BARRIE, Ont. - JP Anderson did everything he could, but the Barrie Colts just kept on shooting.
Luke Pither scored twice in the second period to spoil a 55-save performance from Anderson as the Colts defeated the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors 3-1 Saturday to take a 2-1 lead in their Ontario Hockey League Eastern Conference final series.
Anderson has been solid since taking the Majors' starting job from Chris Carrozzi, posting a 2.46 goals-against average and .931 save percentage, along with one shutout.
The Toronto native kept the Colts off the scoreboard through the first period but couldn't stop all of Barrie's 25 shots in the second. Pither scored 32 seconds into the period and added another at 16:39.
Pither has 15 playoff points, one shy of the team lead, held by Bryan Cameron, who scored a power-play goal 11 seconds into the third. Kyle Clifford had two assists.
Mavric Parks stopped 34 shots for the Colts, who recovered from their first loss of the playoffs on Friday.
T.J. Battani had the lone goal for Mississauga, which will try to even the series at home on Monday. Anderson was credited with an assist on the goal.