Mississauga, ON – The Mississauga Steelheads will continue their road trip this week as they take on the Oshawa Generals and Barrie Colts.
CELEBRATING GOOD TIMES
The Steelheads have been flying high lately despite the injury bug hitting the lineup, with a 6-3-1-0 record in their last ten games. Mississauga won two of three games last weekend, with both wins coming against the North Bay Battalion and the Sudbury Wolves. The club’s latest hot streak has them sitting in sole possession of second place in the Central Division, just 6 points behind the first place Sudbury Wolves.
Mississauga announced on Saturday that 17-year-old right winger Rylan Bowers had been signed to an OHL contract, slated to make his debut last Sunday against the Sudbury Wolves. The Komoka, Ontario native wasted no time making an impact, as he scored his first OHL goal to open the scoring in the first period.
Two Steelheads have been drawing the eyes of NHL organizations, as Ole-Bjorgvik Holm (140th overall) and James Hardie (213th overall) were ranked in the latest NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings. Bjorgvik-Holm was originally a 1st round pick (32nd overall) of the Mississauga Steelheads in the 2019 CHL Import Draft and has registered 14 points (1G, 13A) in 42 games this season, which ranks second in the OHL amongst rookie defencemen. Hardie was a 1st round pick (8th overall) of the Steelheads in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection and has registered 20 points (12G, 8A) in his last 16 games dating back to November 28th.
Kai Edmonds has been one of the biggest reasons for the Steelheads hot play of late, as he has registered a .950 SV% in his last 4 games, including a shutout against the North Bay Battalion. The 19-year-old goaltender is among the best in the OHL this season, sitting seventh in the OHL amongst starting goaltenders in save percentage, while carrying the heaviest workload leading all goaltenders in minutes played.
Richard Whittaker has stepped up in the absence of Cole Schwindt and Keean Washkurak, having moved into to the teams first line centre position. Whittaker has registered 11 points (5G, 6A) in his last 9 games, recently setting a new career-high for goals, points, and shots on goal in a season. Mississauga native William Portokalis has also been playing well, having recorded 4 points (2G, 2A) in his last 4 games played.
Two Steelheads reached milestones in the past week, as Liam Ham recorded the 100th point of his OHL Career against the Soo Greyhounds and James Hardie played in his 100th OHL Game against the North Bay Battalion.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Mississauga will travel east of Toronto on Friday to take on the Oshawa Generals at the Tribute Communities Centre. The Generals will have a new look for the Steelheads, as they made numerous splashes prior to the leagues trade deadline last week.
Oshawa welcomed the addition of Philip Tomasino from the Niagara IceDogs, who was a 1st round pick of the Nashville Predators in the 2019 NHL Draft. The Mississauga, ON native has been on fire since joining the Generals, registering 10 points (6G, 4A) in his first 3 games. While they brought in Tomasino, Oshawa made another move to send star forward Serron Noel to the Kitchener Rangers, picking up 18-year-old Ryan Stepien. The Generals also made a move to upgrade on the backend, as they acquired Vegas Golden Knights goaltending prospect Jordan Kooy from the Sarnia Sting.
Oshawa (21-13-3-2) currently sits fourth place in the Eastern Conference. The improvements to the lineup have made an immediate impact, as the Generals have won each of their last 3 games, defeating the Windsor Spitfires, Sarnia Sting and Peterborough Petes.
While Oshawa chose to load up for a playoff run, the Barrie Colts chose to go in a different direction, as they set out to build for the future. The trade deadline saw the Colts send out star players Ryan Suzuki, Tyler Tucker, Metaj Pekar, Jason Willms, Riley Piercey and Jack York, while acquiring Josh Nelson, Ethan Cardwell and Connor Punnett.
Barrie (16-20-2-1) has dropped each of their last 4 games and will have a game against the Niagara IceDogs on Friday night before they meet the Steelheads at the Colts Centre on Saturday. The Colts sit third place in the Central Division, just two points behind Mississauga, as the teams continue to battle for playoff positions.
UPCOMING PROMOTIONAL SCHEDULE
Friday, January 24th 7 pm – 8th Annual Bell Let’s Talk game night
Sunday, January 26th 2 pm – Superhero Game
Sunday, February 2nd 2 pm – 3rd Annual Pucks ‘N’ Paws game
Tickets to Bell Let’s Talk Night, Superhero Night, or Pucks ‘N’ Paws can be purchased by visiting the Box Office, online through ticketmaster.ca or by calling 905-502-9100.