MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Veteran centre Casey Cizikas scored a pair of goals to lead the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors to a 3-1 victory over the Ottawa 67's on Saturday night and force a seventh and deciding game in their Ontario Hockey League Eastern Conference semi-final playoff series.
The seventh game will be played Monday night in Ottawa, starting at 7 p.m. The winner will meet the Barrie Colts in the conference final, beginning Wednesday night in Barrie.
Dustin Ekelman had the other goal for the Majors.
Tyler Toffoli scored the lone goal for the 67's, ending Mississauga goalie JP Anderson's shutout bid with an unassisted tally early in the third.
The 19-year-old Cizikas, the first-round choice of the Majors in the OHL draft three years ago, scored both his goals while the Majors were on the power play. They were the first goals Mississauga has scored with the man advantage in the series after going 0-for-19 in the first five games.
"We were strong on the power play today and it ended up being a huge difference in this game," said Cizikas, who scored his fourth and fifth goals of the playoffs.
"This game was a great example of how we have to play," continued Cizikas. "We were making two passes to get out of our zone, we weren't panicking and we took advantage of the chances (Ottawa) gave us. The whole team came together and played a good team game."
"We lacked a little bit of composure," said Ottawa coach Chris Byrne. "We were the least penalized team in the league all season. But we took some bad penalties and that's uncharacteristic of us."
"You knew sooner or later they'd get one (power-play goal)," continued Byrne. "You can't take penalties like that on the road and expect to win."
The Majors had eight power play opportunities in the game, including two-man advantages three times in the second period.
Cizikas opened the scoring with 50 seconds remaining in the first period, deflecting a shot from the blue line by defenceman Cameron Gaunce.
There were less than two minutes remaining in the second frame when the centre got his second of the game to put the Majors up 3-0. Gaunce and Devante Smith-Pelly earned assists on both goals by Cizikas.
Anderson made 32 saves in the game. Petr Mrazek turned back 26 of 29 shots in the Ottawa net.