The Mississauga St. Michael's Majors weren't about to let a late two-goal deficit put an end to their current hot streak.
Casey Cizikas scored 13 seconds into overtime to cap a late rally and lift Mississauga to a 6-5 victory over the Plymouth Whalers Friday night in the Ontario Hockey League.
Cizikas shovelled a rebound past Plymouth netminder Matt Hackett as the Majors (17-14-1-1) came back from a 5-3 third-period deficit to win their fifth in a row. Jared Gomes and Riley Brace scored to tie the game a five and send it to overtime.
"We knew we were outplaying them and we just stuck with it," Cizikas said of the comeback.
Following a rough stretch in which Mississauga won just twice in 11 games, the Majors are 8-1-1-0 in their past 10, moving them into a tie for second place in the Central Division standings. Before the start of its current win streak, Mississauga was last in the division.
"We knew where we were in the standings when we started this streak but we were heading into a stretch against teams we knew we could beat," said Cizikas.
Elsewhere in the OHL, it was: Erie 4, Guelph 2; London 5, Sault Ste. Marie 4 (OT); Ottawa 6, Peterborough 3; Sarnia 3, Kitchener 2; Sudbury 4, Niagara 3; and Windsor 4, Saginaw 2.
At Mississauga, Ont., Rob Flick, Jordan Mayer and Devante Smith-Pelly had the other goals for the Majors. Cameron Gaunce and Parlett Blake added three assists each.
AJ Jenks scored once and had a pair of assists for the Whalers (15-16-3-0). Chris Terry had a pair of goals for Plymouth, while Scott Fletcher, traded to the Whalers by Niagara on Dec. 10, and Leo Jenner had the other markers.
Mississauga goalie Chris Carrozzi stopped 15 shots. Hackett made 35 saves for Plymouth.
Otters 4, Storm 2
At Erie, Pa., the Otters used four first-period goals to snap a four-game losing streak and defeat Guelph.
Shawn Szydlowski, Justin Hodgman, Luke Gazdic and Andrew Yogan scored for Erie (15-17-2-0).
The Storm (18-13-2-2), who had three shutout wins in their previous five outings, got goals from Luke Pither and Denis Hollenstein.
Knights 5, Greyhounds 4 (OT)
At London, Ont., Philip McRae scored 46 seconds into overtime to give the Knights a hard-fought win over Sault Ste. Marie.
Nazem Kadri led the way with a goal and two assists for London (26-7-0-1), while Jared Knight, Tucker Hunter and John Carlson also scored.
Matthew Lyall scored and added two assists and Michael Fine had a goal for the Greyhounds (14-18-2-1). Jacob Mussin and Jordan Nolan each scored and added and assist.
67's 6, Petes 3
At Ottawa, Thomas Kiriakou led the way with two goals and two assists as the 67's doubled up on Peterborough.
Cody Lindsay had a goal and an assist for the Ottawa (19-14-0-2), while Tyler Toffoli, Jon Carnevale and Anthony Nigro scored a goal each. Travis Gibbons had three assists and Logan Couture had two.
Tony Roman, Zach Harnden and Ryan Spooner found the net for the Petes (15-20-0-2), who were delayed more than two hours getting into Ottawa because of bad weather. The game started 45 minutes late.
Sting 3, Rangers 2
At Kitchener, Ont., Sarnia scored three times on five power-play opportunities to put the Rangers back in the loss column.
Steve Ferry scored the eventual game-winner midway through the third period. Ben O'Quinn and Matt Martin also scored for the Sting (17-15-2-2). Justin DiBenedetto and Jamie Arniel had two assists each.
Jeff Skinner and Dan Kelly replied for Kitchener (14-17-1-1), which has lost seven of its past eight games. The Rangers' only win during that span came on Thursday against the league-leading Windsor Spitfires.
Wolves 4, IceDogs 3
At St. Catharines, Ont., Jared Staal scored the game-winner with under a minute remaining in the third period to lift Sudbury over the IceDogs.
Staal also assisted on John Kurtz's first-period marker as the Wolves (16-15-1-2) carried a 2-1 lead into the second. Peter Hermenegildo extended the lead before Chris DeSousa and Andrew Agozzino scored for the IceDogs to tie the game at 3-3.
Matt Dias also scored for the Wolves, while Kyle Steckley had the other goal for Niagara (12-17-4-4), which has lost six straight.
Spitfires 4, Spirit 2
At Saginaw, Mich., Windsor rebounded from a shocking home loss at home to Kitchener, beating the Spirit for the second time this week.
Greg Nemisz scored twice, Mark Cundari had a goal and an assist and Harry Young also scored for the Spitfires (29-5-0-1). Adam Henrique added two assists.
Kain Allicock and John Kavanagh replied for Saginaw (20-11-0-2).