Coming off commanding back-to-back wins to take a 2-1 lead in the series, the Steelheads looked to stay hot heading into game four in Oshawa Thursday night. Steelheads’ captain Mikey McLeod has been a standout in this series, and currently leads the league with 17 points (6 goals, 11 assists) this postseason. Despite being chased from the crease on Tuesday, Jeremy Brodeur was back between the pipes for the Gens tonight, while Matt Mancina made his fourth consecutive postseason start for the Trout.
The first period was a fast paced one, with both teams trading a number of chances. Late in the frame, Spencer Watson continued his hot streak, scoring his ninth of the postseason to put the Steelheads up 1-0. Nic Hague and Ryan McLeod assisted on Watson’s goal as the Steelheads held a 1-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
The Steelheads came out flying in the second, with Jacob Cascagnette wiring a shot over Brodeur’s shoulder to extend Mississauga’s lead 2-0 at 8:55 of the frame. Stefan LeBlanc. Minutes later, Spencer Watson struck again with his second of the night to put Mississauga up 3-0 and chase Jeremy Brodeur from the crease for the second straight game. Nic Hague assisted on Watson’s 10th of the postseason as he becomes the Steelheads’ franchise leader in postseason goals. Two minutes later, Owen Tippett gave the Steelheads even more of a cushion, with a beautiful individual effort to beat Kyle Keyser and put Mississauga up 4-0.
The Generals began to climb back in the final frame, scoring an early goal to cut the deficit. That goal came from Mason Kohn, his third of the postseason from William Ennis and Riley Stillman. At 7:20, Medric Mercier would bring the Gens within two, capitalizing on a power play opportunity from Stillman and Daniel Antropov. They kept the home crowd on the edge of their seats, bringing the game within one at 14:22 as Medric Mercier scored his second of the night on the power play from Matt Brassard and Jack Studnicka. Within one, and with time winding down on the clock, the Generals pulled Keyser in favour of an extra attacker. The Steelheads were able to hang on for the 4-3 win to take a 3-1 lead in the series.
Game 5 is set for Saturday, April 15 at 2:05 PM in Oshawa.
Steelheads lead series 3-1.