With the way the Mississauga-St. Michael's Majors have been playing, it was only a matter of time before Jordan Mayer regained his scoring touch.
Mayer broke out of a nine-game scoring drought with a goal and an assist to lead the Majors to a 5-2 victory over the Belleville Bulls on Friday night in the Ontario Hockey League.
Mayer had 22 goals in 2008-09 and looked ready to improve on that figure with seven goals in his first eight games this season. He cooled off considerably after that, recording only five assists during his slump.
"I think I got a little bit comfortable after the start I had and I guess I thought it was easy," said Mayer. "I kind of lost the determination but I think this will get the fire back."
Mississauga has continued to thrive despite Mayer's struggles, with eight wins in the past 10 games. The Majors trail the Eastern Conference-leading Barrie Colts by two points with a game in hand.
Elsewhere in the OHL it was: Barrie 6 Sudbury 2; Brampton 3 Kingston 2 (SO); Erie 9 Niagara 3; London 8 Owen Sound 2; Ottawa 6 Guelph 3; Plymouth 7 Sarnia 2; Saginaw 5 Oshawa 1; and Windsor 6 Kitchener 3.
At Mississauga, Ont., Joseph Cramarossa, Casey Cizikas and defenceman David Corrente had the other goals for the Majors (13-4-1).
Tyler Taylor and Luke Judson scored for the Bulls (6-12-2).
Philipp Grubauer started in goal for the Bulls but lasted only two periods after allowing four goals on 20 shots. Tyson Teichmann took over in the third period and allowed one goal. He made seven saves in the period.
JP Anderson turned aside 21 of 23 shots in the Mississauga net.
Colts 6 Wolves 2
At Sudbury, Ont., Bryan Cameron scored two goals and an assist to lead Barrie over the Wolves.
Ryan Strome also scored and had an assist for the Colts (14-4-1), while Alexander Burmistrov, Kyle Clifford, and Michael Sgarbossa all added goals.
John Kurtz had a goal and an assist for Sudbury (7-11-1), while Jared Staal also found the net.
Battalion 3 Frontenacs 2 (SO)
At Kingston, Ont., Matt MacLeod scored the only shootout goal to complete the comeback as Brampton edged the Frontenacs.
Sean Jones and Philip Lane both scored for the Battalion (7-8-2) in the second period to tie the game 2-2.
Nathan Moon and Ethan Werek had goals for Kingston (8-10-2).
Otters 9 IceDogs 3
At Erie, Pa., the Otters reached a season-high in goals in a convincing win over Niagara.
Captain Zack Torquato had two goals and an assist for Erie (6-9-3), while Anthony Luciani and Andrew Yogan both scored and had two assists. Mike Cazzola added three assists. Rookie Brady Austin scored his first and second OHL goals. Shawn Szydlowski had a goal and an assist, while Brett Cook and Tyler Hostetter both added singles.
Andrew Agozzino led the IceDogs (6-10-3) with a goal and an assist, while Johnson Andrews and Andrew Fritsch both scored.
Knights 8 Attack 2
At London, Ont., Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick Nazem Kadri scored twice and added an assist as the Knights destroyed Owen Sound.
Justin Taylor scored a pair, Phil Varone had a goal and two assists, Michael MacDonald and Daniel Erlich each had a goal and an assist and Leigh Salters also scored for London (12-4-1).
Grant McGee and Jason Wilson replied for the Attack (7-12-3).
67's 6 Storm 3
At Guelph, Ont., Travis Gibbons scored twice as part of a five-goal run as Ottawa doubled up on the Storm.
Ryan Martindale, Thomas Nesbitt and Andrew Merrett also scored as the 67's (5-9-4) built a 5-1 lead. Dalton Smith added another midway through the third period.
Ben Chiarot, Mathew Sisca and Matt Kennedy replied for Guelph (9-7-1).
Whalers 7 Sting 2
At Plymouth, Mich., Myles McCauley recorded two goals and an assist to lead the Whalers past Sarnia.
Austin Levi, Stefan Noesen, Tyler Seguin, Josh Brittain and AJ Jenks also scored for Plymouth (11-7-0).
Kyle Neuber and Kale Kerbashian scored for the Sting (9-9-1).
Spirit 5 Generals 1
At Saginaw, Mich., the Spirit won their fifth straight and extended Oshawa's losing streak to six games.
Jordan Szwarz scored two goals and one assist while Ivan Telegin potted a pair of goals to help lead the way for Saginaw (12-4-2). Tyler Murovich scored a goal and an assist and Nick Crawford, Joe Pleckaitis and Josh Shalla each had two assists.
Andy Andreoff scored the lone goal for the Generals (7-9-2).
Spitfires 6 Rangers 3
At Kitchener, Ont., Greg Nemisz scored his first hat trick of the season as Windsor continued to roll with a victory over the Rangers.
Adam Henrique had a goal and two assists, Ryan Kenny added a goal and an assist and OHL scoring leader Taylor Hall also scored for the Spitfires (15-3-3), who have not lost in regulation for 11 games.
Jeremy Morin scored twice and Chris MacKinnon added another for Kitchener (13-2-3), which lost in regulation for just the second time this season.