OHL: Menard leads Battalion past Wolves

Brampton went 2 for 3 on the power play, while Sudbury failed to capitalize on their two chances with the man advantage. (OHL Images)

Francis Menard scored and added two assists as the Brampton Battalion defeated the Sudbury Wolves 4-1 on Thursday to take a 1-0 series lead in their Ontario Hockey League first-round playoff series.

Barclay Goodrow scored the game-winning goal 41 seconds into the second period for Brampton, while Matt MacLeod and Dylan Blujus had its other goals. Patrik Machac chipped in with a pair of helpers for the home side.

Matt Schmalz had Sudbury’s only goal.

MacLeod opened the scoring on the power play a little over three minutes into the game. That score held until Goodrow’s goal early in the second period. Blujus scored with the man advantage to give the Battalion a 3-0 lead with less than two minutes to play in the second.

After Schmalz gave Sudbury some life two minutes into the third, Menard rounded out the scoring at the 8:30 mark of the final period, providing some added insurance.

Matej Machovsky stopped 17 of 18 shots for Brampton while Franky Palazzese allowed four goals on 27 shots.

Brampton went 2 for 3 on the power play, while Sudbury failed to capitalize on their two chances with the man advantage.

Game 2 goes Sunday afternoon in Brampton.

Elsewhere in the OHL it was: Owen Sound 2 Sault Ste. Marie 1 (OT); Belleville 8 Mississauga 1 and Barrie 3 Kingston 1.

Attack 2 Greyhounds 1 (OT)

(Owen Sound leads series 1-0)

At Owen Sound, Ont., Daniel Milne scored in overtime to give the Attack a 2-1 victory over Sault Ste. Marie. Game 2 is in Owen Sound on Saturday.

Bulls 8 Steelheads 1

(Belleville leads series 1-0)

At Belleville, Ont., Brendan Gaunce scored twice to lead the Bulls to an 8-1 victory over Mississauga. Game 2 of the series goes Saturday in Belleville.

Colts 3 Frotnenacs 1

(Barrie leads series 1-0)

At Barrie, Ont., Mathias Niederberger made 33 saves as the Colts defeated Kingston 3-1. Game 2 of the series is Saturday night in Barrie.