The Ottawa 67's entered the Ontario Hockey League post-season in fine fashion Sunday night.
Thomas Nesbitt scored 2:46 into overtime as Ottawa eked out a 3-2 win over the Sudbury Wolves in OHL action.
The 67's enter the playoffs as the No. 2 seed in the Eastern conference and will play a best-of-seven series with the Niagara Ice Dogs.
The Wolves, meanwhile, are the eighth seed and open the playoffs against the top ranked team in the country, the Barrie Colts.
"We played a sloppy game but managed to eke out a win," said Ottawa's Chris Byrne, who will make his playoff debut behind the bench after spending the last couple of seasons as an assistant to the legendary Brian Kilrea.
"We are excited to start the playoffs and look forward to our first game."
The other OHL post-season match-ups are: Mississauga St. Michael's Majors v. Peterborough Petes; Kingston Frontenacs v. Brampton Battalion; Windsor Spitfires v. Erie Otters; London Knights v. Guelph Storm; Kitchener Rangers v. Saginaw Spirit and Plymouth Whalers v. Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.
Elsewhere in the OHL it was Brampton 3 Kingston 1; Mississauga 2 Niagara 1; Saginaw 4 Plymouth 1 and Kitchener 5 Sault Ste. Marie 4. At Ottawa, Corey Cowick had a pair of goals for the 67's (37-23-8) while Ryan Martindale picked up three assists and Julien Demers had two.
Eric O'Dell scored in the first period for the Wolves (26-35-7) and Steve Reese forced overtime with a goal at 18:01 of the third period.
Battalion 3 Frontenacs 1
At Brampton, Ont., Sam Carrick scored twice as the Battalion clinched the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference with a victory over Kingston.
Ken Peroff had the other goal for Brampton (25-29-14).
Ethan Werek answered for the Frontenacs (33-30-5).
Majors 2 IceDogs 1
At Mississauga, Ont., Jordan Mayer had the eventual winner as the Majors shaded Niagara.
Blake Parlett had a power-play score for Mississauga (42-20-6).
Matt Petgrave had the only marker for Niagara (26-34-8).
Spirit 4 Whalers 1
At Plymouth, Mich., Ivan Telegin scored twice including the eventual winner as Saginaw sank the Whalers.
Vincent Trocheck and Jordan Skellett had the other goals for Saginaw (34-27-7).
Tyler Seguin replied for Plymouth (38-27-3) with 26 seconds left in the game.
Rangers 5 Greyhounds 4
At Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Andrew Crescenzi scored twice for Kitchener as they topped the Greyhounds.
Julian Cimadamore, Matthew Tipoff and Gabriel Landeskog had the rest of the goals for the Rangers (42-19-7).
Dominic DeSando had back-to-back goals for Sault Ste. Marie (36-27-5), while Brock Beukeboom and Nick Cousins chipped in as well.