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Brampton - The Brampton Battalion’s season, which went two Ontario Hockey League playoff rounds longer than many outside the organization predicted, ended Wednesday night.
Stefan Della Rovere scored two goals and added one assist to power the Barrie Colts to a 5-2 victory, securing a sweep of the teams’ best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal.
Darren Archibald had one goal and one assist and Bryan Cameron and Colin Behenna also scored for the Colts, who defeated the Sudbury Wolves in four straight games in the first round. Goaltender Mavric Parks made 27 saves in a second consecutive start.
Barrie, which boasted the OHL’s best regular-season record, advances to the conference final to face the winner of a series between the Ottawa 67’s and Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors, who are tied at two games each.
Sean Jones and Domenic Alberga scored for the Battalion, which finished fifth in the conference in a season in which many suggested the team was destined to miss the playoffs. Goaltender Patrick Killeen faced 24 shots.
“We’re disappointed to lose in four games,” said coach Stan Butler, who had defenceman Matt Clark back from a four-game suspension. “I was proud of how hard our guys battled in the third period. The Colts are a very good team. They’re as good a junior team as I’ve seen in a long time. It’ll be interesting to see how far they can go.”
The game was tied 1-1 through 20 minutes, but Barrie broke it open with three second-period goals, starting with Cameron’s power-play tally 48 seconds into the frame. Cameron cruised across the goalmouth and buried a pass from T.J. Brodie.
Behenna scored what proved to be the winner at 3:58, backhanding the puck over Killeen’s right shoulder, and Della Rovere gave the visitors a 4-1 lead at 9:56 when he flicked a backhander into the top corner in tight at the left post.
“They’re an experienced team that doesn’t need a lot of opportunities to score, and tonight was a prime example of that,” said Butler.
Referee Scott Oakman awarded Brodie a totally unwarranted penalty shot at 9:12 after he blocked a Cameron Wind shot at the Barrie blue line and darted off in pursuit of the puck with Wind chasing him. Brodie fired wide after a diving Wind swiped at the disc and missed. On the penalty shot, Brodie tried a forehand deke but was denied by Killeen’s right pad.
The Troops’ best chances came in the 16th minute, when Ken Peroff hit the crossbar from the left circle, and in the 19th, when Parks snared Barclay Goodrow’s drive.
Rookie Alberga pulled the Battalion within 4-2 with his first playoff goal at 2:01 of the third period. Alberga’s shot from the deep slot hit the stick of defender Matt Stanisz and went over Parks’s left shoulder.
With the teams skating four a side, Della Rovere finished the scoring at 7:47, beating Killeen high to the glove side from the right side of the crease after Archibald worked the puck from behind the net.
The Battalion outshot Barrie 9-6 in a spirited first period.
Archibald opened the scoring at 5:56, seconds after Killeen sprawled to make a glove save against Taylor Carnevale. Archibald converted at the right post after Carnevale’s shot caromed off Clark.
Jones’s eighth goal tied it with the teams skating four-on-four at 8:00. Cody Hodgson beat Archibald on a faceoff in Barrie territory and fed the puck back to Wind, who fired a shot that Jones steered inside the right post.
Battalion scratches were Zach Bell, Sam Carrick, Shane Kinsella and Ian Watters. Barrie scratched Peter Di Salvo, Alex Hutchings, Zac Rinaldo, Dean Pawlaczyk and David Mazurek.
BATTALION NOTEBOOK: Attendance was 2,229. The Battalion averaged 2,180 for five home playoff dates … The Battalion went 0-for-3 on the power play, all in the first period. Barrie was 1-for-3 … The Battalion, with an all-time playoff won-lost record of 42-54, has won eight of 18 playoff series, including one of five against the Colts. The Troops captured a six-game conference quarterfinal in 2003 … The Battalion was swept in a playoff series for the second time. Barrie won a first-round series in the minimum four games in 2007 … Hodgson and defenceman Brad Albert each played his 41st OHL playoff game, breaking Wojtek Wolski’s club record … Killeen played every postseason game, including seven against the Kingston Frontenacs in a conference quarterfinal ... Brodie’s penalty shot was the second stopped by Killeen in the playoffs. He foiled visiting Kingston’s Ethan Werek in the second game of that series … Jones led the Battalion in playoff scoring with eight goals and four assists for 12 points in 11 games … Carrick was sidelined with a broken collarbone in the series opener, while Watters, who played just three playoff games, incurred an upper-body injury in Game 3 … Rookie Alex O’Neil played his second playoff game, his first action since Game 3 against Kingston … Di Salvo sat out with cartilage damage in his left knee, and Hutchings lost a fourth game to a groin pull. Rinaldo is serving a 12-game suspension, while Pawlaczyk and Mazurek were healthy scratches … Carnevale returned after missing Game 3 with a shoulder injury … Barrie defenceman Chris Wiggin, listed as a left winger, saw his first action since the series opener.