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Pelech nets winner as Majors edge Wolves 3-2 for ninth win in 10 games

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MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Veteran Mike Pelech scored the game-winning goal and assisted on another as the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors wiped out a two-goal deficit to edge the Sudbury Wolves 3-2 Sunday afternoon in the Ontario Hockey League.

Pelech, a six-foot-two, 212-pound centre, scored his 12th goal of the season on a backhand shot early in the third period to break a 2-2 deadlock and lift the Majors (21-15-1-1) to their ninth win in the last 10 games, solidifying the team's hold on fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings.

"We're winning the close games now where we were losing them earlier in the year," said Pelech, who leads the Majors offensively with 38 points in as many games.

"It's a lot of fun right now," said Pelech. "We're playing with a lot of confidence and our young guys are contributing and helping us out a lot."

Pelech drew an assist on defenceman Cameron Gaunce's 13th goal of the season in the last minute of the first period and Corey Bureau scored his 10th goal early in the second to pull the Majors even with the Wolves after Sudbury (18-17-1-3) jumped out to a quick first-period lead on goals by Eric O'Dell, his 20th, and Jared Staal in the first six minutes of play.

Andrew Loverock was outstanding in the Sudbury net as he stopped 44 shots. Chris Carrozzi, playing in his seventh game in a row for Mississauga, made 22 saves.

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