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Gaunce scores OT winner as Mississauga freezes the IceDogs 2-1

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MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Defenceman Cameron Gaunce scored on a rebound from the edge of the crease late in overtime to lift the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors to a 2-1 victory over the Niagara IceDogs Friday night in the Ontario Hockey League.

Gaunce, a Colorado Avalanche prospect, scored his 17th goal of the season on a power play when he shovelled home the rebound from a Mike Pelech shot just short of the four-minute mark of the extra period.

"That's my first overtime winner ever," Gaunce said after the game. "We were all over them most of the game, I thought, and we should have closed them out earlier. We didn't have the right mindset early in the game."

Pelech also drew an assist on Blake Parlett's eighth goal of the season, which came on a Mississauga (38-26-1-2) power play midway through the third period to tie the game 1-1.

Marco Insam had given the IceDogs (26-30-5-6) a 1-0 lead when he scored his 23rd goal of the season in the second period. That goal ended a Niagara scoring drought at 170 minutes, 31 seconds.

Jeremy Smith turned in a solid effort in goal for the IceDogs, stopping 27 shots. Chris Carrozzi made 26 saves in the Majors net.

Mississauga will close out the regular-season schedule Sunday afternoon against the Sudbury Wolves and will meet the Barrie Colts in the opening round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The first game in the best-of-seven series is scheduled for March 20 in Mississauga.

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