MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Rookie Casey Cizikas' second goal of the game with less than a minute remaining in overtime lifted the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors to a 6-5 victory over the Erie Otters Sunday afternoon in the Ontario Hockey League.
Cizikas, Mississauga's first pick in the OHL priority draft last May, scored the game winner from the edge of the Erie goal crease after putting a move on netminder Jaroslav Janus as the Majors (12-11-1-0) won their fifth game in a row to hold on to sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
"I've felt that I've played my best in the last four or five games," said Cizikas, who had a four-point game (two goals, two assists). "The puck has been there for me lately and hopefully it continues like that."
Linemate Kaspars Daugavins also had two goals and two assists, giving him five goals and two assists in three games over the weekend. Daugavins has 19 goals and 16 assists in 24 games.
Matt Caria and Cameron Gaunce, with the first goal of his OHL career, were the other scorers for Mississauga.
The Otters, who recently ended a 16-game losing streak with an overtime victory against Belleville, led 4-2 to start the third period and had a 5-4 lead with less than 10 minutes remaining in regulation time.
Zack Torquato scored twice for the Otters (4-18-2-1). Both goals were unassisted short-handed markers. Kelly Geoffrey also scored an unassisted goal while killing an Erie penalty. Jordan Skellett and Nick Palmieri were the other Erie goal-getters.
The Majors had 58 shots at Janus, including 24 in the third period. Anthony Grieco started in goal for the Majors, but he was pulled after giving up three goals on 13 shots in the first period. Chris Carrozzi played the final two periods. Erie had 30 shots on goal.