MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Kyle Neuber, with his first career goal, and Casey Cizikas scored four minutes apart in the third period and the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors moved closer to clinching a playoff berth in the Ontario Hockey League with a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa 67's Saturday afternoon.
Neuber, known more for his aggressive style of play than for his offensive ability, scored at the 10-minute mark of the third to tie the game 1-1 and Cizikas followed up with his 18th of the season soon after as the Majors ended a three-game losing slide.
"That win relieves some pressure and gives us a chance at having a good weekend," said Neuber, a six-foot-two, 215-pound native of Sarnia whose aggressiveness has earned him 110 penalty minutes in 47 games this season.
"We'll be in the playoffs and obviously most of the guys in our room haven't been in the playoffs before, so this is an important win," added Neuber. "Maybe it will help us go a long way in the playoffs."
The win boosted Mississauga's record to 28-31-1-1 as the Majors took over sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings with 58 points, one ahead of Ottawa (26-30-2-3).
The Majors would be guaranteed a spot in the post-season if the Kingston Frontenacs were to lose later Saturday night to the Peterborough Petes.
The Majors play the Frontenacs in Kingston Sunday afternoon.
Ryan Martindale scored the only Ottawa goal. It came early in the second period and stood up until Neuber's goal in the third.
Anthony Grieco stopped 34 shots in the Mississauga net for his fifth win of the season. The Majors had 25 shots at Ottawa goaltender Adam Courchaine.