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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Mississauga 3 Niagara 2 OT

Mississauga leads series 2-1

Just like Owen Sound, Mississauga came from behind to pull out the victory and take the series lead.

Alex Friesen got things started with his second of the playoffs from Andrew Agozzino at 7:46 of the opening frame. Freddie Hamilton would ad his fourth of the playoffs at 12:11 to make it 2 - 0 for Niagara. And the Ice Dogs would seem to be in control.

Mark Visentin stopped all 15 shots he faced while JP Anderson stopped 8 of the 10 he faced. Niagara would go 0/1 on the powerplay while Mississauga didn't have the benefit of a powerplay in the first.

The depth and the leadership of the Majors came out in the second. Maxim Kitsyn would notch his 6th of the playoffs on the powerplay at 18:06 of the second to cut the lead in half. Brett Flemming and Jordan Mayer would get the assists.

The period would end with Niagara leading 2-1. Mississauga out shot Niagara once again, this time 12-8. Niagara would go 0/3 on the powerplay while Mississauga was 1/2.

Rob Flick would score his fifth to tie the score from Flemming and Jamie Wise. The goal came at 14:01 and the period would end with the score tied at three and head to overtime.

Mississauga out shot Niagara 15 - 6 in the third. Niagara was 0/2 on the powerplay while Mississauga was 0/1.

Justin Shugg would end the overtime just 3:13 in from Casey Cizikas. It was Shugg's fifth of the playoffs.

Special teams seems to be hurting Niagara as they've been thwarted time and time again. The leagues best powerplay in the regular season was not able to convert on any powerplay opportunity against the leagues best penalty kill.

But for Mississauga, the leagues second best powerplay, has been able to penetrate the leagues second best penalty kill. Niagara will work on rectifying that when they head back to Niagara (St Catherines) for game 4 on Monday.


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