Riley Brace and the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors were happy to take advantage of the slumping Oshawa Generals.
Brace scored a pair of goals and added an assist to lift Mississauga to a 6-0 win over Oshawa in the Ontario Hockey League Friday night. Goaltender JP Anderson turned aside 20 shots for his second shutout of the season. Anderson is ranked third among goalies in the OHL with a 2.53 goals-against average coming into the game.
Brace scored a power-play goal in the first period and added an even-strength marker in the second, raising his season total to 15.
"We played hard for 60 minutes and we want to show other teams that we're gearing up for the playoffs," said Brace. "We were able to put (the Generals) in a hole early and we kept them down the whole game."
Oshawa has now lost seven in a row.
Elsewhere in the OHL it was Saginaw 5 Plymouth 2; Guelph 4 Sarnia 3; Kingston 3 Niagara 2 (SO); Kitchener 5 Belleville 4; London 4 Owen Sound 2; Barrie 6 Ottawa 4; Windsor 4 Sault Ste. Marie 2 and Brampton 3 Sudbury 1.
At Mississauga, Ont., Brace also assisted on a goal by Jordan Mayer early in the third for Mississauga (36-13-5). Defencemen Tim Billingsley and Brett Flemming as well as forward Dustin Ekelman also scored for the Majors.
Michael Zador started in goal for the Generals (21-29-5) but was pulled in favour of Kebin Baillie. Zador made 23 saves before he was replaced by Baillie who allowed one goal on 10 shots.
Spirit 5 Whalers 2
At Saginaw, Mich., the Spirit scored three first period goals and never looked back as they beat Plymouth.
Ivan Telegan had a goal and two assists for Saginaw (26-22-6). Jordan Skellett and Jordan Hill notched a goal and an assist each, while Peter Hermenegildo and Jordan Szwarz rounded out the scoring.
Robbie Czarnik and Jamie Devane replied for the Whalers (32-22-2).
Storm 4 Sting 3
At Guelph, Ont., Tyler Carroll scored twice as the Storm shaded Sarnia.
Peter Holland had a goal and two assists for Guelph (25-25-4), while Michael Latta also tallied.
Brandon Francisco scored and had two helpers to lead the Sting (14-38-3), while Tyler Peters and Kale Kerbashian added markers.
Frontenacs 3 IceDogs 2 (SO)
At Kingston, Ont., Joe Pleckaitis was the lone scorer in the shootout as the Frontenacs topped Niagara.
Nathan Moon and Michael Fine scored in regulation for Kingston (26-24-4).
Andrew Agozzino and Andrew Shaw had markers for the IceDogs (18-29-7).
Rangers 5 Bulls 4
At Kitchener, Ont., Jeff Skinner and Gabriel Landeskog both scored two goals as the Rangers edged Belleville.
Jason Akeson had a goal and an assist for Kitchener (35-16-4).
Braeden Corbeth, Adam Payerl, Kyle DeCoste and Alex Aleardi provided the offence for the Bulls (16-32-7).
Knights 4 Attack 2
At London, Ont., Nazem Kadri had two goals and an assist as the Knights doubled Owen Sound.
Jared Knight and Colin Martin also scored for London (39-14-2).
Chris Brown and Steven Shipley tallied for the Attack (24-27-6).
Colts 6 67's 4
At Ottawa, Alex Hutchings and Bryan Cameron both scored twice to lift Barrie to a win over the 67's.
Matt Kennedy and Stefan Della Rovere both had a goal and an assist for the Colts (45-7-2).
Julien Demers, Travis Gibbons, Dalton Smith and Cody Lindsay were the scorers for Ottawa (28-20-7).
Spitfires 4 Greyhounds 2
At Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Justin Shugg scored the eventual winner in the second period as Windsor downed the Greyhounds.
Adam Henrique, Stephen Johnston and Scott Timmins added markers for the Spitfires (44-8-5).
Michael Quesnele and Brett Thompson answered for Sault Ste. Marie (29-22-5).
Battalion 3 Wolves 1
At Sudbury, Ont., Philip Lane's first period power-play marker stood as the winner as Brampton marched to a win over the Wolves.
Barclay Goodrow and Matt MacLeod also scored for the Battalion (19-23-12).
Ben Chiarot was the lone scorer for Sudbury (21-28-5).