After a frustrating 60 minutes of hockey, Cody Hodgson wasted no time helping the Brampton Battalion to a much-deserved victory.
Hodgson scored three goals and added an assist, setting up Anthony Peluso's winning tally 54 seconds into overtime as the Battalion edged the Peterborough Petes 5-4 on Sunday to take a 2-0 series lead in their Ontario Hockey League Eastern Conference quarter-final series.
"We played a solid game today," said Hodgson, who has three goals and five assists in two playoff games. "I have to give the Petes credit though, they battled hard."
Brampton outshot the Petes 64-13 but needed overtime to finish them off despite having a 4-2 lead after two periods. Jason Missiaen was a busy netminder in a losing cause, making 59 saves on the afternoon.
Evgeny Grachev added a goal and two assists for the Battalion. The Russian rookie is second on the team behind Hodgson with three goals and four assists in the series so far.
Elsewhere in the OHL, it was: Plymouth 3, Sarnia 2 (OT); Windsor 6, Owen Sound 1; Ottawa 6, Niagara 2; Belleville 3, Sudbury 1; and Saginaw 3, Guelph 2.
At Brampton, Ont., Brett Theberge, Pat Daley and Zach Harnden countered for Peterborough, with Harnden netting a pair, including the tying goal with less than five minutes remaining in the third period.
The series now heads to Peterborough, Ont., for games three and four on Tuesday and Thursday at the Peterborough Memorial Centre.
"I love that rink," said Hodgson. "The boards have a different bounce to them that's for sure. It's always a good atmosphere over there."
Whalers 3, Sting 2 (OT)
At Sarnia, Ont., Matt Caria completed his hat trick with a goal five minutes and 20 seconds into overtime as Plymouth evened its series against the Sting at one game apiece.
After Sarnia scored twice in the opening five minutes of the game, Caria scored midway through the first period and added a power-play marker with 27 seconds left in the second to tie the game at 2-2. He scored the overtime winner on a power play as well after Sting defenceman Brent Sullivan was sent off for interference.
Tyler Seguin assisted on both of Caria's power-play goals, while Marcus Pepe and Matt Martin scored for Sarnia.
Spitfires 6, Attack 1
At Windsor, Ont., Eric Wellwood and Taylor Hall both scored a pair of goals as the Spitfires hammered Owen Sound to take a 3-0 stranglehold on their quarter-final series.
Dale Mitchell and Lane MacDermid also scored for the Spitfires, who fired 53 shots at Attack netminder Scott Stajcer. Windsor has had 178 shots over the first three games of the series, which continues Wednesday night in Owen Sound, Ont.
David Lomas replied for the Attack.
67's 6, IceDogs 2
At Ottawa, Corey Cowick and Anthony Nigro each scored a pair of goals and set up another to lead the 67's over Niagara.
Tyler Toffoli had a goal and an assist and Cody Lindsay also scored as Ottawa evened the best-of-seven series at one win apiece and snapped a nine-game post-season losing skid for dating back to March 27, 2007.
Logan Couture, the third member of 67's top line, recorded four assists.
Dylan MacEachern and Alex Pietrangelo found the net for the IceDogs, who host the next three games of the series in St. Catharines, Ont., beginning on Tuesday night.
Bulls 3, Wolves 1
At Sudbury, Ont., Eric Tangradi scored twice and added an assist to help Belleville defeat the Wolves to regain home-ice advantage.
Tangradi assisted on Luke Pither's late first-period goal before scoring two of his own for the Bulls, who hold a 2-1 series lead.
Daniel Maggio replied for Sudbury, which hosts game four on Tuesday night.
Spirit 3, Storm 2
At Guelph, Ont., Jack Combs scored on a penalty shot midway through the third period as Saginaw took a 2-0 series lead against the Storm.
Combs also opened the scoring on a first-period power play for the Spirit, who host game three of the series in Saginaw, Mich., on Tuesday night. T.J. Brodie assisted on Combs' power-play goal and added one of his own a minute into the second period.
Tyler Melancon had a goal and an assist and Brandon Buck also scored for Guelph.