After falling just short in game one of the OHL Championship Series, the Mississauga Steelheads travelled back to Erie Sunday looking to bounce back and even the series. Both teams stuck with their starting goalies, Mancina for the Steelheads and Timpano for the Otters.
The Steelheads would have an early opportunity on the man-advantage as Mississauga native, Dylan Strome would head to the box on a holding call. Although the Steelheads fired a few shots on net, they were unable to capitalize as the game returned to even strength. Past the half way mark of the frame, the Otters had their first power play opportunity with Nathan Bastian in the box for holding. The Steelheads’ special teams did their jobs and the game remained scoreless. Ryan McLeod opened the scoring, tapping home a shot from Spencer Watson for his fourth of the postseason. Late in the frame, the Otters were able to capitalize on a power play to even the score 1-1. Alex DeBrincat scored his 10th of the playoffs to get the home team on the board. The teams would head to their rooms even 1-1 at the end of the first.
Matthew Mancina continued to be strong in goal for the Steelheads, turning away 13 shots in the middle frame to keep Erie off the board. The Steelheads generated 9 chances, but couldn’t find the back of the net either as the game remained tied 1-1 heading into the second intermission.
At the 18-minute mark of the final frame, Warren Foegele continued his last minute heroics, netting a breakaway goal to put the Otters up 2-1. Anthony Cirelli picked up the lone assist on Foegele’s 10th of the season. Less than a minute later, with the Steelheads net empty in favour of an extra attacker, Alex DeBrincat stripped Ryan McLeod of the puck and buried it into the empty net to extend Erie’s lead 3-1. With time winding down and the Steelheads desperate to even the score, Shaw Boomhower was able to bring Mississauga within one, but it wouldn’t be enough as Erie skated away with a 3-2 win to take a 2-0 lead in the series.
The series now comes to Mississauga, with game three scheduled for Monday, May 8. Puck drops at 7PM at the Hershey Centre.
Erie leads series 2-0