MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Forward Casey Cizikas scored just seconds into overtime to cap a late rally and lift the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors to a 6-5 victory over the Plymouth Whalers Friday night in the Ontario Hockey League.
Cizikas shovelled a rebound past Plymouth netminder Matt Hackett just 13 seconds into the extra period as the Majors (17-14-1-1) came back from a 5-3 third-period deficit to win their fifth in a row.
"We knew we were outplaying them and we just stuck with it," Cizikas said of the comeback as the Majors moved into a tie for third place in the Central Division standings. Before the start of the current win streak, Mississauga was last in the division.
"We knew where we were in the standings when we started this streak but we were heading into a stretch against teams we knew we could beat," said Cizikas.
Rob Flick, Jordan Mayer, Devante Smith-Pelly, Jared Gomes and Riley Brace had the other goals for Mississauga, which trailed 5-3 midway through the third period.
AJ Jenks scored once and had a pair of assists for the Whalers (15-16-3-0). Chris Terry had a pair of goals for Plymouth, while Scott Fletcher, traded to the Whalers by Niagara on Dec. 10, and Leo Jenner had the other markers.
The Majors fired 41 shots at Hackett, who made 35 saves. Mississauga goalie Chris Carrozzi stopped 15 shots.