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OHL: Mrazek solid as 67's beat IceDogs to even series

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The Canadian Press
4/22/2012 10:43:39 PM
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ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - The 67's opened a 4-0 first-period lead and Petr Mrazek made 44 saves Sunday as Ottawa defeated the Niagara IceDogs 7-4 in Game 2 of the Ontario Hockey League's Eastern Conference final.

With the win, the 67's tied the series 1-1 with Game 3 set for Monday night in Ottawa.

Shane Prince and Sean Monahan both had a goal and two assists for the 67's. Mike Cazzola, Cody Ceci, Dalton Smith and Jake Cardwell each had a goal and an assist Ottawa, while Nicolas Foglia also scored.

Alex Friesen, with a goal and an assist, Brett Ritchie, Dougie Hamilton and David Pacan replied for Niagara, which cut the Ottawa lead to 4-3 just over four minutes into the second period.

But the 67's responded exactly a minute later, then forced Mark Visentin from the IceDogs net at the 11:38 mark of the second period after the Phoenix Coyotes' first-round draft pick allowed his sixth goal on just 19 shots.

Chris Festarini turned aside 15 shots in relief of Visentin.

Ottawa went 3-for-5 on the power play with one short-handed goal, while Niagara was 2-for-6.

The 67's were playing without captain Marc Zanetti, who served the first game of an indefinite suspension for a kicking incident in Game 1.

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KITCHENER, Ont. -- The London Knights scored four straight goals in the third period to come back from two goals down and beat the host Kitchener Rangers 6-4 on Sunday in Ontario Hockey League playoff action.

London now leads the Western Conference Final 2-0.

Josh Anderson, Seth Griffith, Scott Harrington and Austin Watson each scored in the third for the Knights while Olli Maatta scored in the first period.

Watson also scored in the second period for London to give him his second two-goal game of the post season.

Tobias Rieder scored twice for the Rangers, both coming shorthanded only 39 seconds apart, and Ryan Murphy had a goal and two assists.

Michael Catenacci chipped in with a goal and an assist for Kitchener.

Michael Houser made 37 saves for the victory while John Gibson stopped 31 of 36 shots in defeat.

London failed to score on either of its power-play opportunities as Kitchener went 1 for 7 with the man advantage.

Game 3 is scheduled for Tuesday at the John Labatt Centre in London.

Ottawa 67s (Photo: OHL)

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