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Pierog scores twice as the Petes tighten Eastern Conference playoff battle

Saturday, 03.16.2013 / 12:54 AM The Canadian Press

KINGSTON, Ont. - The Eastern Conference playoff race may come down to the final day of the Ontario Hockey League season.

Stephen Pierog scored twice, including the winner 2:47 into overtime, as the Peterborough Petes edged the host Kingston Frontenacs 5-4 on Friday.

The victory is Peterborough's fourth in a row and jumps them two spots into seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings. The Petes have 59 points while the Mississauga Steelheads and Kingston are tied in eighth with 58. The Steelheads, who are winless in 10 games, will face the 67's in Ottawa on Saturday while Kingston hosts Ottawa on Sunday. Peterborough's final game of the season is also on Sunday when they head to Brampton to face the Battalion.

Nick Czinder and Nick Ritchie each had a goal and an assist for the Petes (26-34-7) while Brett Findlay added a single goal.

Billy Jenkins and Ryan Kujawinski had a goal and an assist apiece for the Frontenacs (26-35-6), who are winless in three outings, and Cody Alcock and Darcy Greenaway each scored once.

Michael Giugovaz made 26 saves for Peterborough as Kingston's Mike Morrison stopped 33-of-38 shots in defeat.

Both clubs went 0 for 1 on the power play.

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