After an incredible season that saw the Steelheads win the Central Division title, all eyes are on them this postseason to see if they can continue their hot streak. The Steelheads and the 67’s faced off four times during the 2016-17 regular season, with the series even at two games apiece. Tonight also marked the first playoff match-up between the Steelheads franchise and the 67’s. Jacob Ingham made his playoff debut for the Trout and Leo Lazarev was between the pipes for the 67’s.
Both teams wanted to come out strong to gain momentum. Ottawa opened up the scoring with a goal from Sasha Chmelevshi. The Steelheads followed up with a goal of their own scored by captain, Michael McLeod. The Steelheads continued to roll from there adding two more goals in the period from Owen Tippett and Vili Saarijarvi. The Steelheads would head to the dressing room after 20 minutes with a 3-1 lead.
Early on in the second period, it was easy to tell Mississauga did not lose any momentum. Nathan Bastian notched another goal early in the frame for the Steelheads giving them a 4-1 lead.. Throughout the period, both teams exchanged big shots and big hits. The period was closed off with a goal from Zack Dorval for Ottawa, cutting the Steelheads’ lead in half. After two fast-paced periods, the Steelheads led by a score of 4-2.
The Steelheads struck early again in the third. Trent Fox scored for the Trout, giving them a three-goal cushion early in the third. The 67’s were getting desperate for a goal. With just over six minutes to go in the game, the 67’s decide to pull their goalie to try and spark their team. Mississauga did their job to shut them down and Trent Fox scored his second of the game to close out the scoring. Jacob Ingham was tremendous in net, making some incredible saves to keep the momentum on Mississauga’s side to seal a 6-2 win.
Steelheads lead series 1-0.