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Steelheads Preview: March 13

March 13, 2014

March 12, 2014 – Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Mississauga Steelheads

MISSISSAUGA, ON — It’s a Central Division rivalry that dates back to the 1998-1999 OHL season, when the Mississauga IceDogs called the Hershey Centre home as they struggled to a four-win season. The Toronto St. Michael’s Majors were slightly better, still only finishing fourth of the five teams in the division; both teams missed the OHL Playoffs that season.

Fast forward to the 2007-2008 campaign, the first year of this rivalry’s second incarnation and radically different looking league. The newly-relocated Niagara IceDogs finished second in the Central Division, eighteen points ahead of the also newly-relocated Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors, who finished third in the division. The teams were seeded fourth and fifth heading into the first round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs, where Niagara would sweep Mississauga in a lopsided series. The teams would not meet in another playoff series until the 2010-2011 season, when they faced off for the right to represent the Eastern Conference in the Ontario Hockey League finals. Outscoring Niagara 19-9 over five games, Mississauga rolled into the Finals with a 4-1 series victory over their rivals.


While Thursday and Friday night are not a playoff matchup, the stakes are just as high as the Mississauga Steelheads (23-37-1-4, 9th in Eastern Conference) and Niagara IceDogs (22-35-3-5, 7th in Eastern Conference) faceoff in a home-and-home series with heavy playoff implications. Following a Niagara defeat on Tuesday night, the Steelheads trail the IceDogs by a single point with two of their final three games coming against their old rivals. Niagara will host the Steelheads on Thursday night at 7:00 PM before heading back to Mississauga for a 7:30 puck drop on Friday evening! The Trout lead the season series four games to two heading into the final two games, however there is much more on the line than regular-season bragging rights with both teams vying to knock each other out of the Eastern Conference Playoff Race. Niagara will wrap up their season on Sunday with a visit from the Peterborough Petes, while Mississauga will welcome the Kingston Frontenacs to the Hershey Centre.

Not to be forgotten, however, are the Ottawa 67’s (23-37-2-3, 8th in Eastern Conference) and Belleville Bulls (21-38-3-3, 10th in Eastern Conference) who sit at 51 and 48 points respectively, also with three games left on their regular season schedules. Following a loss on Tuesday evening, Ottawa hosts Barrie (5th in Eastern Conference) before ending their season with visits to Kingston (3rd in Eastern Conference) and North Bay (2nd in Eastern Conference). Belleville faces an equally tough schedule, hosting Peterborough (6th in Eastern Conference) and Sudbury (4th in Eastern Conference), while visiting Oshawa (1st in Eastern Conference).


September 19, 2013 – Don’t Doubt The Trout; Mississauga Wins 6-5 in Overtime

Niagara jumped out to an early lead in their home opener, with two quick goals in 1:34, however Mississauga answered back before the five minute mark with Bryson Cianfrone’s first-career OHL goal. The teams would trade goals before the intermission, before going into defensive mode for the majority of the second period. Niagara would break a scoreless second period with a late goal to make it 4-2 heading into the third. After Mississauga pulled within one just 30 seconds into the period, Niagara would regain their two-goal cushion at the 7 minute mark of the period; cue the comeback. Cianfrone scored his second goal of the game with under 5 minutes to play, and Mississauga would tie it up with 15 seconds left on the clock to send the game to overtime. In the final period, it was all Steelheads as they picked up the win on a game-winning goal by Jacob Graves, the first of his OHL career, with an assist to Sean Day, also the first of his OHL career.


December 6, 2013 – Dogs Top Steelheads in Shootout; Niagara Wins 4-3 in Shootout

In what looked like a reverse of the previous game, it was the Steelheads who took the first period lead with a pair of goals as Bobby MacIntyre buried two in under 4 and a half minutes to give the Trout a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission. Niagara would storm back from that point forward, scoring two of their own in the second period to send the game into the final frame tied at 2. The IceDogs would take their first lead just under 6 minutes into the third however Josh Burnside answered back with a shorthanded marker 4 minutes later to tie the game. A second straight overtime wouldn’t solve anything, sending the teams to a shootout. Despite taking a lead through round one, Niagara would answer in the second round, and win it in round five to square up the season series.


January 23, 2014 – Dogs Sink Their Teeth Into Steelheads; Niagara Wins 4-1

Niagara scored three times in a 6 minute period in the first period to establish a commanding 3-0 lead through the opening frame. The IceDogs kept the pressure on in the second period, adding to their lead at 6:31 of the period, however Mississauga found themselves with a great chance to score when Austin Gerhart was awarded a penalty shot with 4 and a half minutes to play in the second. Despite being unable to convert, Damian Bourne would get the Steelheads on the board with 15 seconds to go in the second. Unfortunately, that was as close as the Trout would get as they dropped a 4-1 decision to Niagara.


January 31, 2014 – Steelheads Swim Past Dogs in Standings; Mississauga Wins 2-1

A quick start for the Steelheads saw Captain Brett Foy bury a power play marker just 3 minutes into the game, as the Steelheads and IceDogs played in a game with implications similar to this week’s. With both teams tied in a battle for the final Eastern playoff berths, the Steelheads early advantage was short-lived as Niagara answered back less than five minutes later. Despite the two quick goals, a seemingly-offensive game wouldn’t see another marker until Sam Babintsev broke the tie at 5:09 of the second period. Spencer Martin would then take over, finishing the game with 38 saves as the Steelheads jumped past the IceDogs in the Eastern Conference standings.


February 23, 2014 – Steelheads Take the Bite out of the IceDogs; Mississauga Wins 2-0

Heading into the fifth game of the season series between Mississauga and Niagara, it was a near equal split between the teams. Mississauga had beaten Niagara in overtime at the Jack, Niagara took down Mississauga in a shootout at Hershey; Niagara would defend home ice in regulation, Mississauga would do the same a week later. With lots of offense through the first four games, game five was different early on as Brent Moran and Spencer Martin posted first-period shutouts despite facing 12 and 11 shots respectively. The deadlock was finally broken by Sean Day’s 4th goal of the season just after the midway mark of the second period. Josh Burnside added an insurance marker 5 minutes into the third period, as Martin cruised to a 31-save shutout at the Hershey Centre.


February 27, 2014 – Steelheads Ice Dogs; Mississauga Wins 3-1

Fresh off of a shutout victory in Niagara just four days prior, the Steelheads looked to continue their strong defensive play in their sixth game of the season against the IceDogs. Jared Walsh gave the visiting Trout an early lead with a power play marker at 4:09 of the first period. Spencer Martin would stop the next 20 shots over 2 periods, before Niagara could finally answer back, snapping his streak of nearly 160 minutes of shutout hockey. The tie would stand for less than five minutes as Bryson Cianfrone scored a go-ahead marker at 5:24 of the third, and the top line’s hot play continued 38 seconds later as Josh Burnside sealed the game for the Steelheads.  




23-37-1-4, 51 Points (9th in East)
22-35-3-5, 52 Points (7th in East)









16.6% (19th)
25.9% (5th)

81.3% (8th)
74.6% (18th)

919, 14.1/game (14th)
992, 15.3/game (8th)


Bryson Cianfrone (17G, 27A)

Josh Burnside (12G, 27A)

Andrew Goldberg (16G, 16A)
Carter Verhaege (28G, 53A)

Brendan Perlini (33G, 37A)

Anthony DiFruscia (25G, 26A)

Spencer Martin (23-32-1-3, 3 SO)

Dawson Carty (0-2-0-1)

Chase Marchand (0-3-0-0)
Brent Moran (13-19-2-1)

Blake Richard (3-5-0-2)

Joe D’Ilario (1-1-0-0)



#10 Andrew Goldberg needs 2 points to hit 50 in his OHL Career

#17 Everett Clark is 2 games away from 50 Career OHL Regular Season Games Played

#19 Bryson Cianfrone needs 6 points to hit 50 in his OHL Career



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Ontario Hockey League Stories from March 12, 2014

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  • Statement from the Commissioner of the OHL with Regards to Updated Saginaw Spirit Schedule – OHL
  • Hound Power “Downtowner” Contest Launched for Second Straight Year – Soo Greyhounds
  • OHL Announces Postponed Game Between Plymouth Whalers and Owen Sound Attack – Plymouth Whalers
  • OHL Announces Postponed Game Between Plymouth Whalers and Owen Sound Attack – OHL
  • Attack Game Postponed – Owen Sound Attack
  • Meet the Petes at Boston Pizza on Thursday Night – Peterborough Petes
  • Steelheads Preview: March 13 – 14 – Mississauga Steelheads
  • OHL Announces Postponed Game Between Sault Ste. Marie and Saginaw Spirit – Soo Greyhounds
  • Greyhounds’ Brandon Halverson Named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week – Soo Greyhounds
  • IceDogs Close out Regular Season OHL History at the Jack with Pair of Games – Niagara IceDogs
  • Bradford’s season over with fractured femur – Ottawa 67’s
  • Attack Host Whalers – Owen Sound Attack
  • IceDogs Fall 6-3 in Peterborough – Niagara IceDogs

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