MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Rob Flick scored on a penalty shot to spark a three-goal, third-period outburst and lifted the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors to a 4-2 victory over the Peterborough Petes in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final series in the Ontario Hockey League Friday night.
Flick scored on a short backhand shot between the legs of Peterborough goaltender Jason Missiaen just 13 seconds after Austin Watson had scored to put the Petes ahead 2-1. Flick was awarded the penalty shot after he was hooked while in a breakaway.
Jordan Mayer and Blake Parlett scored for the Majors, while Dustin Ekelman added some insurance with an empty-net goal in the last 30 seconds of regulation time.
Matt Puempel, who led all rookies in the OHL this season with 64 points, scored the other goal for the Petes. He tied the game early in the second period after Mayer had put the Majors out in front 1-0.
"We came back, we found a way to win and that's what matters," said Mayer, Mississauga's best offensive player down the stretch in the regular season. "After they scored that goal (by Watson) I think we got a little nervous. The pressure was definitely on us. We came back and that shows the character we have on this team."
The Petes survived a frightening moment late in the game when Puempel fell to the ice after a point shot struck his helmet at the side of his head. The left winger was down on the ice for several minutes but he skated off on his own and returned to action on the next shift.
"We battled hard and we scored a big goal to go up 2-1," said Peterborough coach Ken McRae, referring to the Watson goal. "Then they came right back and scored on the penalty shot and that was the turning point right there."
The Petes got an outstanding effort from Missiaen, who turned aside 29 of 32 shots. Mississauga goalie Chris Carrozzi made 27 saves.
Game 2 of the series is scheduled for next Monday night in Peterborough.