MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Devante Smith-Pelly scored twice as the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors pushed the Peterborough Petes to the brink of elimination from the Ontario Hockey League playoffs with a 5-3 victory Tuesday.
The Majors hold a commanding 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final playoff series. Game 4 is Thursday in Peterborough.
Smith-Pelly put Mississauga out in front 3-1 early in the second period and his second goal of the night came with 40 seconds remaining in regulation when he hoisted a high shot from centre ice into an empty Peterborough net.
"We haven't won anything yet," said Smith-Pelly, who has three playoff goals this season. "I think (the Petes) surprised us a little when they scored their third goal to make it 4-3 but we controlled our emotions.
"Our style is that we're a good defensive team and we did a good job of shutting them down."
The Majors appeared to be in total control as they held a 4-2 lead to start the third period. But the Petes got a power-play goal from Christopher Breen on a low slapshot from the blue-line 45 seconds into the final frame to close Mississauga's lead to 4-3.
The Majors, who allowed the fewest goals in the OHL during the regular season, tightened up a little bit on defence after that and clinched it with Smith-Pelly's empty-netter.
"Their 20 guys outworked our 20 guys," Peterborough coach Ken McRae said of the Majors. "They are the hardest working team in the league. They just do a great job of standing up in the neutral zone.
"Yeah, we battled back and made a game of it but you have to do that for 60 minutes against them."
Jordan Mayer, Rob Flick and Casey Cizikas had the other goals for the Majors.
In Austin Watson and Joey West had the other goals for the Petes.
Peterborough netminder Jason Missiaen, who was pulled in favour of a sixth attacker with 90 seconds remaining in the third period, stopped 32 of 36 shots.
Mississauga goaltender Chris Carrozzi made 29 saves.