Toronto Star

Majors empowered by Piva

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Matt Piva scored the first hat trick of his career and goaltender Chris Carrozzi posted his second shutout in as many days as the Mississaug­a St. Michael’s Majors beat the Sudbury Wolves 6-0 yesterday.

“This is a lot more fun than losing 6-1,” said Piva. “We’re going to play as hard as we can and see how far this takes us. It’s been a tough year but hopefully, I’m going to turn this around now.”

Jesse Messier and Casey Cizikas, fresh from helping Team Ontario win gold at the Under-17 Junior Challenge, had the other goals for the Majors (20-18-1-0).

Brett Parnham’s hat trick led the Oshawa Generals to a 6-2 win over the Peterborou­gh Petes.

The Generals were playing without John Tavares, who was back from winning gold at the world junior hockey championsh­ips, but didn’t dress. Parnham, the top centre in his absence, also had two assists in the game, as the Generals improved their record to 25-10-1-3.

Parker Van Buskirk made 33 saves to pick up the shutout as the Belleville Bulls blanked the Brampton Battalion 2-0. Nigel Williams and Tyler Randell scored for Belleville. Bryan Pitton made 27 saves for the Battalion. The Bulls have five straight victories and are the league’s best defensive team with only 99 goals allowed. The Canadian Press

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