Mississauga, Ont. (Friday, Mar. 9, 2007) — The Mississauga IceDogs and St. Michael's Majors participated in a back-and-forth fight to the finish this evening at the Hershey Centre. In the end, it was the IceDogs that came out on top, 6-5 in a shootout. As a result, the Majors record shifts to 19-40-3-3 on the season.
The two teams traded goals in the 1st period. Jordan Owens' power-play marker, off of Josh Day and Oskar Osala feeds, at 10:14, gave the IceDogs the early lead. However, Tim Billingsley tied it up for Toronto, also on the man-advantage, at 13:26, with support from Kaspars Daugavins, to tie up the affair.
Two more IceDogs power-play goals in the 2nd period, at 2:54 and 6:20, put them in front 3-1. This time, the goalscorers were Alex Pietrangelo and Jadran Beljo with the helpers getting credited to Owens, Day, Nathan Martine and Stefan Legein. Daugavins responded for the Majors at 10:18 after accepting Mike Pelech and Jason Cassidy feeds.
Then, Chris Lawrence quickly shifted the momentum back in favour of Mississauga when he restored their two-goal lead 15 seconds later, with Day grabbing the lone assist. However, the Majors demonstrated their resiliency by firing home three goals between 12:01 and 18:48 of the middle frame to jump ahead 5-4. The goalscorers were Cassidy, Byron Elliott and Cassidy Preston while the assists went to Pelech, Elliott, Jeff Barletta (2), Darrell Simich and Anthony Tapper.
Owens' shorthanded goal at 15:36 of the 3rd period, off of Legein and Pietrangelo passes, tied up the affair. Then, Legein's shootout goal proved to be the winner.
Mike Iafrate got the start in net for Mississauga but was pulled after allowing 5 goals on 25 shots. Andrew Loverock came on to stop all 13 shots he faced and earn the win. Chris Carrozzi took the loss for St. Mike's with 37 saves.
The Majors were 2 for 6 on the power-play while the IceDogs were 3 for 7.
The Majors finish the weekend by returning home to host the Sudbury Wolves on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.
Majors tickets are available by contacting the club at 416-651-8228, by calling Ticketmaster at 416-872-5000, online at www.ticketmaster.ca or by stopping by the St. Michael's College School Arena box office within two hours of the puck drop.
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