspension for the cheap shot.  

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This one will be unassisted at 7:59.  Oh boy, now Generals losing composure as Thomson appeared to get a slew foot to Josh Brown who will receive a 5-minute major on the call.  

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Brenden Miller again gets into the scoring on a turnover takes the puck in the neutral zone walks in and wires one over Altshullers shoulder it's 3-1 Battalion.  

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Amadio feeds Praplan for a bad angle one-timer but he missed the net. 

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Vande Sompel takes out Liberati and a linesman on a Liberati rush. 

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That's 2 shorthanded breakaway's for Goodrow and 1 goal on a Goodrow-Paul 2 on 1 late in the 1st.  It's still 2-1 Battalion nearly 6 minutes in to 2nd. 

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Another Goodrow shortie, he's stopped by Altshuller.  Huge save as Goodrow tries to go 5-hole.   Penalty has expired.  

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Gens only goal on the PP in the 1st.  Gens mover puck around nicely on the outside  

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Just over 3 minutes in PP Generals.  

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Paul to go off for holding.  Good chance with extra man on Smith on delayed call.  

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Power play expired and Laughton back on the ice.  Allows a turnover leading to a Battalion 3 on 2 however they go in offside.  

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MacLeod soon after, robbed by Altshuller near end of the PP.   2 minutes in now. 

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Smoskowitz comes down right side and Smith makes a save shorthanded opportunity.  

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Battalion Amadio with a nice rush, splits D but can't get shot away. 

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2nd period underway and Troops on early PP. 

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FYI, the Generals came in to the series with a huge 8 game winning streak in the playoffs.  However, 3 of those wins in their sweep of the Steelheads did come in overtime.  So that Gens 1st round series was closer than the 4-game sweep indicated.  

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1st Period Scoring summary: 

1. NB Goodrow (7) (Miller) 1:20

2. OSH Smoskowitz (3) (Desrocher, Carlisle) 5:34 PP

3. NB Paul (9) (Goodrow, Miller) 19:13 SH  

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Nick Paul comments to Rogers TV during the intermission.   

"It's huge we have the momentum now and the shortie lifted the team and is getting us going in this one," Paul said about the go-ahead marker.   

"We have good chemistry, the lines are clicking and i hope it stays that way."  he added.  

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Shots finish 14-9 in favour of the Generals in the 1st.  Miller gets the other assist on Paul's go-ahead marker at 19:13.  

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BATTALION 2  GENERALS 1

end of 1st period

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Gens set up and Battalion kill the penalty.  Laughton takes a shot after the whistle blows and he will take a penalty for it.  

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On a 2 on 1 shorthanded effort Paul takes a feed from Goodrow, and gives it back and Paul goes backhand deke for his second of the series and 9th of the playoffs.  Huge shorthanded tally in final minute of the 1st.  2-1 Battalion. 

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Goodrow with a shorthanded breakaway but he misses the net.

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Close call as Santos with nearly a glorious chance PP as Altshuller covers up. Less than 1:30 left in 1st.  

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McIvor goes to the box as Latour drew a penalty.  PP Generals.  

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Troops mix up the lines with Thomson out.  MacLeod moves up with Goodrow and Paul. 

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3 minutes left in the 1st.  

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Hunter Smith and Ben Thomson dropped the gloves for a super heavyweight affair. Pretty good tilt, give the edge to Thomson. 

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3:13 left in the 1st.  1-1 is your score. 

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Amadio from corner sets up Brenden Miller for a nice on timer that is smothered by Altshuller. 

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Penalty over 15 minutes in now.  Hunter Smith with a good shot on nifty pass from Cassels. 

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Laughton wins a draw against Paul and clears it out again.  

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McKenzie feeds Paul with a nifty shot that Altshuller covers up.  Good save and best chance of the power play. 

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Battalion finally get some possession nearly a minute in to PP. 

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Laughton wins faceoff and clears the puck.  Less than 7 minutes left in the period.  

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Cole Cassels will go to the box for holding. Troops get their 1st PP of the game. 

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This is definitely the best period of the series so far for the Generals who are outshooting the Troops in the period for the first time in this series. 

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Nifty rush by Laughton with toe drag and shot the misses the net.  He is making an impact early on.  

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Tell me where you are watching game 2 to our twitter account at @baytodaysports and we will mention you in the blog! 

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Scott Laughton with another good chance as he rips one off the shoulder of Smith.  Another solid save for Smith.  11 minutes in now.  

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Jarvis on a transition gets puck steaming down right wing and gets a shot away but Josh Brown gets his stick in the way and puck goes out of play. 

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We are just past the 9 minute mark of the 1st. 

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Joe Manchurek great chance in tight and Smith gets a glove on it.  Another real good chance for Gens who have the momentum now.  

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Desrocher and Carlisle get the assists on the Gens power play marker.  Gens make Troops pay for Too Many Men on the ice penalty.  

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2 on 1 for Gens and Michael Dal Colle takes a shot from the slot and Smith covers puck against his shoulder for a stoppage.  We are only just over 6 minutes in and it's now 1-1.  

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Smith can't control the rebound off a point shot and Smoskowitz puts home the rebound.  

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Smoskowitz gets the Gens on the board as he put home a rebound for first goal of the series for the Generals 1-1.  

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Connor Jarvis goes to the box reluctantly.  

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Stan Butler not pleased, the Troops called for too many men on the ice.  He is arguing with the official.   

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Good puck possession from Generals, moving puck around the Troops zoned but can't get a good shot away. 

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Laughton with a nice rush down left wing but he can't get a good shot away.   We are 4 minutes in.  

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For the Battalion, that's their earliest opening goal of the playoffs.  Miller with lone assist at 1:30 of the opening period. 

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Battalion lead 3-0 in shots so far. 

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Perfect start, as Battalion score off a transition play.   

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Barclay Goodrow rushes down the left wing and goes 5-hole on Altshuller as he beats the Gens netminder less than 2 minutes in.  1-0 Troops. 

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Battalion Lewis-Jarvis-Santos create a good chance in the opening 30 seconds. 

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Laughton takes faceoff against Jamie Lewis.  We are underway  

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Jake Smith sports a .922 save percentage in the playoffs.  

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Laughton hasn't played in more than 2 weeks.  He tells Rogers TV that today is like the first game of the season.  

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Puck drop is approaching. 

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Alshuller now posts a stellar .947 save percentage in the playoffs, after he turned away 50 of Battalion 51 shots in game 1.

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Tough spot for Battalion  2013 1st rounder losing both his linemates.  The Bratina-McKenzie-Henriksson line was solid early in the playoffs for the Troops. 

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With injuries to Henriksson and Bratina, Kyle Locke will step in at forward alongside Brett McKenzie and Jared Steege on the Troops 4th line.  

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Stan compares Smith to former Red Wings netminder Manny Legace, but I think he plays a lot like former All-Star Calgary Flames backstopper Miikka Kiprusoff.   

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Jake Smith starts coming off his 3rd straight shutout in opening games in the 2014 OHL playoffs for the agile netminder. 

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That means the Battalion dress the same lineup as was used in game 1 

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Henriksson and Bratina stil on the shelf for tonight's contest.  Bratina with a concussion and Henriksson nursing a lower body injury.  Henriksson is expected to be closer to a return.  

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The Generals will look to play a more conservative style as their more wide open approach Friday led to turnovers which led to a playoff high 51 shots on goaltender Daniel Altshuller.  

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Generals welcome back 40-goal scorer Scott Laughton who was serving the final game of a suspension he rec'd early in the Peterborough-Gens series.  

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In Friday's win, head coach Stan Butler moved into 4th overall in OHL wins with his 60th behind the bench for the Troops.  

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Battalion looking to go up 2-0 after the 1-0 win in game 1 Friday night in Oshawa.

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