Late goals propel Spirit to 4-3 win
In their last game of a three-game weekend road trip, the Steelheads hoped to get back in the win column Sunday when they visited the Saginaw Spirit. Jacob Ingham made the start in goal for Mississauga, while Evan Cormier started between the pipes for Saginaw.
The Steelheads were handed an early advantage, as Saginaw’s Danny Katic would head to the penalty box on a slashing call. During that power play, Cole Coskey would be sent to the box as well for boarding, giving the Steelheads a two-man advantage for 18 seconds. The Steelheads capitalized on the 5-on-3 as Nic Hague fired a wrist shot from the hash marks past Cormier to open the scoring. Jacob Moverare and Albert Michnac assisted on Hague’s first of the season. The lead was short lived as Damien Giroux and Brady Gilmour connected on a shorthanded rush to even the score. Saginaw outshot the Steelheads 14-8 in the first, and the score would stay locked at 1-1 heading into the first intermission.
Ben Badalementi gave the Spirit their first lead of the night at 12:24 of the second. Katic and Caleb Everett assisted on Badalementi’s third of the season. Jacob Ingham was the difference maker in the middle frame, facing 18 shots and only allowing the one goal as the Spirit held a 2-1 lead heading into the final frame.
Looking to swing the momentum back in their favour, the Steelheads came out strong in the third fighting for the equalizing goal. At the halfway point of the period, Albert Michnac would do just that, dancing around three Spirit players before sniping a shot top shelf over Cormier to even things up 2-2. Mason Hardy and Thomas Harley assisted on Michnac’s fourth of the season. Seconds later, Nic Hague fired a wrist shot from the slot through a crowd and beat Cormier to restore the Steelheads lead. Ryan McLeod had the lone assist on Hague’s second of the night. Back-to-back penalties would cost the Steelheads as Cole Coskey and Aidan Prueter both found the back of the net in the final minutes to propel the Spirit to a 4-3 victory.
The Steelheads will have a few days rest before heading to Niagara to take on the IceDogs in a Central Division matchup on Thursday.