Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 4 vs. Niagara IceDogs 1
The Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors put their name on the Bobby Orr Trophy for the first time in franchise history and advance to the Rogers OHL Championship Series for the first time in nearly 50 years dating back to 1962 and their days at St. Michael’s College.
Rob Flick scored from a sharp angle at 15:46 of the second period with his sixth of the playoffs which held as the game-winner for the Majors who finished off the IceDogs in five games.
“That was a good series,” said Majors Head Coach Dave Cameron. “No disrespect to the other teams in the Eastern Conference but I really feel that this was a battle of the two best teams. We have an older club here and I think we just wore their hockey club down.”
After a scoreless first period, Majors captain Casey Cizikas opened the scoring at 6:47 with his third of the playoffs.
Dougie Hamilton capitalized on an IceDogs powerplay with his fourth of the playoffs at 10:43 which tied the score 1-1.
Less than a minute after Flick’s goal, Dylan DeMelo snuck in off the point accepting a pass from Chris DeSousa and backhanded a shot past Mark Visentin for his first of the playoffs at 16:23 to put the Majors up by two.
“The Majors are a great team,” said IceDogs Head Coach Marty Williamson. “Our guys have always been able to stay positive but that second period was really hard on us. I’m proud of their effort, we had more points and went further in the playoffs than any other team we’ve had in Niagara, this was a great group.”
Maxim Kitsyn scored the lone goal of the third period just 70 seconds into play with a nice deke for his seventh of the playoffs.
JP Anderson earned first star honours with his 12th win of the playoffs making 26 saves.
“I have been able to stay focused and maintain concentration without many mental lapses in a full 60 minutes,” said Anderson. “Our guys win battles, are great at blocking shots, they help me see pucks.”
Anderson allowed just four goals in the club’s final three wins.
“We just couldn’t get any goals,” said IceDogs forward Ryan Strome. “We have a young group and a lot of guys returning that hopefully this series can be a learning tool for us next year. I think we will have a pretty good team.”
The Majors await the winner of the Rogers Western Conference Championship Series between the Owen Sound Attack and the Windsor Spitfires who play Game five on Wednesday night. The Attack lead the series 3-1.