MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Rookie defenceman Cameron Gaunce scored a pair of power-play goals in a four-goal, second-period outburst and also earned an assist as the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors hammered the Sudbury Wolves 7-1 Sunday afternoon in the Ontario Hockey League.
Gaunce's first goal of the game broke a 1-1 tie early in the second period. His second marker and seventh of the season came 12 minutes later when his point shot made its way through a wall of players and past Sudbury goaltender Alain Valiquette, staking Mississauga to a 4-1 lead.
Gaunce earned an assist when his shot from the blue line was re-directed by rookie Jordan Mayer late in the third period. It was Mayer's first goal in the OHL. He joined the Majors on New Year's Day after he was acquired in a trade with Sault Ste. Marie.
"It's a relief," said Mayer. "I really didn't see it because I had my back to the net. I had a feel for where the net was and when I heard the fans cheering, I knew it had gone in."
Kris Sparre also scored twice for the Majors (25-24-1-1), giving him 22 goals on the season. His first goal was part of the second-period rally and came while Mississauga was killing a penalty. Justin Larson and Tyler scored the other goals for the Majors.
Brett Thompson netted the only goal for the Wolves (12-37-1-2), who lost their fourth game in a row.
Valiquette lasted only two periods. He was replaced by Andrew Loverock at the start of the third period. The two combined to stop 25 of 32 shots.
Mississauga netminder Chris Carrozzi turned back 21 shots for his 20th win of the season.