After winning two feisty games in Ottawa, the Steelheads returned home Friday night with a 3-1 series lead. With the level of intensity in games 3 and 4, both teams knew game 5 would be more of the same. Following an altercation in game 4, the Steelheads were without defenseman, Nic Hague and the 67’s were without head coach, Jeff Brown for game 5 due to suspension.
The first period was full of quality scoring chances on both ends of the ice. Jacob Ingham for the Steelheads and Leo Lazarev for the 67’s, both made great saves early on in the period. Ottawa opened up the scoring with a goal from Tye Felhaber. That would be the only goal of the period and the Steelheads would trail 1-0 after the first.
The Steelheads really wanted to set the pace for the rest of the game early on in the second. The home team fired off 18 shots in the second period but nothing could get past Lazarev. The Steelheads only allowed three shots by the 67’s in the second. On one of the three shots, Patrick White gave the 67’s a two-goal lead. After 40 minutes, the Steelheads couldn’t catch break, heading to the dressing room down 2-0.
The Steelheads were desperate for a goal in the third period but Leo Lazarev made some incredible saves to shut them down. Artur Tyanulin scored for Ottawa giving them a 3-0 lead. With just under 10 minutes to go in the period, Spencer Watson finally got a goal past Lazarev to cut the 67’s lead to two. Tyanulin followed up shortly after with another goal for Ottawa to regain their three goal lead. With 3 minutes left, Nathan Bastian scored for the Steelheads to cut the lead back down to two. Once again, the 67’s answered back quickly with a goal from Jared Steege. With less than one minute left and the goalie pulled, Michael McLeod scored for Mississauga to make the score 5-3. Unfortunately, that would be the last goal of the game, and the Steelheads would lose game 5 by a score of 5-3.
Mississauga has another chance to close out the series when they head back to Ottawa for game 6, which takes place on Sunday, April 2nd at 2pm.
Mississauga leads the series 3-2.