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Steelheads Preview: October 3

October 3, 2014

October 3, 2014 – Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Mississauga Steelheads

MISSISSAUGA, ON — The Mississauga Steelheads achieved the result they desired in their home (and season) opener last Friday. They outlasted the mounting third period comeback of the Oshawa Generals and pulled out the win in overtime, remaining true to form for a Mississauga-Oshawa matchup. Mississauga’s newest member, Brandon Devlin opened the scoring in the first period, and would add the overtime winner to jump-start the Steelheads’ season. Four Steelheads had multi-point games in their home opener. Devlin had two goals and added an assist. Sean Day had two goals of his own, Everett Clark had a goal and an assist, and Bobby MacIntyre had a pair of helpers. As they move on from the home opener, the Steelheads look to keep the up the point production and continue padding the ‘W’ column.

Mississauga now turns their attention to home games this weekend versus Niagara and Sarnia. Niagara was defeated by the Sudbury Wolves in their season-opener by a score of 3-1, and lost to the Soo Greyhounds the next night on a goal in the final minute. Despite outshooting their opponents by a combined total of 29 shots, and opening the scoring in each game, the IceDogs gave up three leads and had a very unsuccessful weekend to begin their 2014-2015 campaign. Sarnia’s luck was much the same, as they lost both of their games on opening weekend. They were trounced by the Soo Greyhounds by a score of 7-3 on Friday, despite outshooting them 40-28, and lost in overtime to the Saginaw Spirit on Saturday. Both opponents look to improve on winless starts, but the Steelheads want nothing more than to ensure that doesn’t happen.

Last season, Mississauga visited Niagara in the IceDogs’ home opener and came back from a two-goal deficit to tie the score at the end of regulation, eventually winning the game in overtime. It would seem that Mississauga has a knack for the dramatics when it comes to opening their seasons. The season series between the two clubs was tight, as four of the eight meetings turned out to be three point games, one decided in overtime, the other three in a shootout. The Steelheads had the edge last season with a record of 5-1-0-2 against the IceDogs, where the IceDogs record read 3-3-1-1 vs. the Steelheads.

With only a home-and-home, it was a shorter season series last year against the Sarnia Sting, but Mississauga again came out on top. They won both matchups with the Sting in 2013-2014, outscoring them 11-6. The Steelheads were also victorious in both games played in the 2012-2013 season, and will look to stay undefeated against Sarnia on Sunday afternoon.


Sam Babintsev had a natural hat trick on March 13, 2014 against the IceDogs. That stands as two Steelheads individual game records, for most goals in a game and fastest three goals by one player. He added a goal and an assist in the other contests versus Niagara last season.

Bryson Cianfrone scored 3 goals and added an assist against Niagara last season. Most notably, he scored two goals in the first meeting between Mississauga and Niagara, which was also his first OHL game. Cianfrone recorded 2 goals and 2 assists against the Sarnia Sting last season, including the game winner in a lopsided 7-3 victory on February 1, 2014.

Josh Burnside had 3 goals, and 4 assists against the IceDogs last season. Three assists came in the opening game of the 2013-2014 season, tying a team record for most assists in a game. Burnside has accomplished that feat twice, the other occasion was a home game vs. Belleville on Oct 27, 2013.

Sean Day and Michael McLeod will both play for Team Canada Red at the upcoming 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. While it will be McLeod’s debut, it is Day’s second trip to the tournament, playing alongside Sarnia’s Jacob Chychrun last year. This season the two will face off as Chychrun plays for Team Canada White, where he will be joined by Steelheads prospect Nicolas Hague. Niagara’s Christopher Paquette will suit up for Team Canada Black in the tournament as well.

Ryan Mantha, nephew of Moe Mantha, is in his first season with the IceDogs. He was recently drafted by the New York Rangers in the 4th round, #104 overall of the 2014 NHL entry draft. Moe Mantha played 12 seasons in the NHL with the Winnipeg Jets, Pittsburgh Penguins, Edmonton Oilers, Minnesota North Stars, and the Philadelphia Flyers.

Niagara ‘s Carter Verhaeghe is a Toronto Maple Leafs prospect and appeared in two games with the Toronto Marlies last season.

Sarnia ‘s Pavel Zacha played in the Czech professional league last year for Liberec Bili Tygri HC. One of his teammates was long-time former NHLer, Petr Nedved.


Great seats are still available for both of this weekend’s matchups. Tickets can be purchased as part of a full-season package, a flex pack, or as part of a group! You can also beat the lines at the box office this season by purchasing your tickets online, and printing at home by logging on to Ticketmaster!

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