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Gaunce's pair gives St. Michael's Majors close win over Sault Ste. Marie

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MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Defenceman Cameron Gaunce scored a pair of goals as the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors shaded the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3-2 Sunday afternoon for their fourth win in a row in the Ontario Hockey League.

The 18-year-old Gaunce scored in each of the first two periods and the St. Michael's Majors (4-1-0-0) held off a late third-period surge by Sault Ste. Marie (4-2-1-0).

"We have a much different mindset this year," said Gaunce, who has three goals and five points in four games. "We've got a lot of confidence and we know we can do it this year. Last year, we were much younger and we had doubts about our ability. Not this year."

Mississauga fell behind in the first when Jordan Carroll's fourth goal of the season staked the Greyhounds to a 1-0 lead. But Gaunce's first of the game, followed moments later by Jordan Mayer's second goal of the season, put the St. Michael's Majors out in front 2-1 by the first intermission.

Gaunce's second goal, which proved to be the game-winner, came in the first minute of the second period while Mississauga was on the power play.

Tomas Rachunek had the other goal for the Greyhounds.

The rest of the game turned into a goaltender's duel between Sault Ste. Marie's Cody St. Jacques and Mississauga's Chris Carrozzi. The Greyhounds made a late charge in an effort to tie the game and force overtime, but they were stopped by Carrozzi, who made a total of 31 saves. St. Jacques turned in a solid effort for the Greyhounds, stopping 37 shots on the afternoon.

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