MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Matt Caria, returning to the lineup after missing a month with a broken thumb, scored the only goal in a shootout and the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors overcame a 3-0 first-period deficit to beat the Barrie Colts 4-3 Friday night in the Ontario Hockey League.
Caria, who sparked the Mississauga comeback by setting up two goals in regulation time, scored the shootout winner on a nifty deke and then flipped a short backhand shot past goaltender Andrew Perugini, who was outstanding all night in the Barrie net.
Kris Sparre, acquired in a trade with the Colts in October, scored a pair of goals in the third period to tie game 3-3. Caria drew assists on both of those markers. Kaspars Daugavins started the Mississauga (10-11-1-0) comeback with his 16th goal of the season early in the third.
Brian Lashoff scored twice and George Lovatsis had one as the Colts (15-10-1-0) jumped ahead 3-0 in the opening frame.
Both of Lashoff's goals, his first two of the season, were scored against Mississauga's starting netminder Anthony Grieco. He was pulled after that and replaced by Chris Carrozzi, playing in his first game since suffering a knee injury on Nov. 2.
Grieco and Carrozzi had an easy night as they combined to handle just 19 shots. Perugini was outstanding in the Barrie net, stopping 52 of 55 shots. He faced nine shots in the five-minute overtime period.