Mississauga 8 Sudbury 5 - Mississauga leads series 1-0
The Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors began their second round playoff series last night against the Sudbury Wolves. Both teams are coming off of round 1 sweeps, the Majors against the Belleville Bulls and the Wolves in a shocker versus the Ottawa 67's.
The game had the makings of an old style blow out until the Wolves scored late to make the score a little more respectable.
Devante Smith-Pelly opened the scoring to give Mississauga the lead when he scored his second of the playoffs at 11:42. Dylan DeMelo and Rob Flick had the assists.Cizikas scored his first goal of the playoffs in his first period of playoff play at 13:32 to make it 2-0 Majors. Smith-Pelly and Brett Flemming had the assists. It was Cizikas' first game in over a month after returning from injury. Jordan Mayer made it 3-0 at 19:52 with his first of the playoffs. Chris DeSousa and Riley Brace had the assists. That's the way the period would end with Mississauga out shooting Sudbury 21-8.
A wild second period saw goals come quickly and often. Smith-Pelly scored his second of the game, with Cizikas and Justin Shugg (one of our favorites from 2010) getting the assists at 2:21. Corey Bureau scored his first of the playoffs with a shorthanded unassisted marker at 3:26. Maxim Kitsyn scored his fourth of the playoffs at 10:24 on the powerplay to make it 6-0 with assists going to Rob Flick and Stuart Percy.
Rob Brace made it 7-0 from Percy and Dylan DeMelo on the powerplay 11:56. Chris DeSousa would end Mississauga's scoring when he made it 8-0 at 12:43 with his second of the post season from Brace.
So would there be a comeback in the making? Michael Sgarbossa began the Sudbury scoring with his 5th of the playoffs at 13:24 Tyan Hanes to get Sudbury started. Mike Lomas woud finish out the 2nd period with his 3rd 19:16 to make it 8-2. The Majors outshot the Wolves in the second period by a marginof 15-13.
Eric O’Dell scored his 3rd of the playoffs at 1:56 with Matthew Campagna and Lomas adding the assists the assists. Sudbury pulled within 4 at 4:55 when Joshua Leivo scored a powerplay goal assisted by Andrey Kuchin and Michael MacDonald. It was Leivo's 5th goal and 11th point of the playoffs.
O’Dell’s 2nd of the game and 4th of the playoffs made a game of it, assisted by Campagna and Justin Sefton. Unfortunately for Wolves fans, that's as close as they would come as it was to little to late. Shots on goal in the third period were 9-8 in favour of the Wolves.
The series resumes on Sunday when the Majors travel to Sudbury for game two. Puck drop is at 7:00 PM.
Windsor 3 Saginaw 0 - Windsor leads series 1-0
Windsor took a 1-0 series lead with a 3-0 victory in Saginaw last night backsopped by Jack Campbell's 28 save performance for the shut out, his 1st of the playoffs.
Spirit goaltender Mavric Parks stopped 40 of 43 shots in a losing cause.
There was no scoring in the first period as Windsor outshot Saginaw 13-5. The only powerplay of the period belonged to the Spirit. The only other penalties were 5 minute fighting majors to Zack Kassian and Anthony Camara, who dropped the gloves just 17 seconds into the contest.
The second period was much the same as Windsor outshout Saginaw 17-9 in the period. However, Stephan Johnston scored his 5th of the playoffs at 14:06 with the assist going to Kenny Ryan.
To this point, Windsor would have the only 2 powerplays of the period, but were unable to capitalize on either opportunity. Then at 18:11 of the period, Ryan O'Connor of the Spirit would take his 2nd slashing penalty in under 9 minutes. Nick Ebert would make them pay with his first goal of the playoffs at 18:43 with assists to Ryan Ellis and Taylor Carnevale.
Kenny Ryan would score his 2nd of the playoffs at 10:24 of the third with assists going to Kassian and Johnston to close out the scoring.
Game 2 goes Sunday afternoon in Windsor.