BARRIE, Ont. - After a week of waiting, Mavric Parks and the Barrie Colts showed no signs of rust Wednesday night.
Parks made 29 saves for his first Ontario Hockey League playoff shutout as the Colts blanked the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors 3-0 in the opening game of the Eastern Conference final Wednesday night.
Matt Kennedy scored twice for Barrie, which has yet to lose in the 2010 OHL playoffs after sweeping the Sudbury Wolves and the Brampton Battalion in the opening two rounds.
After sweeping Brampton, the Colts had to wait for the winner of the series between Mississauga and the Ottawa 67's, which went to seven games. Game 7, which the Majors won 5-3, was played on Monday, giving Mississauga a much shorter rest.
That discrepancy appeared to benefit Barrie early on, as Kennedy scored a power-play goal three minutes into the game. But the Majors held a five-shot advantage after the first two periods with the Colts clinging to a one-goal lead.
Barrie regained its typical form in the third period, outshooting Mississauga 14-4. Kennedy stretched the lead to two goals five minutes into the period and Darren Archibald added an empty-netter.
JP Anderson stopped 31 shots for the Majors, who host Game 2 on Friday.