MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Dustin Ekelman's short-handed goal lifted the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors to a 5-2 victory over the Barrie Colts on Friday, tying the best-of-seven Ontario Hockey League Eastern Conference final series at a game apiece.
Majors forwards Riley Brace and Devante Smith-Pelly scored in the first period before Ekelman scored on a breakaway while killing a penalty to make it 3-0.
"It's always nice when you get a chance to score on the penalty kill," said Ekelman. "I was a little lucky that their defenceman (Alex Pietrangelo) fell at the blue-line."
Ekelman beat Barrie goaltender Mavric Parks between the pads with a shot from the edge of the Colts' crease.
"(Ekelman) is the epitome of what our hockey club is about," said Mississauga coach Dave Cameron. "A lot of the things he does don't always show up on the scoreboard."
The Colts made a comeback effort with second-period goals from T.J. Brodie and Bryan Cameron to cut Mississauga's lead to 3-2 heading into the third period. But Kelly Geoffrey and Jordan Mayer scored for the Majors in the final 20 minutes to clinch the win.
"It's a loss but you've got to move on," Barrie coach Marty Williamson said after watching his team suffer its first setback in this year's playoffs. "I don't think we played that bad. Five-on-five, I thought we were pretty good.
"If you give a team a lot of opportunities, they'll bury their chances and they (the Majors) did. And, if you get behind them, they're very difficult to come back against."
Mississauga goalie JP Anderson made 33 saves, while at the other end Parks stopped 22 shots.
The third game in the series is Saturday night in Barrie, Ont.