Mississauga, ON – The Steelheads looked to start 2013 with a win over a divisional opponent on home ice, and did so with a convincing 5-2 win over the visiting IceDogs. Niagara opened the scoring for the third time in as many games at the Hershey Centre this season when Steven Shipley beat Tyson Teichmann for his 20th goal of the season from the right circle at 18:03.
Brett Foy found himself alone in front of Niagara’s Christopher Festarini minutes into the second period but could not find the back of the net. Mississauga enjoyed multiple power plays in the first half of the period and had their chances to equalize; the best coming from Stuart Percy who rang a shot off the post on a man-advantage situation. Dylan Smoskowitz’s 26th goal of the season on the Steelheads third power play of the period tied the game. Shortly after, Ryan Duhaime converted an Andres Kopstals assist for his first career OHL goal to give Mississauga the lead 25 seconds later. The Steelheads padded their lead when Foy snapped a third Steelheads goal past Festarini less than a minute later. The IceDogs cut into the deficit when Aaron Haydon scored from the point past a screened Teichmann with less than a minute left in the frame. Steelheads held a one goal margin, leading 3-2 into the third.
Mississauga improved to 15-0-0-0 when leading after two periods, adding two insurance goals in a 51 second span. Josh Burnside and Riley Brace assisted on Smoskowitz’s 27th goal of the season before Alex Cord blasted a shot past Festarini moments later. The Steelheads outshot Niagara 39-20 and 31-13 in the final 40 minutes.
Mississauga native Matthew Campagna and the Sudbury Wolves visit the Hershey Centre on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Great seats are still available for both games by calling (905) 502 – 7788, visiting the Hershey Centre Box Office, or logging on to Ticketmaster.
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