Thomas Nesbitt provided all the offence the Ottawa 67's needed Sunday afternoon.
Nesbitt scored three times, including the game winner midway through the second period as Ottawa tamed the Niagara IceDogs 3-1 in Ontario Hockey League playoff action.
The win gives the 67's a 2-0 series lead in the best-of-seven Ontario Hockey League Eastern Conference quarter-final. Games 3 and 4 are in St. Catharines on Tuesday and Thursday.
"We were really excited and we're going to pat ourselves on the back for just a couple more minutes here but as soon as we leave the rink it's back to 0-0 in the series," said Nesbitt.
"Both games have been real tight and they came real close to coming back in the third period here today so we have to give them a lot of credit. We have to work hard in Niagara."
The IceDogs we're 1-for-4 on the power play and the 67's were held off the score sheet during their one man-advantage opportunity.
Elsewhere in the OHL, it was: Brampton 5 Kingston 1; London 4 Guelph 3; and Windsor 3 Erie 1.
At Ottawa, Chris Perugini made 36 saves, including 16 in the final period for the 67's win.
Dylan MacEachern was the lone scorer for the IceDogs, while Mark Visentin stopped 31 shots.
Battalion 5 Frontenacs 1
At Brampton, Ont., Goaltender Patrick Killeen stopped 25 shots as the Battalion skated to a victory over Kingston.
Cody Hodgson scored a short-handed goal to cap off Brampton's offence. Craig Moore, Philip Lane, Sam Carrick and Matt MacLeod added singles.
Kaine Geldart was the lone scorer for the Frontenacs, while Tyler Beskorowany made 32 saves.
Brampton leads the series 2-0. Kingston will host Game 3 Tuesday night.
Knights 4 Storm 3
At Guelph, Ont., Nazem Kadri had a goal and two assists to lead the London Knights as they held off the Guelph Storm.
Tyler Brown scored the eventual winner late in the second period for London, while Daniel Erlich and Jared Knight also tallied.
Taylor Beck and Zack Mitchell both scored in the third period to bring Guelph within one of the Knights. Adam Comrie added a single.
London leads the series 2-0, and will host Game 3 Tuesday night.
Spitfires 3 Otters 1
At Erie, Pa., Taylor Hall scored twice as Windsor earned a win over the Otters.
Dale Mitchell had the eventual winner for the Spitfires 17:28 into the second period.
Zack Torquato was the lone scorer for Erie.
Windsor leads the series 2-0 and will host Game 3 Tuesday night.
Colts 6 Wolves 2
At Barrie, Ont., Bryan Cameron had a hat trick and two assists as the Colts cruised past Sudbury.
Luke Pither scored twice and added an assist for Barrie, while Alexander Burmistrov added a single.
Ben Chiarot and Eddy Leitans-Rinke replied for the Wolves.
Barrie has a 3-0 series lead. Game 4 will be in Sudbury Wednesday night.