BELLEVILLE, Ont. -- Austen Brassard scored two goals, including the winner at 18:05 of the third period, as the Belleville Bulls edged the visiting Barrie Colts 3-2 on Friday in Ontario Hockey League playoff action.
With the game tied 2-2, Brassard banged home a rebound on the power play to put Belleville ahead 1-0 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final.
Stephen Silas also scored for the Bulls, who improved to 6-0-0 on home ice in the post-season, while Alan Quine chipped in with two assists.
Zach Hall and Aaron Ekblad scored for the Colts and Mark Scheifele had two assists to move him into second in playoff scoring with 18 points in nine games.
Malcolm Subban made 26 saves for the win as Mathias Niederberger turned away 38-of-41 shots in defeat.
Hall, a Belleville native, was left alone at the side of the net and connected on a cross-ice feed to put Barrie ahead at 2:54 of the first period.
Silas and Ekblad exchanged goals early in the second period before Brassard tied the game again for Belleville after cutting to the net and sliding the pack past Niederberger.
Belleville went 1 for 5 on the power play while Barrie scored once on three chances with the man advantage.
Game 2 is scheduled for Saturday when the Bulls host the Colts at the Yardmen Arena.
London 2, Plymouth 1
LONDON, Ont. -- Anthony Stolarz stopped 32-of-33 shots as the London Knights edged the visiting Plymouth Whalers 2-1 on Friday in Ontario Hockey League playoff action.
The 19-year-old goaltender improved his post season record to 9-1-0 to go along with a 1.68 goals-against average and league-best .949 save percentage.
London leads the best-of-seven Western Conference final 1-0.
"In our other two series we also won the first game," said Stolarz. "Now we just have to build on this momentum."
Rookie winger Remi Elie scored the winning goal at 15:06 of the second period for the Knights while Ryan Rupert opened the scoring in the final minute of the first period.
Elie leads all first-year skaters in playoff scoring with four goals and seven points in 10 games.
Connor Carrick scored at 13:57 of the second for the Whalers and Alex Nedeljkovic made 29 saves in defeat.
London went 0 for 2 on the power play while Plymouth failed to score on six chances with the man advantage
Game 2 is scheduled for Sunday when the Knights host the Whalers at Budweiser Gardens.