Although the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors and Oshawa Generals both won two games last week thanks to some strong goaltending, they did not improve in the Ontario Hockey League’s standings.
The Majors (6-3) remain in second place in the Central Division, getting wins over the Peterborough Petes and the Brampton Battalion. Their one loss came at the hands of the London Knights Sunday afternoon.
Mississauga blanked the Petes 2-0 Friday night. Chris Carrozzi turned away 19 shots in the win, helping solidify a league best 1.86 goals-against-average.
“The defence did a very good job of letting me see a lot of the shots,” Carrozzi said to the Mississauga News. “It’s different when a team dominates like we did and you don’t get a lot of shots.
“You have to adapt your focus and keep your head in the game.”
Jordan Mayer’s game winning goal was short-handed, his sixth marker of the season.
The match against neighbouring Brampton was a chippy affair, with fights breaking out between the rivals in the second and third periods.
Oshawa (4-3-2) fought above .500 with wins over the Erie Otters and the Kingston Frontenacs, but still rest in the East Division’s third slot.
A weak 6-5 loss to the Barrie Colts was particularly disappointing as the Generals gave up five unanswered goals after staking themselves to a 5-1 lead.
Although that loss was undoubtedly a bitter one for Oshawa, their two victories were decisive.
Michael Zador shut out Erie, giving Oshawa a big 3-0 win Friday night, a nice rebound after the collapse against Barrie.
The Torontonian made 37 saves in the perfect game, a nice turnaround after he had been benched by General Manager/Coach Chris DePiero for four games.
“I thought Michael was especially good early and the saves he made in the first period really set the tone,” DePiero said to the team’s official website. “He gave his teammates a lot of confidence with those saves early and it really made a big difference.”
The Generals showed some offensive flair against the Kingston Frontenacs Monday afternoon, winning 7-2 in their second straight win.
Captain Jeff Hayes continues to roll, scoring his seventh goal of the season and adding an assist.
Oshawa is travelling to Belleville’s Yardmen Arena for a Wednesday night tilt with the Bulls. Puck drops at 7:05 ET.
The Majors will host the Niagara IceDogs Friday night at 7:30 in the Hershey Centre.