ERIE, Pa. - Rookie centre Casey Cizikas had two goals and an assist, including the game-winner, leading the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors to a 4-2 win over the Erie Otters in Ontario Hockey League action Saturday.
Cizikas, the No. 3 pick in the 2007 OHL draft, beat rookie goaltender Jaroslav Janus on a power play early in the third period to snap a 2-2 tie and send the Otters (3-9-0-0) to their sixth straight loss and second consecutive home defeat.
The Otters fell behind early when Cizikas opened the scoring for Mississauga (5-4-1-0), a power-play goal on the game's first shot 2:40 into the opening period.
Erie left-wing Luke Gazdic tied the score at 1-1 with a power-play goal, his first goal of the season. Robyn Sertic drew an assist, giving him a career-high four-game point streak.
The Majors scored again with the man advantage to take a 2-1 lead with 9:57 left in the second period. Left-wing Kris Sparre scored for the Majors, giving him seven goals and 10 points in six games since being acquired from Barrie.
But rookie winger Ryan O'Reilly capitalized on a giveaway in front of the Majors' net to tie the score 2-2 with 1:45 left in the second period.
O'Reilly nearly tied the game with 8:50 left in the third, but his wrist shot glanced off the crossbar. The Otters also failed on two power-play chances late in the game before Jessie Messier's empty-net goal sealed the Majors' win.
The Otters finished 1-for-5 with the man advantage, spoiling Janus' strong effort in goal. He finished with 29 saves.
The Majors' Chris Carrozzi also made 29 saves.