It's a noise that Mississauga St. Michael's Majors captain Cameron Gaunce says will keep him up at night for a while.
With the Majors facing playoff elimination against the CHL's top-ranked Barrie Colts on Wednesday night, Gaunce and his Majors were trailing 3-2 in the third period of Game 5. Barrie's Kyle Clifford was in the penalty box for hooking early in the period, giving the Majors a chance to tie the game with the man advantage.
"It was still early in the period so we didn't want to panic," said the defenceman.
The puck came back to Gaunce on the point and he fired a shot on net that rang loudly off the post.
"If my shot would have gone in there, it would have been a whole different game," said the second-round pick of the Colorado Avalanche in 2008.
After Gaunce's shot met metal, the Majors had another shot blocked by a Barrie defender before Colts forward Luke Pither scored an insurance marker. And while there was still lots of time left in the game to even the score, Gaunce can't help but wonder what might have been, had his puck moved an inch into the net.
"There are lots of things that will keep me up at night, and that's just one of them," he said.
The Colts went on to win the game 4-2 and advanced to the OHL final after beating the Majors in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final 4-1. Barrie will face the winner of the Western Conference between the Kitchener Rangers and Windsor Spitfires. The Rangers have a 3-1 series lead with Game 5 on Thursday night in Windsor.
Sunaya Sapurji is the Jr. Hockey Editor at Yahoo! Sports Canada.
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