After the 67’s blanked Mississauga 4-0 on Sunday to even the series 1-1, the Steelheads hoped to bounce back as the series made it’s way to Ottawa for game three on Tuesday night. Jacob Ingham and Leo Lazarev each made their third postseason start between the pipes for their respective teams.
Each team looked to establish themselves early on as the opening frame saw end-to-end action with each goaltender making key saves to keep their opponent off the board. Jacob Ingham made some highlight reel saves as he continues to be stellar in goal for the Steelheads. No penalties were exchanged in the first 20 minutes of play and the team’s would head to their dressing rooms scoreless.
After 4 straight periods without a goal, the Steelheads came out flying in the second, as Michael McLeod scored 10 seconds into the frame to get his team on the board. Jacob Cascagnette and Stefan LeBlanc picked up the assists on McLeod’s second of the postseason. Later in the frame, the 67’s were handed a two-man advantage as Spencer Watson and Stefan LeBlanc took penalties 30 seconds apart. Despite some big saves by Ingham, the 67’s were able to capitalize as Noel Hoefenmayer tucked in his first of the postseason to even the score 1-1. At 13:46, Cascagnette responded with a power play goal of his own to restore the Steelheads’ one-goal lead. Owen Tippett and Stefan LeBlanc assisted on Cascagnette’s first postseason goal, and eventual game winner.
Desperate to even the score, the 67’s continued to test Ingham in the third, but the rookie goaltender was up for the challenge, shutting the door on all shots he faced. With time running out, the 67’s pulled Lazarev in favour of an extra attacker, but the Steelheads held on for a 2-1 final to take a 2-1 lead in the series.
Game four goes Thursday, March 30 at 7PM before things head back to Mississauga for game five on Friday, March 31at 7 PM at the Hershey Centre.
Steelheads lead series 2-1.