MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Steve Reese and Nick Trecapelli each scored as the Sudbury Wolves shaded the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors 2-1 Sunday afternoon, keeping alive Sudbury's hopes of earning a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference of the Ontario Hockey League.
Reese scored his 17th goal of the season half way through the first period and Trecapelli put the Wolves (25-34-6) up 2-0 early in the second.
Casey Cizikas scored the only goal for the Majors (40-19-6). His 25th goal of the season came midway through the second period on one of six power-play opportunities Mississauga had in the game.
Mississauga goaltender JP Anderson made 18 saves.
Andrew Loverock turned in a solid netminding effort for Sudbury, stopping 29 shots.
"We just tried to work hard, we kept things simple and we capitalized on the few chances we got," said Loverock. "This win really does a lot for our playoff hopes."
"We know what our situation is and this was a big win for us," said Sudbury coach Mike Foligno. "We made a lot of good decisions on the ice tonight. Our forecheck was really good, we did a good job killing penalties and we made them (Majors) move around a lot."
Sudbury now has a three-point edge over the Oshawa Generals in the battle for the eighth and final playoff berth in the conference pending the outcome of Sunday's game between the Generals and the Peterborough Petes in Oshawa.