Rob Flick's penalty shot got things going for the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors Friday night.
Flick scored on a penalty shot to spark a three-goal, third-period outburst and lifted Mississauga to a 4-2 victory over the Peterborough Petes in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final series in the Ontario Hockey League.
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.
"We came back, we found a way to win and that's what matters," said Jordan 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 Matt 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 tally. "Then they came right back and scored on the penalty shot and that was the turning point right there."
Game 2 of the series is scheduled for next Monday night in Peterborough.
Elsewhere in the OHL it was London 4 Guelph 3 (OT); Sault Ste. Marie 3 Plymouth 2; Brampton 4 Kingston 2; Kitchener 3 Saginaw 2 (OT) and Ottawa 4 Niagara 3.
At Mississauga, Ont., 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.
Austin Watson and Puempel scored for the Petes.
Knights 4 Storm 3 (OT)
At London, Ont., Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Nazem Kadri scored in overtime to lift the Knights over Guelph.
Jared Knight had a goal and two assists for London, while Daniel Erlich and Leigh Salters added singles.
Tyler Carroll, Taylor Beck and Mathew Sisca supplied the offence for the Storm.
The Knights lead the quarter-final series 1-0, and will host Game 2 Sunday at 2 p.m.
Greyhounds 3 Whalers 2
At Plymouth, Mich., Sault Ste. Marie scored twice in the third period to rally to a win over the Whalers in Game 1 of their quarter-final series.
Daniel Catenacci tallied the winner at 17:12 of the final period. Jordan Nolan had tied the game for Sault Ste. Marie midway through the third. Dominic DeSando opened the scoring for the Greyhounds in the first period.
Phil McRae and Tyler Seguin scored early in the third period for Plymouth.
Game 2 is Saturday night in Plymouth before the series heads to Sault Ste. Marie next Tuesday and Wednesday.
Battalion 4 Frontenacs 2
At Kingston, Ont., Scott Tanski scored twice as Brampton doubled the Frontenacs.
Vancouver Canucks prospect Cody Hodgson had the eventual winner for the Battalion, while Craig Moore added a single.
Zach Harnden opened scoring for Kingston, while Nathan Moon had a power-play goal.
The Battalion lead the quarter-final series 1-0. Brampton will host Game 2 at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Rangers 3 Spirit 2 (OT)
At Kitchener, Ont., Julian Cimadamore had a pair of goals including the winner as the Rangers rallied past Saginaw in overtime.
Jason Akeson had the other marker for Kitchener.
Tyler Murovich and Ivan Telegin gave the Spirit a 2-0 lead before the Rangers turned it around.
Kitchener leads the series 1-0. The Rangers will travel to Saginaw for Game 2 at 7:11 p.m. Saturday night.
67's 4 IceDogs 3
At Ottawa, Tyler Toffoli had two goals and Cody Lindsay had two assists as the 67's toppled Niagara.
Anthony Nigro and Dalton Smith also scored for Ottawa.
Andrew Aggozino had two goals for the Ice Dogs, while Matt Pelgrave added a single.
Game 2 of the series is Sunday and Ottawa and then it shifts to St. Catharines for games next Tuesday and Thursday.