Steelheads fall 6-2 to Oshawa after clinching playoff berth

The Steelheads were back in action Friday night as the Oshawa Generals visited the Hershey Centre for an Eastern Conference tilt.

Mississauga wasted no time getting started as Nicolas Hague scored his 33rd of the season just 2:12 into the period to give the Fish the early lead. The Steelheads also received the first penalty of the game, when Isaac Walker was called for hooking. The Generals scored on the ensuing power player when Jack Studnicka netted his 18h of the season, tying the game 1-1. Two minutes later, Oshawa found the back of the net once again, this time off a Brendan Harrogate shot and taking the 2-1 lead. Mississauga was called for hooking, this time by Regan O’Grady. The Gens went two for two on the man-advantage when Domenic Commisso fired one past Jacob Ingaham, to extend their lead 3-1. Shots at the end of the first were 18-11 in favour of Oshawa.

The Generals picked up where they left off in the first, scoring just three minutes and 37 seconds into the frame off an Allan McShane tap in for his 19th of the season and the 4-1 lead. The Steelheads had some chances of their own, but Oshawa’s goaltender, Kyle Keyser, managed to shut them down. The Gens scored again at 12:40 of the period when Studnicka scored his second of the game and 19th of the season. Shots at the end of the frame were 30-22 for the Generals.

The Steelheads started the third period on the power play, as Oshawa was called for having too many men on the ice. Michael Little tallied his 14th goal of the season just as the man-advantage expired, cutting the Gen’s lead to 5-2. Another power play opportunity came late in the 3rd when Matt Brassard was called for cross-checking at 17:07 of the frame. The Steelheads did not score, but Jack Studnicka nabbed the empty net goal shorthanded for his 3rd of the game. Final shots were 42-39 in favour of Mississauga.

The Steelheads are back in action Sunday, March 11th, as they travel to Canada’s capital for a matchup against the Ottawa 67’s.

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