OSHAWA, Ont. - Casey Cizikas's shootout winner completed a remarkable 10-9 comeback as the Mississauga Majors defeated the Oshawa Generals in Ontario Hockey League action Thursday.
On a night Eric Lindros was honoured by having his jersey retired, the Generals let a 6-1 lead midway through the game slip away. Oshawa needed a John Tavares goal in the final minute, his second of the game, simply to force overtime.
Kaspars Daugavins led the Majors (29-32-2-1) with three goals and an assist, while Michael Pelech had two goals and two assists prior to the shootout.
Jordan Mayer also scored twice for Mississauga. Anthony Tapper and Kyle Neuber added singles.
Brett MacLean paced the Generals' attack with two goals and three assists. Dale Mitchell, Michael Del Zotto and Corey Cowick each had a goal and two assists.
Patrick Asselin, on a penalty shot, and Kory Nagy scored the other goals for Oshawa (37-15-5-5).
The Majors outshot the Generals 9-3 in overtime and 51-46 overall.
Neither starting goalie made it to the end. Chris Carrozzi replaced Anthony Greco for the Majors when they trailed 6-1, while Michal Neuvirth relieved Daryl Borden when Oshawa's lead was narrowed to 6-5 through two periods.
Mississauga's comeback spoiled Lindros' jersey retirement ceremony. The former Generals superstar had his No. 88 lifted to the rafters at the General Motors Centre before the game.
Lindros led the Generals to the Memorial Cup in 1991. He had 71 goals and 78 assists and 189 penalty minutes in 57 games in the 1990-91 season.