Brampton - Scott Tanski lingered on the ice, stick raised, saluting the fans of the Brampton Battalion one last time.
Right winger Tanski had just played his final Ontario Hockey League game, a 4-1 loss to the Niagara IceDogs last Thursday night that gave Niagara a four-game sweep of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal.
Brampton - The Brampton Battalion’s paucity of scoring wasn’t solved Friday night, but a shutout-worthy performance by goaltender Cody St. Jacques allowed the team to end an Ontario Hockey League losing streak at four games.
Brampton - Sam Carrick figured he’d played his last Ontario Hockey League game against older brother Jake. Sam, an 18-year-old centre in his third season with the Brampton Battalion, last squared off against Jake, an overage right winger then playing for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, on Oct. 14 when the Troops won 5-1 at home. Jake was scratched in the rematch, at Sault Ste. Marie on Nov. 19, when the Greyhounds won 3-2 via shootout to complete the teams’ two-game season series.
Brampton - A familiar face joined the Brampton Battalion’s coaching staff Tuesday. Ryan Oulahen, who played 182 games with the Ontario Hockey League club over three seasons culminating in 2004-05, enlisted as a parttime assistant coach, replacing Jason Ward, who left for Austria in November to resume his professional playing career. Oulahen is to make his coaching debut Thursday when the Battalion hosts the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors at 7 p.m.