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Sudbury clinches playoff spot despite 5-4 overtime loss to Majors @NHL

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - William Wallen scored three minutes into overtime to give the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors a 5-4 win Sunday afternoon over the Sudbury Wolves, who despite the loss, still managed to clinch the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference of the Ontario Hockey League.

"I had a couple of chances just before I scored," said the 17-year-old Wallen. "The puck came back to me and I just took a couple of strides, shot and it went in."

The Majors were down 4-3 heading into the third period but tied the game early on Devante Smith-Pelly's second goal of the game. That sent the game to overtime and set the stage for Wallen's winner.

Jared Gomes and Jordan Mayer scored the other goals for the Majors (39-26-1-2). Gomes also added a pair of assists.

The Wolves picked up a point for the overtime loss. Coupled with Oshawa's shootout loss against the Brampton Battalion, one point was all Sudbury needed to grab the eighth and last playoff spot in the conference.

Marcus Foligno, Matt Dias, Eric O'Dell and Peter Hermenegildo scored for the Wolves (26-35-3-4), who will meet the Belleville Bulls, the Eastern Conference champions, in the first round of the playoffs.

Andrew Loverock made 27 saves on the afternoon. The Wolves fired 43 shots at rookie JP Anderson in the Mississauga net.

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