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Steelheads Streak Iced

February 14, 2015
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February 12, 2015 – Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Mississauga Steelheads

MISSISSAUGA, ON – After kicking off their road trip with back-to-back victories last weekend, the Mississauga Steelheads made the trip to St. Catharines looking to gain some ground on the Niagara IceDogs. Sitting five points between their division rivals, and just two points out of the 6th place position in the Eastern Conference, the Trout looked to Jacob Brennan for a big effort in the midst of the playoff push.

Mississauga found the start they were looking for despite pressure from the IceDogs. An early blitz by the home side would test Brennan, however he was more than up to the task, turning the IceDogs away on their first five shots of the game. Mississauga would turn the puck back up ice looking to generate some offense of their own, and they did just that on their first shot of the game as a Brandon Devlin shot from the point found its way behind Brandon Hope. Cody Thompson and Josh Burnside picked up the assists on the opening marker, just 3:18 into the game. The offensively-charged first period would continue, as the teams went end-to-end exchanging scoring opportunities, however it was Brennan and Hope who stole show for their respective teams. The game took a turn towards a more physical contest just after the midway point of the period, with Sean Day leaving the biggest mark with a hit that would generate a great scoring chance in front. Michael McLeod also found himself coming close on a couple of opportunities, but again it was goaltending that would stand out. Niagara would finally solve Brennan late in the period, as Niagara’s sustained pressure following a power play would give Billy Jenkins a third chance goal, sending the teams to the break tied.

“Just got to stick to our gameplan, we’re playing well, just got to keep burying them down low and get shots on net” – Michael McLeod

Heeding the advice of the first-round selection, Mississauga regained the lead early in the second period, as Josh Burnside generated a turnover down behind the Niagara net and walked out front to wrist it past Hope. The Trout would look to gain on their quick star, as Stefan LeBlanc came close on their next drive down the ice, ringing a post however. Niagara found the tying marker just before the five-minute mark of the period, as Mikkel Aagaard fed Anthony DiFruscia a perfect one-timer pass that would hit the back of the net. The goaltenders would once again take over the game, turning away chances by both teams, including a shorthanded 2-on-1 by Mississauga. Niagara would take their first lead of the game near the end of the period, with Jordan Maletta scoring on the first half of a Steelheads double-minor penalty, sending Niagara into the intermission with the lead.

Despite trailing in shots by a large amount, Mississauga continued to come close on the opportunities that they did generate, testing Hope often, however Niagara’s 46 shot total was too much to overcome, as their final pucks on net would result in DiFruscia’s second marker of the game to make it 4-2, and Graham Knott’s empty netter to seal the game at 5-2.

Jacob Brennan made 41 saves in the loss, the first of Mississauga’s road trip. The Steelheads will wrap up their time away from home with a visit to the Kitchener Rangers on Friday evening, before returning home to a sold out Hersey Centre crowd on Family Day.

THE MISSISSAUGA NEWS THREE STARS

1 – Anthony DiFruscia

2 – Jordan Maletta

3 – Billy Jenkins

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Ontario Hockey League Stories from February 12, 2015

  • Bounceback Battalion Defeats London 5-2 – North Bay Battalion
  • Steelheads Streak Iced – Mississauga Steelheads
  • Five Goals Gives the Generals a Win in Peterborough – Oshawa Generals
  • Fourth Straight Win for IceDogs – Niagara IceDogs
  • Sergeev Scores in Loss to Spitfires – Kitchener Rangers
  • Matt Mancina Named Original Pond Gear Player of the Month – Peterborough Petes
  • Do It for Doczy Continues – Owen Sound Attack
  • RedBlacks to Hold Spring Mini-Camp at TD Place – Ottawa 67’s
  • Sting in the Community – Sarnia Sting
  • Back to Back for Attack with Erie – Owen Sound Attack
  • Eat Your Heart out Charity Brunch February 22nd – Owen Sound Attack

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