BARRIE, Ont. - Stefan Della Rovere scored a pair of first-period goals and the Barrie Colts advanced to the Ontario Hockey League final with a 4-2 win over the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors on Wednesday.
The Colts won the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final 4-1. They will face the winner of the Western Conference final in the championship series. The Kitchener Rangers currently lead the defending champion Windsor Spitfires 3-1 in the West final. The Spitfires host Game 5 on Thursday.
Alex Hutchings and Luke Pither also scored for Barrie, who have only one loss through three post-season rounds.
Devante Smith-Pelly and Casey Cizikas scored for Mississauga.
Mavric Parks made 20 saves for Barrie.
JP Anderson started in goal for Mississauga and gave up three goals on 17 shots in the first period. Chris Carlozzi came on in relief and stopped 23 of 24 shots he faced.
The Colts started strong, building a 3-0 lead in the first period. Della Rovere opened the scoring at 11:31, and Hutchings made it 2-0 14 seconds later.
Della Rovere's second goal at 17:19 gave the Colts a daunting 3-0 lead.
Mississauga made a game of it. The Majors got on the board with Smith-Pelly's power-play goal at 12:19 of the second period, then Cizikas scored with less than a minute remaining in the second to close the gap to 3-2.
Pither scored at 4:26 of the third to stall Mississauga's comeback attempt, and the Colts hung on from there to advance to the final.