After a 2-1 win on Tuesday that saw the Steelheads take a 2-1 lead in the series, Mississauga and Ottawa hit the ice Thursday night for Game 4 at TD Place in Ottawa. Jacob Ingham and Leo Lazarev each made their fourth appeareance between the pipes.
The first period got out to a slow start with each team trading chances in search of the opening goal. Ottawa saw their first crack at a powerplay opportunity late in the first, but were unable to capitalize. The game remained scoreless after the first 20 minutes of play; shots on goal were even at nine apiece.
The second period started similar to Tuesday, with the Steelheads scoring a quick goal to shift the momentum in their favour. Spencer Watson netted his first of the postseason from Jacob Moverare and Michael McLeod to give Mississauga a 1-0 lead just 26 seconds into the second period. Minutes later, Nathan Bastian extended Mississauga’s lead with his second of the postseason from Stefan LeBlanc. At the midway mark of the frame, Vili Saarijarvi would buy the Steelheads some insurance, sniping a shot from the point past Lazarev to put Mississauga up 3-0. The 67’s were able to beat Ingham to get on the board at 14:44 of the second as Austen Keating recorded his first of the postseason. Nathan Bastian answered back with his second of the night to restore the Steelheads’ 3-goal lead as Mississauga would head to the dressing room with a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes of play.
Ottawa came out in the third looking to cut the deficit. Noel Hoefenmayer brought his team within two at 8:27, and Patrick White scored a shorthanded goal at 10:51 to bring the 67’s within one. The Steelheads kept their cool as Michael McLeod restored a two-goal cushion, tapping in a shot from Saarijarvi. Less than a minute later, Nathan Bastian completed the hat trick to put Mississauga up 6-3. Jacob Moverare assisted on Bastian’s fourth of the postseason. Austen Keating added a powerplay goal late in the frame, but the Steelheads held on for a 6-4 win to take a 3-1 lead in the series.
The Steelheads return home to the Hershey Centre tomorrow for Game 5. Puck drops at 7:00 PM.
Steelheads lead series 3-1.