MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Bryan Cameron and Stefan Della Rovere scored first-period goals and the Barrie Colts went on to a 3-1 victory over the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors in Ontario Hockey League playoff action Monday.
The Colts took a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final. Game 5 is Wednesday in Barrie, Ont. "Our confidence is pretty high right now," Della Rovere said. "I think we're pretty happy with our play right now."
Cameron and Della Rovere scored a little more than three minutes apart in a period dominated by the Colts as they fired 20 shots at Mississauga netminder JP Anderson.
Matt Kennedy had the other goal for the Colts, scoring on a power play late in the second period to seal the victory for Barrie. That goal came moments after Mississauga's Gregg Sutch had narrowed the Colts' lead to 2-1.
"I thought we had a good first period with lots of energy," said Barrie coach Marty Williamson. "We backed off a bit in the second but we came back in the third.
"The big thing is stressing 60 minutes. Finishing a series is the toughest thing to do so we're going to need 60 minutes Wednesday night."
Anderson stopped 34 of 37 shots. Mavric Parks, making his sixth consecutive playoff start in the Barrie net, made 23 saves.
"Full marks to Barrie," said Mississauga coach Dave Cameron. "We just weren't as sharp as Barrie. They did a good job keeping us to the outside. Our execution when we had the puck was just okay. There were times when we had chances but shot wide or over the net."