The Steelheads pulled off their second consecutive shootout win on Sunday against the Windsor Spitfires. Jacob Ingham stopped all three shooters in the shootout and Cole Carter provided the Steelheads with the one goal they needed in the second round. The win wraps up a perfect six-point weekend for the Trout and gives them 58 points on the season and a five-point lead for 5th place in the Eastern Conference.
Sunday afternoon’s first period went according to plan for the Trout. A new look for the Trout with Nick Isaacson, Keean Washkurak and Cole Carter together on a line got the team off to a good start. The Steelheads would create multiple chances in the early going; a Cole Carter shot from the top of the circle was gloved down by Windsor netminder Colton Incze and covered before some hovering Steelheads could force it home. Nick Mchugh and Alan Lyszczarczyk combined nicely on a 2-on-1, but a last-ditch backcheck prevented Lyszczarczyk from opening the scoring. The Spitfires then began to grow into the game and a wild deflection that beat Jacob Ingham but found the post had the Steelhead faithful on edge. The Steelheads would fight back and break through at the 11:31 mark of the first frame, CJ Clarke pounced on a rebound created by an Adam Varga shot that was low, hard, and tough for Incze to handle. Clarke’s marker was his eighth goal of the season and second as a Steelhead. The goal would send the Trout to the dressing room happy and leading by one.
The second frame of Sunday’s game, saw the Spitfires pull even through Tyler Angle’s unassisted goal on the power play. Angle’s 16th of the year coming on a screened shot that handcuffed Jacob Ingham in the Steelheads net. A four-minute power play for the Steelheads helped them on their way to outshooting the Spitfires 22-6 in the frame. A frantic passage of play saw multiple attempts at the net stopped by Incze, the only shot that beat Incze by Cole Schwindt ringing off the iron. While the four-minute man-advantage yielded no goals, Nick McHugh had other plans. The forward who had to leave the game in the first but returned in a full cage in the second latched onto a rebound late in the period and fired the puck bar-down with the clock reading only .7 seconds. The Steelheads would head to the dressing room up 2-1 on McHugh’s second goal as a member of the Trout.
The Steelheads entered the third period up a goal, needing a solid defensive performance to claim the regulation win. Jacob Ingham was again excellent in goal all night and showed off his skills on a miraculous pad save to preserve the one-goal lead. Ryan Wells contributed to the effort with a shot block late in the period. The frame would go to plan for the Trout until Cole Purboo’s goal with only 2:25 tied the score at two. The Steelheads would get one final chance with the man-advantage and a Cole Carter game-winner was only denied by a post. For the second time this weekend the Steelheads would head to overtime.
In the extra frame, the Trout would start on the power play. Once time expired in the penalty the teams traded chances. Windsor’s Cole Purboo appeared to be in alone but a good hustle play by Liam Ham denied him of the chance to shoot. Five minutes of extra-time would go without a goal.
The shootout would follow the same script as Friday night’s game. Jacob Ingham would shut the door on all three shooters for the Spitfires; Chase Campbell, Daniel D’Amico and Nathan Staois. Cole Carter would score the only marker in the shootout for the Trout, the captain putting the brakes on to mess with Incze’s timing before putting the puck up over him and into the roof of the net securing a perfect weekend for the Steelheads.
James Richmond said of the team’s successful weekend; “I think the boys really played hard together… there’s not a lot more I can ask for.”
The Steelheads will take the show on the road this week, a Wednesday game in Hamilton followed by a Friday game in Kingston awaits the team. The Trout will return home on Family Day to take on the London Knights in a day-time tilt.