By John Langdon
The Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors took a commanding 3-0 series lead in the OHL Eastern Conference Semifinal with a 6-3 win over the Sudbury Wolves Tuesday night at the Hershey Centre.
Jordan Mayer led the Majors with 2 goals and 1 assist while earning the game’s first-star selection.
Corey Bureau, Maxim Kitsyn, and Rob Flick each recorded 1 goal and 1 assist, while Justin Shugg also scored for Mississauga.
Joshua Leivo led the Wolves offensively with 1 goal and 1 assist, while Eric O’Dell and Frank Schumacher contributed the additional goals for Sudbury.
O’Dell leads both teams with 4 goals in the series and has pushed himself into second place in league scoring with 6 goals this post-season.
The services of Alain Valiquette were relied upon once again Tuesday night as the Wolves netminder faced 44 shots while turning aside 39. Valiquette has seen plenty of rubber this series while facing 104 shots over the past two games.
JP Anderson continued his solid play between the pipes for Mississauga by recording his seventh consecutive win this post-season while maintaining a remarkable 1.57 goals against average and a .929 save percentage in the playoffs.
The 2011 Memorial Cup hosts have now won 17 consecutive games which includes a 10 game win streak during the final stretch of the regular season, dating back to February 27.
While the Majors will look to execute their second straight series sweep these playoffs, the Wolves will be fighting for survival when the teams meet in Game #4 on Wednesday night at Sudbury Community Arena. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.