MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Riley Brace scored the winner late in the second period to and goaltender JP Anderson registered the first playoff shutout of his Ontario Hockey League career as the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors blanked the Ottawa 67's 2-0 Tuesday night.
Mississauga tied the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series at two games apiece. Game 5 is Thursday in Ottawa.
Brace picked up a rebound of his own shot and shovelled the puck past Ottawa goaltender Petr Mrazek near the 16-minute mark of the second period to put the Majors ahead 1-0.
"(Devante) Smith-Pelly bounced the puck right to me but (Mrazek) made the save," Brace said. "There was a scramble and the puck got past his arm and I tapped in the rebound."
Ryan Lopes scored the other goal for the Majors on a wrap-around with less than two minutes remaining in regulation.
The 67's were fortunate to be trailing by only one goal after a poor effort in the second period in which they were outshot 16-2.
"We were so bad in the second and I thought we were very fortunate to only be down by one," said Ottawa coach Chris Byrne. "But, we're always positive even though we had that terrible second. I thought we came back in the third. Even though this one didn't go our way, we'll regroup and get ready for the next game."
Anderson was not as busy as Mrazek, but the Mississauga goalie was called on to make a couple of key saves late in the third period. He was particularly sharp in the last minute of play, stopping shots by Tyler Toffoli and Tyler Cuma after Ottawa pulled Mrazek in favour of a sixth attacker. Anderson kicked out 25 shots on the night.
Mrazek stopped 37 of 39 shots. His biggest save of the game came midway through the second period when he thwarted Smith-Pelly on a breakaway.