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Mayer scores winner as Mississauga St. Michael's Majors shade Niagara 2-1

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MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Jordan Mayer had the eventual winner as the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors shaded the Niagara IceDogs 2-1 in Ontario Hockey League play Sunday afternoon.

Blake Parlett had a power-play goal for Mississauga (42-20-6), while JP Anderson stopped 28 shots.

Matt Petgrave had the only marker for Niagara (26-34-8), while Mark Visentin made 34 saves.

Mayer drew an assist on Parlett's 11th goal of the season, a power play marker just before the nine-minute mark of the second period.

Mayer then scored his team-leading 31st goal with less than two minutes remaining in the middle frame.

"Our focus was there today," said Mayer. "Our last game (a 4-2 loss to Belleville on Friday night) was a wake-up call for us. We know we're a good team and we've got this to build on now going into the playoffs."

The Majors finished the season with 90 points in the Eastern Conference standings, breaking their previous mark of 89 set in 2001-02 when the team was the Toronto St. Michael's Majors.

Mississauga also established a franchise mark by allowing only 175 goals in 68 games, tops in the entire OHL. Back on March 5, the team also set a franchise record with its 40th victory in a single, erasing the previous high of 39 that was set in 2001-02.

The Majors, third in the Eastern Conference standings, will meet the Peterborough Petes in a best-of-seven quarterfinal series beginning Friday, March 19 in Mississauga.

The IceDogs, seventh in the final standings, will travel to Ottawa to meet the 67's in the first round of the playoffs. Niagara will play the first two games in the best-of-seven quarter-final series in Ottawa next Friday and Saturday nights. The series will then shift to St. Catharines for Games 3 and 4.

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