MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Jordan Mayer scored the deciding goal in the shootout as the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors outlasted the Oshawa Generals 4-3 Friday night in the Ontario Hockey League.
Mayer, the third Mississauga shooter, beat Oshawa netminder Neil Conway with a low wrist shot from in close in as the Majors (9-11-0-1) won for only the fifth time in 12 home games this season.
"What a relief," Mayer said moments after scoring on a low wrist shot between Conway's pads. "I just went at him (Conway) with as much speed as I could. I think it's easier to shoot on stride and I think it's harder for the goalies to read that. I saw him freeze as I was coming in and I knew the space would be open."
Mississauga rookie Riley Brace scored the first goal of his OHL career midway through the third period to tie the game at 3-3. Casey Cizikas scored the other goal in the shootout for the Majors.
The Generals (11-11-0-2) sent Kory Nagy and John Tavares out for the shootout but both failed to score against Mississauga rookie goalie JP Anderson.
Nagy, Tyler Taylor and Jeff Hayes scored for Oshawa in regulation time. Jared Gomes and Cameron Gaunce had the other goals for Mississauga.
Anderson made 21 saves in regulation, while Conway stopped 49 shots.