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Smith-Pelly scores to end 2nd-longest game in OHL history as Majors boot Colts

Sunday, 03.29.2009 / 1:35 AM / News

The Canadian Press

BARRIE, Ont. - It took the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors five games to eliminate the Barrie Colts, but it felt like six.

Devante Smith-Pelly scored on a wraparound in triple overtime as the Majors outlasted Barrie 4-3 in a marathon Ontario Hockey League Eastern Conference quarter-final series finale on Saturday night.

Smith-Pelly's winner came 118 minutes and five seconds after the initial puck drop, making the deciding game between the fourth and fifth seeds in the east the second-longest game in OHL history and the longest since March 20, 1990.

Mississauga trailed 3-0 after the first period but tied the game up in the second on three power-play goals - two from Cameron Gaunce and another from Kaspars Daugavins. Gaunce also added an assist and leads all defencemen in playoff scoring with nine points (three goals, six assists).

Michael Sgarbossa had a goal and an assist for the Colts, who won game four 3-2 in overtime to avoid the sweep. Stefan Della Rovere and Alex Hutchings also scored.

JP Anderson made 68 saves, including 38 in overtime, to earn the win for the Majors, who advanced past the opening round of the playoffs for the first time since 2005, when they were the Toronto St. Michael's Majors. Barrie netminder Peter Di Salvo stopped 84 shots, 42 of them in overtime.

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