Mississauga St. Michael's Majors head coach James Boyd sure likes the way his club is playing as the post-season approaches.
Brandon Maxwell stopped all 25 shots he faced and the power play connected three times as the Majors shutout the host Oshawa Generals 3-0 on Saturday in Ontario Hockey League action.
"We played a very solid defensive game and that made us a frustrating team to play against tonight," Boyd said. "It was a great team effort and we got contributions from throughout the lineup. It's a great way to head into the playoffs and it gives us a lot of building blocks to use heading into next week."
Despite one more game to play before the regular season is through, Mississauga has clinched the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference and will face the Barrie Colts in the first round of the playoffs.
Mika Partanen had a goal and an assist for the Majors (33-27-7), who are winners of their last five games, while Spenser Cobbold and Dylan DeMelo scored a goal apiece.
This was the third time this season that the Generals (31-29-7) have been blanked on the scoreboard.
Kevin Bailie stopped 17 shots in a losing effort.
Mississauga scored all three of their goals on the power play and finished the contest 3 for 5 as Oshawa failed to score on three chances of their own with the man advantage.
Elsewhere in the OHL, it was: London 3, Erie 0; Niagara 7, Ottawa 3; Belleville 2, Sudbury 0; Sarnia 6, Plymouth 2; Saginaw 4, Kitchener 3; Brampton 5, Barrie 2; Guelph 3, Owen Sound 1 and Sault Ste. Marie 10, Windsor 9.
At Oshawa, Ont., Partanen opened the scoring, on the power play, 3:06 into the game.
With 24 seconds remaining in the first period, DeMelo doubled Mississauga's lead to 2-0 with another power-play goal.
Oshawa out shot the Majors 11-7 in the second period but neither team could score.
Cobbold secured a win for Mississauga when he scored on the man advantage at 7:33 of the third period.
Knights 3 Otters 0
At Erie, Pa., Tyson Teichmann made 19 saves to earn his first shutout of the year as London (49-18-1) blanked the Otters (10-52-6) to secure top spot in the Western Conference.
IceDogs 7 67's 3
At St. Catharines, Ont., Alex Friesen and David Pacan each scored twice as Niagara (46-18-3) extended its winning streak to four games by downing Ottawa (40-19-8).
Bulls 2 Wolves 0
At Belleville, Ont., Malcolm Subban stopped all 39 shots he faced and Adam Payerl scored both goals for the Bulls (35-22-1) as they blanked Sudbury (35-26-6).
Sting 6 Whalers 2
At Plymouth, Mich., Tyler J. Brown scored twice and Connor Murphy chipped in two assists as Sarnia (34-27-7)snapped the Whalers' (47-18-3) 10-game winning streak.
Spirit 4 Rangers 3
At Saginaw, Mich., Franky Palazzese turned away 48 shots for Kitchener (42-23-2) but Jimmy Lodge scored the winning goal for the Spirit (33-27-8) early in the third period to secure the fifth seed in the West.
Battalion 5 Colts 2
At Barrie, Ont., Sam Carrick scored twice and Barclay Goodrow and Brett Mackie each had a goal and an assist as Brampton (35-22-10) locked up the fourth seed in the east by defeating the Colts (40-23-5).
Storm 3 Attack 1
At Owen Sound, Ont., Garret Sparks made 32 saves, earning the game's first star, as Guelph (31-31-6) clinched the seventh seed in the West by downing the Attack (32-29-7), who have lost four straight contests.
Greyhounds 10 Spitfires 9
At Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., 15 player's, between both clubs, recorded multi-point games including Ty Bilcke, whose third-period goal lifted the Greyhounds (27-33-6) over Windsor (29-31-7).