WEEKEND PREVIEW | Another busy weekend ahead for the Steelheads
The Mississauga Steelheads have another busy weekend ahead of them with three games in four days. The Steelheads are on their first three-game skid without registering a point, falling to the London Knights, North Bay Battalion, and the Sudbury Wolves last week. Despite the losing streak, the Steelheads offence has still been present, outshooting their opponents in all three games.
The Steelheads also have a new addition on the blueline to look forward to. Acquired from the Niagara IceDogs, Ham is in his third OHL season; scoring 32 points in 63 games last season. A solid defender with the ability to score, they are hoping Ham adds some stability to an already solid blue line. Eager to get back in the win column, the Steelheads head to Barrie to take on the Colts Thursday night, back at home on Friday night to face-off against the Hamilton Bulldogs, then back on the road Sunday for an afternoon match-up against the Sudbury Wolves.
Thursday November 29 @ Barrie Colts (Barrie Molson Centre) Puck Drop @ 7:30pm
Leading their season series 1-0 with a 2-1 win on October 4th, the Steelheads are back in Barrie on Thursday looking for their first win in three games. Coming off an 8-2 win against the Guelph Storm, the 13-11-1-0 Colts are sitting three points behind the Steelheads in the Eastern Conference. The Barrie Colts are the most penalized team in the OHL with 359 penalty minutes as the Steelheads look to take advantage with the sixth best power play in the league and go up 2-0 in the season series.
Friday November 30 vs Hamilton Bulldogs (Paramount Fine Foods Centre) Puck Drop @ 7:00pm
The 11-13-1-0 Bulldogs are in Mississauga on Friday for their third meeting against the Steelheads this season. The Steelheads are 1-1 against the Bulldogs with a 4-3 win on October 12th and a 5-1 loss on October 13th, each team winning on home ice. The reigning OHL champions have dropped six of their last 10 games as the Steelheads hope to get a jump on the season series against the slumping Bulldogs.
Sunday December 2 @Sudbury Wolves (Sudbury Community Arena) Puck Drop @ 3:05 pm
In their third game in three weeks, the Sudbury Wolves and Mississauga Steelheads are becoming very familiar with each other. The bad blood between the division rivals has been apparent in their last two match-ups with the gloves being dropped in both games. The Wolves are sitting atop the division with a 15-8-1-1 record, two points ahead of the Steelheads. In their two meetings so far this season, the Steelheads are 1-1 winning their first match-up 5-3 in Mississauga, but dropping the second game 3-2 in Sudbury. The Steelheads look to break the tie and leap back to first place in the division.
Players to Watch:
Cole Carter: Carter has been a stud for the Steelheads all season long. Leading the team in scoring, Carter has only been held off the score sheet three times all season. With 32 points (19G, 13A) in 23 games, Carter is currently tied for 11th in the OHL in scoring and it looks like he’s not slowing down any time soon.
Lucas Chiodo: Tied for seventh in the league in scoring, Chiodo is in his fourth season in the OHL. Chiodo’s point totals have significantly increased each year going from 10, to 53, to 79, and now with 39 points in 25 games, Chiodo is on pace for a big jump in points again.
Arthur Kaliyev: In his second season in the OHL, Kaliyev is one of the only two players in the OHL to receive an “A” rating by NHL Central Scouting. The projected first round draft pick in this years NHL Entry Draft scored 31 goals in his rookie campaign and is only getting better with 38 points (19 goals) in 25 games this season.
Quinton Byfield: The Newmarket, Ontario native is in his rookie season in the OHL. The 6’05, 214 rookie is off to an impressive start to his OHL career. Drafted first overall in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection, Byfield has 15 points in 21 games so far this season.