The Steelheads hosted the Guelph Storm Sunday afternoon at Vic Johnston Arena in Streetsville for their final game of the preseason. Coming off a 3-1 loss to the Storm on Friday, the Steelheads hoped to close out the preseason on a high note; and they did just that, edging the visiting team 5-4 in a closely fought battle.
Mississauga capitalized on a power play in the early minutes of the first as Owen Tippett sniped a shot from the point past Liam Herbst to open the scoring. Ryan McLeod and Jacob Moverare picked up the assists on Tippett’s first goal of the preseason. The Trout controlled the pace for the majority of the opening frame before Guelph’s Kyle Rhodes netted his first of the preseason to even the score 1-1. Jacob Moverare regained the Steelheads’ lead late in the frame from Nathan Bastian and Jeremey Goodwin to give Mississauga a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes of play.
In the second, it would be the Storm’s turn to strike early as Isaac Ratcliffe evened the score just 53 seconds in. Minutes later, the Steelheads would make the most of a man-advantage as Stefan LeBlanc fired home his first of the preseason to put the Trout up 3-2. Stephen Gibson and Brendan Harrogate picked up the assists on the power play marker. Another penalty would cost the Storm as Ryan McLeod went top shelf on Herbst to extend Mississauga’s lead 4-2. Gibson and Bastian assisted on McLeod’s third of the preseason. At 12:17, the Storm answered back with a power play goal of their own from Cedric Ralph to cut the Steelheads’ lead 4-3. Seconds later, Barret Kirwin evened the score to knot the game at 4-4 after two periods of play.
The third period saw a number of opportunities at each end before Stefan LeBlanc tallied his second of the game on the power play to put the Steelheads up 5-4. Assists on LeBlanc’s goal came from Nicolas Hague and Nathan Bastian. With time winding down and the Storm looking for the equalizer, Herbst was pulled in favour of an extra attacker, but the Steelheads held on to earn their first win of the preseason. Jacob Ingham stopped 22 of 26 shots he faced to earn his first win, while Herbst was 52/57.
The Steelheads open the regular season at home on Friday, September 23 for a 7 PM start against the Hamilton Bulldogs. Tickets are available online through Ticketmaster and at the Hershey Centre box office. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with all things Steelheads.