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Steelheads fall 4-2 in series against Barrie

The Steelheads returned home for an afternoon matchup, taking on the Barrie Colts in game six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal. Barrie won on Saturday night, taking the series lead at 3-2.

The first period saw both teams trading shots back and forth, but goaltenders Jacob Ingham and Leo Lazarev held down the crease for both the Steelheads and the Colts. Mississauga received the first power play opportunity of the game when Aaron Luchuk was called for crosschecking at 8:11 of the frame. The Steelheads had their chances, but could not convert on the man-advantage. The Fish also got the first goal of the game when Michael McLeod tallied his sixth of the playoffs, with the helper going to Cole Carter. Mississauga ended the period on the penalty kill when Nic Hague was called for tripping with less than a minute to go. Shots were 13-12 for the Steelheads heading into the first intermission.

The Steelheads started the second period on the penalty kill with 1:05 remaining in the Hague tripping call, but the Fish successfully killed it off. Shortly after, Cole Carter scored his third of the post-season off a no-look drop pass from Michael McLeod, giving the Steelheads a 2-0 lead. At 8:59 of the frame, Andrei Svechnikov was caught hooking and giving Mississauga another power play opportunity. The Trout failed to convert on the man-advantage. The Colts capitalized on Svechnikov coming out of the box and notched their first goal of the game off an Aaron Luchuk shot at 11:08 of the period. Less than 10 seconds later, Zachary Magwood tapped one in to tie the game at two. Barrie scored once again at 13:55 when Magwood tallied his second goal of the game. Late in the frame, Owen Tippett was called for slashing and the Steelheads finished the period on the penalty kill. Shots at the end of the second were 29 for both teams.

The third period started with the Steelheads trailing 3-2. Andrei Svechnikov scored early in the frame to give the Colts a two goal lead. Things got physical and the Steelheads had three straight penalties awarded in their favour, but could not score on the man-advantages. Svechnikov scored his second of the game shorthanded at 10:07 of the period, making it 5-2 Barrie. The Colts got a power play of their own and scored once again, this time off a Dmitry Sokolov shot, giving the Colts a 6-2 lead. Barrie added two more goals, winning the game 8-2 and taking the series 4-2.

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