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Steelheads Preview: October 30

October 31, 2014
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October 30, 2014 – Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Mississauga Steelheads

MISSISSAUGA, ON — When a team plays three games in as many days, a typical expectation might be that fatigue would set in and players would lose steam by game three. The Mississauga Steelheads were anything but typical last weekend, as they followed up a Friday night shutout loss to Plymouth by heading to overtime in Windsor on Saturday, and capping the weekend off with a home victory against Saginaw on Sunday. The Trout picked up their play as the weekend went on, and managed three points of a possible six. Sunday’s home game against Saginaw was undoubtedly the team’s best of the weekend, as they controlled most of the play, shut down the opposing power play, and tallied their highest shot total of the season. The Steelheads find themselves firmly rooted in third place in the Central Division, now only four points behind North Bay and Barrie (with one and three games in hand respectively).

The Steelheads top line has shown great chemistry over the last two weeks. Coming together at the start of their recent road trip, wingers Sam Babintsev and Lucas Venuto led by Captain Bryson Cianfrone, have enjoyed the successes of playing together. Over the last five games, this trio has accounted for eight of the team’s 14 goals, 11 assists and a collective plus-6. Cianfrone has been a key playmaker and has recorded points on six of the team’s last eight goals. Venuto joined Babintsev and Cianfrone on the Steelheads’ first line on October 17, as Josh Burnside was called upon to play defence. Burnside, drafted as a defenceman, was happy to fill the role and display his versatility. The first linemen are not the only ones who have enjoyed recent success. After nine games, Mikey McLeod celebrated his first OHL goal in the Trout’s home game on Sunday. Although some are concerned with the length of time it took him to find the scoresheet, McLeod had another perspective, “to get the first one out of the way in front of my friends and family is unbelievable,” he said in a post-game interview. Steelheads teammates and fans alike know that it will be the first of many. Unfortunately for Steelheads fans, they’ll have to wait for his second goal in the blue and white, as both he and teammate Sean Day will trade their Steelheads uniforms for Team Canada uniforms this weekend. Both McLeod and Day, along with Steelheads prospect Nic Hague, will head to the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Day and McLeod will skate together for Team Canada Red while Hague will represent Team Canada White.

Another busy weekend lies ahead of the Steelheads, as they play three games in four days, although there will be less travel involved. The Trout (5-4-1-0) head to Peterborough to take on the Petes (2-6-1-2) on Thursday evening, before returning home to host two division rivals at the Hershey Centre. The North Bay Battalion (6-2-3-0) pay their first visit to the pond this season on Friday, for the Hershey’s Halloween Game, then it’s the Niagara IceDogs (2-10-0-0) for a Sunday matinee!

NOTABLES

Mississauga ‘s penalty kill perfect at home. The 100% rating (25-for-25) is currently the best in the league. Their overall penalty kill of 86.3% (44-for-51) is good for second in the league.

Steelheads Brandon Devlin and Cody Thompson are both former Peterborough Petes.

Peterborough ‘s Josh MacDonald played alongside Brandon Devlin on the 2011/12 Barrie Colts. Devlin also played with Niagara’s Jordan Maletta on the 2011/12 and 2012/13 Windsor Spitfires.

Austin Gerhart played alongside Peterborough’s Matt McCartney on the 2012/13 Lindsay Muskies of the OJHL.

Stefan LeBlanc, Jesse Barwell, and Peterborough’s Matt Spencer were all members of the 2012/13 Oakville Blades of the OJHL.

North Bay ‘s Nick Paul, Mark Shoemaker and David Sherman are all from Mississauga, Ontario.

Sam Babintsev recorded a hat trick against the IceDogs last season, tying a career high for most points in a game.

Peterborough ‘s Jonathan Ang (White), Matthew Tims (Red) and Dylan Wells (Red) will not take part in Thursday’s game as they will be competing in the 2014 World Under-17 Challenge

North Bay’s Zach Poirier and Niagara’s Christopher Paquette will also take part in the 2014 World Under-17 Challenge, suiting up for Team Canada Black

TICKETS

Tickets for the Steelheads home games this weekend are still available! 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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Article source: http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=4889193

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