SmartStop Game Recap – Steelheads Triumph in Home Opener

The Steelheads put on a remarkable performance in their first home game in 595 days with a convincing 5-2 win over the Ottawa 67’s.

First Period

The opening frame saw the Steelheads with good energy and physicality. Steelheads generated several scoring chances during the period, but with 7:28 remaining in the period, James Hardie ended the team’s goal drought on a great breakaway shot past Ottawa’s Will Cranley for a 1-0 lead. 

Steelheads starting netminder Roman Basran stopped all five Ottawa shots, with his notable save came in the seven minute mark when he bailed Ethan Del Mastro’s turnover for the save on the one-timer.

Shots on Goal – 67’s 5/Steelheads 15

Second Period

The Steelheads continued their productive game in the second period, generating multiple early chances in the 67’s zone. 

With just over ten minutes remaining in the middle frame, James Hardie continued his hot scoring streak with a highlight-reel goal courtesy of a beautiful cross-ice pass from Luca Del Bel Belluz for his second goal of the game. Kasper Larsen also gets credited with the assist. 

The highlight reel continued a couple minutes later with netminder Roman Basran robbing Ottawa’s Jack Beck with an outstanding glove save.

Shots on Goal – 67’s 6/Steelheads 10

Third Period

The Steelheads put on the clinic in the final frame. It began just 50 seconds into the period with James Hardie registering his first career OHL hat trick on a point-blank shot off rebound past Cranley to extend Steelheads lead to 3-0. Del Bel Belluz and Larsen received their second assists of the evening. 

Nine seconds later, Ty Anselmini records his first career OHL goal. Beck and Portakalis were credited with the assists. Immediately after the Steelheads goal, Ottawa snatched one back at the 1:17 mark. Ole Bjorgvik-Holm restored the Steelheads four goal lead with the shot from the blue line, fooling Cranley for a 5-1 lead. Beck and Brand get the assist. 

The 67’s answered one back late in the period on a powerplay goal at the 15:21 mark. Ottawa put the pressure on, but Roman Basran stood tall. 


Shots on Goal – 67’s 10/Steelheads 12

Final Shots on Goal – 67’s 22/Steelheads 37

Three Stars

  1. James Hardie (3G)
  2. Ty Anselmini (1G, First career OHL goal)
  3. Roman Basran (20/22 Saves)

The Steelheads even their record to 2-2 on the season. Next game for the Steelheads is Saturday October 23 against the Niagara IceDogs at the Meridian Centre in St, Catharines. 

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