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Steelheads Top Fronts in Shootout

October 16, 2014
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October 13, 2014 – Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Mississauga Steelheads

Mississauga, ON – Following their game at the K-Rock Centre in Kingston on Friday, the Frontenacs paid their first visit to the Hershey Centre this season. This game also marked Jacob Graves’ return to the city in which he played his entire OHL career before being traded to Kingston earlier this season. Lucas Peressini, coming off of a 31-save shutout performance against the Niagara IceDogs, was called upon to start this game; his second in as many days.

Peressini’s hopes of back-to-back shutouts were spoiled just 44 seconds into the game, as Brandon Devlin put a beautiful pass on the stick of Josh Burnside, giving Burnside his first goal of the season. Graves was sure to make his presence known, dropping the mitts with Mississauga’s Damian Bourne just 1:25 into the game. Connor McGlynn put the Fronts on the board, evening things up at one a piece 6:18 into the contest. Keeping up the physical play, Everett Clark squared off with Samuel Schutt in the second fight of the game. At 19:00, Stefan LeBlanc took a cross-checking penalty, putting the Steelheads perfect penalty kill to work to end the period.

After beginning the period on the penalty kill, the Steelheads would once again find themselves a man short early on. Kingston was unable to mount an attack, managing just one shot on Spencer Martin during the man advantage. With the Steelheads a man down for most of the period, the Steelheads league-leading (26 for 26) would be put to the test. Despite chances on each man advantage, the Steelheads kept their scoreless record in tact to begin the season. While both teams had chances, Mississauga carried the majority of the play and closed the gap in shots.

As the third period began, the teams traded power play chances, but neither side could capitalize. Just under the seven minute mark, Cianfrone sent a pass across the slot in the offensive zone and Kingston’s Robert Polesello deflected the pass through Peressini and into the net, giving the Steelheads the lead at 2-1. Kingston would up the pressure, however, and with the goalie pulled McGlynn potted his second of the game with just 11 seconds left on the clock to tie the score and send the game into overtime. Lawson Crouse and Spencer Watson tallied assists on the last-minute goal.

In the final minute of overtime, the Fronts were able to draw Spencer Martin out of his net, but could not complete the pass and the puck drifted wide, ending the scoring chance. Time expired, and this game would need a shootout.

Sam Babintsev was first up in the shootout. Showing great composure, he skated in and calmly slid the puck through Peressini’s legs to get the Steelheads on the board. Spencer Watson would lead the way for the Fronts, but was thwarted by Martin’s left pad. Lucas Venuto took the stage with a fury of stickhandles, finally lifting the puck into the top corner to put the Steelheads up 2-0. Polesello scored on the forehand to give Kingston a chance. Cianfrone looked to solidify the win, but sent his attempt wide of the net. Crouse held Kingston’s hopes on his shoulders. Martin again stood tall, stopping the shot with his blocker and giving the Steelheads the extra point in the victory.

The Steelheads head to Ottawa, North Bay, Plymouth and Windsor before they return home on Sunday, October 26 at 2:00 pm to host the Saginaw Spirit. Great tickets are still available online through Ticketmaster and at the Hershey Centre Box Office.

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