For Sean Jones, Saturday's game was about more than just hockey - but that didn't stop him from being the difference for the Erie Otters.
Jones snapped a 2-2 tie with three minutes and 14 seconds left in regulation to lead the Otters to their second straight win, 4-2 against the Kitchener Rangers in Ontario Hockey League action.
Erie captain Zack Torquato called it a storybook ending: Jones firing a wrist shot past Rangers goaltender Parker Van Buskirk for the winning goal in the club's second annual Breast Cancer Awareness Game. Gayle Wright, Jones' grandmother, lost a long battle with breast cancer last November at age 64.
It certainly was a fitting end to one of the club's best weekends in the past few seasons. The Otters (6-8-1-0) earned two wins in three nights, both against Midwest Division rivals. They won in Guelph against the Storm on Thursday but lost to the Saginaw Spirit on Friday.
Elsewhere in the OHL, it was: London 8, Sault Ste. Marie 0; Niagara 5, Saginaw 4; Ottawa 4, Barrie 2; Owen Sound 2, Mississauga 1; Sudbury 6, Belleville 4; and Windsor 1, Plymouth 0.
At Erie, Pa., the Otters fired 16 shots on goal in the first period, with Shawn Szydlowski's wrist shot beating Van Buskirk for a 1-0 lead with 3:41 left. Over the course of the game, Erie doubled up on the Rangers (7-5-0-1) in shots, outshooting them 42-21.
Torquato had a pair of goals to round out the scoring for the Otters. He now has six goals and seven points in the past six games. Steve Lock and T.J. Battani scored for Kitchener.
Jaroslav Janus made 19 saves for Erie, while Van Buskirk stopped 38 shots.
Knights 8, Greyhounds 0
At Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Jared Knight and Phil Varone both scored twice as London exploded for five goals in the second period en route to a rout of the Greyhounds.
Kale Kerbashian opened the scoring 1:23 into the period and Scott Aarssen, Philip McRae and Daniel Erlich also scored for the Knights (10-3-0-1).
Jason Guy earned the shutout, making 25 saves, while Bryce O'Hagan stopped 30 shots for the Greyhounds (7-6-1-0), who have one win in their last four games.
IceDogs 5, Spirit 4
At St. Catharines, Ont., Chris DeSousa's goal early in the third period stood up as the winner as Niagara ended a five-game losing streak by defeating Saginaw.
Piva also had two goals for the IceDogs (4-7-1-4) and Alex Friesen and Andrew Agozzino added singles.
Chris Chapell had two for the Spirit (8-5-0-0) and Joe Underwood and Adam Comrie rounded out the attack. Jack Combs assisted on all four goals.
67's 4, Colts 2
At Barrie, Ont., Jon Carnevale scored with under four minutes left in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and help Ottawa defeat the Colts.
Marc Zanetti and Cody Lindsay scored second-period goals and Corey Cowick added an empty-netter for the 67's (8-6-0-0).
Brian Lashoff opened the scoring for the Colts (6-6-1-0) and assisted on Colt Kennedy's marker.
Attack 2, Majors 1
At Owen Sound, Ont., the Attack scored twice in five power play opportunities to edge Mississauga.
Marc Franchini and Marcus Carroll scored the man-advantage goals for Owen Sound (5-5-2-1).
Zac Rinaldo had the lone goal for the St. Michael's Majors (6-5-0-0) in the third period.
Wolves 6, Bulls 4
At Sudbury, Ont., Eric O'Dell scored a pair to help the Wolves defeat Belleville.
John Kurtz had a goal and an assist, while Matt Dias, Kyle Tarini and Sergei Sheleg also scored for Sudbury(6-4-1-1).
Cory Tanaka, Luke Judson, Bryan Cameron and Eric Tangradi replied for the Bulls (8-5-1-1).
Spitfires 1, Whalers 0
At Plymouth, Mich., Taylor Hall scored the game's only goal and Andrew Engelage stopped all 23 shots as Windsor topped the Whalers.
Hall, considered one of the best early prospects for the 2010 NHL draft, scored on a second-period power play for the Spitfires (14-1-0-0). With the goal, Hall moved back into sole possession of the OHL scoring lead, one point ahead of Oshawa Generals superstar John Tavares.
Jeremy Smith turned aside 29 shots for Plymouth (5-6-1-0).