MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - The Brampton Battalion are off to the Ontario Hockey League Eastern Conference final for the first time in franchise history after defeating the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors 3-2 in Game 6 of their semi-final series Friday night.
Matt Kang's second-period goal stood up as the winner for the Battalion, who defeated the Majors in the series 4-2 and will now face the Belleville Bulls. Game One goes Wednesday night in Belleville.
Brampton opened the scoring 2:35 into the game, when Ken Peroff's wrist shot got through traffic and beat Majors goaltender JP Anderson.
The Majors pulled even on the power play at 9:51 in the first period on a one-timer by Jared Gomes that eluded Brampton goalie Thomas McCollum.
The Battalion regained the lead with a man-advantage tally at 15:15, when Matt Duchene knocked down a Josh Day shot at the side of the net and tucked it past Anderson.
Mississauga pulled even yet again at 12:01 of the second when Gomes netted a short-handed tally with a backhand shot that fooled McCollum.
Kang replied at 14:57 with the eventual winner as he beat Anderson with a powerful wrist shot from the faceoff circle.
The Majors pressed hard for the equalizer in the dying seconds as Jordan Mayer barrelled in on McCollum but the Battalion netminder cut the angle and preserved the victory.
"The guys are extremely excited right now," said McCollum, who stopped 22 shots. "Most of them have never been to a conference final before. It's a great feeling".
Anderson made 24 saves in a losing effort.