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Steelheads Shelled by Fronts

March 5, 2015
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March 4, 2015 – Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Mississauga Steelheads

MISSISSAUGA, ON — After dropping eight consecutive games before picking up a come-from-behind victory against the Sudbury Wolves on Sunday afternoon, the Mississauga Steelheads looked to build a winning streak with the playoff race heating up. Entering Wednesday night trailing Peterborough by 5 points for the final Eastern Conference playoff position, Mississauga was looking for a big effort in their seventh-last game of the season. At the other end of the ice, the Kingston Frontenacs, just two points ahead of the final spot in the conference, and one point behind the sixth-place Belleville Bulls. With both teams looking for an important victory, the coaches turned to their top goaltenders, Jacob Brennan and Lucas Peressini.

Kingston would be the side to start the game flying, as the hometown team piled on the pressure early in the game. Brennan was tested early and often in a nearly two-minute long Frontenacs attack on the Steelheads goal, however Brennan stood tall with save after save through the first half of the period. Despite trailing in shots, Mississauga still pressured Kingston with offense of their own, with Jason Smith coming very close on a play in tight. With 7:27 to go in the period, Kingston would head to the first power play of the game, and would go to work quickly. While Brennan made a number of great saves, including a highlight reel glove save, the pressure would eventually be too much and Sam Bennett would find the back of the net with 6:56 to play in the first. Damian Bourne and Cody Caron looked to provide their teams with an extra spark following the goal, with Bourne earning a unanimous decision as the two dropped the gloves; the tilt would spell the end of the game for both players, however. Kingston would add to their lead shortly after the fight, with Bennett picking up his second goal of the game after being sprung by former Steelheads Jacob Graves. Mississauga found themselves with a couple of power play opportunities to end the period, however the Steelheads could not find the back of the net before the buzzer.

Looking to take advantage of the dissected power play, Josh Burnside found himself in close with a chance early in the period, however Peressini was up to the challenge. Despite Bennett taking his second straight penalty shortly after the expiration of the first power play, Kingston would be the next team to find the back of the net as Jared Steege netted the Frontenacs’ third goal at 5:34 of the period. Less than two minutes later, Steege would net his second of the period to open up a four-goal Kingston lead. Kingston’s goal on its 34th shot would spell the end of Brennan’s night between the pipes, despite a 30-save performance in just under 27 minutes of action. Cameron Zanussi entered the game, and was tested immediately as Kingston headed to the power play. A strong penalty kill would give the Steelheads a slight momentum boost, and Michael McLeod was the beneficiary as he led the offense to a couple of scoring chances late in the frame, although the period would end with Kingston holding a 4-0 lead.

With their season all but on the line, Mississauga entered the third period seeking another comeback, and found the back of the net early. With Austin Gerhart busting through the slot, Marcus Dickerson found him with a centring pass before Gerhart beat Peressini just under the blocker to put the Trout on the board. Looking to build on the goal, the line of Bastian-Clark-MacIntyre pressed on the very next shift looking for another goal. Despite great pressure, including a near breakaway goal for MacIntyre, the Trout could not beat the clock, falling 4-1 on the road.

Jacob Brennan made 30 saves in 26:55 of action and was credited with the loss, while Cameron Zanussi made 18 saves in 33:04 of relief for the Trout. The Steelheads return to action at the Hershey Centre this Sunday afternoon as Hershey presents an afternoon matinee with the Ottawa 67’s at 2:00 PM. Great seats are still available as part of the MARCH MADNESS package, available on at Ticketmaster!

THE MISSISSAUGA NEWS THREE STARS

1 – Jared Steege (KGN)

2 – Sam Bennett (KGN)

3 – Chad Duchesne (KGN)

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Ontario Hockey League Stories from March 4, 2015

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  • Otters’ Offense Buries Colts – Erie Otters
  • Battalion Boasts Trio Ready to Return – North Bay Battalion
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  • Thunderbirds’ Katchouk Named Gongshow Gear Player of the Month – Soo Greyhounds
  • OHL Announces Top Performers of the Month for February – OHL
  • Brown Named OHL Rookie of the Month – Windsor Spitfires
  • Hatcher Legwand Assume Ownership of the Sting – Sarnia Sting
  • Kingston Frontenacs Announce Changes to Front Office Staff – Kingston Frontenacs
  • Wolves Drop 7-1 Decision to IceDogs – Sudbury Wolves
  • RedBlacks Sign Two, Release One – Ottawa 67’s

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Article source: http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=4934075

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