The Mississauga St. Michael's Majors are a win away from reaching the second round of the Ontario Hockey League playoffs, but Devante Smith-Pelly isn't taking anything for granted.
Smith-Pelly scored twice as the Majors pushed the Peterborough Petes to the brink of elimination 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 added an empty netter with 40 seconds left in the third.
"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."
Elsewhere in OHL playoff action it was: Guelph 5 London 4; Kingston 4 Brampton 2; Plymouth 8 Sault Ste. Marie 1, Windsor 7 Erie 6; and Ottawa 5 Niagara 4 (OT).
At Mississauga, Ont., 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.
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.
Storm 5 Knights 4
At London, Ont., Taylor Beck scored on the power play with seven seconds left to play as Guelph cut the Knight's series lead to 2-1.
Peter Holland, with two goals and three assists, Michael Latta, with a goal and three assists, and Zack Mitchell also scored for the Storm, who will try to even the series Thursday on home ice.
Jared Knight had two goals while Micheal D'Orazio and Colin Martin each scored for the Knights. Nazem Kadri chipped in with three assists.
Frontenacs 4 Battalion 2
At Kingston, Ont., Michael Farrell scored a tiebreaking goal at 8:16 of the third period and Tyler Beskorowany made 28 saves as the Frontenacs doubled up Brampton.
Nathan Moon, Ethan Werek and Michael Fine also scored for the Frontenacs, who cut their series deficit in the best-of-seven series to 2-1.
Barclay Goodrow and Matt Clark had goals for Brampton.
The series picks up Thursday in Brampton.
Whalers 8 Greyhounds 1
At Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Ryan Hayes had two goals and an assist, Phil McRae had a goal and three assists and Plymouth pounded the Greyhounds.
Jay Gilbert, Leo Jenner, Tyler Seguin, Tyler Brown and Garrett Meurs also scored for Plymouth, which took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven first round series. AJ Jenks added two assists.
Tomas Rachunek had the only goal for Sault Ste. Marie, which hosts Game 4 on Wednesday.
Spitfires 7 Otters 6
At Windsor, Ont., Stephen Johnson with less than three minutes left to play, lifting the Spitfires over Erie
Taylor Hall, with two goals, Justin Shugg, Mark Cundari, Kenny Ryan and Zack Kassian also scored for Windsor, which took a 3-0 lead in the series.
Mike Cazzola, with two, Gregg McKegg, Derek Holden, Brett Cook and Shawn Szydlowski replied for the Otters, who host Game 4 on Thursday.
67's 5 IceDogs 4 (OT)
At St. Catharines, Ont., Ryan Martindale scored 5:04 into overtime and Chris Perugini made 38 saves as Ottawa beat Niagara and took a commanding 3-0 series lead.
Marc Zanetti, Dalton Smith, Tyler Toffoli and Anthony Nigro also scored for the 67's.
Mark Visentin made 44 saves for Niagara. Alex Friesen had a goal and two assists while Andrew Fritsch, Freddie Hamilton and Andrew Agozzino also scored for the IceDogs.
Game 4 is in St. Catharines on Thursday.