It took the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors five games to eliminate the Barrie Colts, but it felt like six.
Devante Smith-Pelly scored on a wraparound in triple overtime as the Majors outlasted Barrie 4-3 in a marathon Ontario Hockey League Eastern Conference quarter-final series finale on Saturday night.
Smith-Pelly's winner came 118 minutes and five seconds after the initial puck drop, making the deciding game between the fourth and fifth seeds in the east the second-longest game in OHL history and the longest since March 20, 1990.
Mississauga trailed 3-0 after the first period but tied the game up in the second on three power-play goals - two from Cameron Gaunce and another from Kaspars Daugavins. Gaunce also added an assist and leads all defencemen in playoff scoring with nine points (three goals, six assists).
Elsewhere in the OHL, it was: London 6, Erie 2; Plymouth 8, Sarnia 1; and IceDogs 5, Ottawa 3.
At Barrie, Ont., Michael Sgarbossa had a goal and an assist for the Colts, who won game four 3-2 in overtime to avoid the sweep. Stefan Della Rovere and Alex Hutchings also scored.
JP Anderson made 68 saves, including 38 in overtime, to earn the win for the Majors, who advanced past the opening round of the playoffs for the first time since 2005, when they were the Toronto St. Michael's Majors. Barrie netminder Peter Di Salvo stopped 84 shots, 42 of them in overtime.
Knights 6, Otters 2
At London, Ont., John Tavares had three power-play points to help the Knights eliminate Erie in five games.
After notching five points in the first two games of the series, Tavares was held pointless in games three and four, which were played in Erie, Pa. Saturday's return to London was also a return to form for the highly touted prospect, who opened the scoring on a power play three minutes and 19 seconds into the first period.
Phil Varone scored twice, bringing his series total to five goals, while Justin Taylor had a goal and an assist and Leigh Salters also scored for London, which went 4-for-5 with the man advantage to send the Otters packing.
John Carlson had three helpers for the Knights, who will face the Saginaw Spirit in the Western Conference semifinals.
Sean Jones and Mike Cazzola replied for Erie, which was outshot 52-38.
Whalers 8, Sting 1
At Plymouth, Mich., Chris Terry scored a hat trick as the Whalers finished off Sarnia in decisive fashion.
All three of Terry's goals came in a six-goal second period for Plymouth, which will face the first-place Windsor Spitfires in the Western Conference semifinals.
Kaine Geldart, AJ Jenks, Ryan Hayes, Joe Gaynor and Beau Schmitz all scored for the Whalers, who also got three assists from Leo Jenner and a pair from Tyler Seguin.
Mark Katic scored the lone goal for the Sting near the end of the second period.
IceDogs 4, 67's 3
At St. Catharines, Ont., Marco Insam scored his second goal of the night with under four minutes remaining in the third period to give the IceDogs a 3-2 series lead over Ottawa.
Alex Friesen had a goal and an assist and Mathew Sisca also scored for Niagara, which earned the win despite being outshot 17-5 in the final 20 minutes. Andrew Agozzino had two assists.
The IceDogs led 3-1 after Insam's power-play goal at 13:32 of the second period, but Anthony Nigro responded with two goals for the 67's to knot the game at 3-3 with under 10 minutes to play. Ryan Martindale opened the scoring a minute and 46 seconds into the game and Julien Demers had a pair of helpers for Ottawa.