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SmartStop Game Recap – The Steelheads Drop One At Home

The Mississauga Steelheads clinch another 20-goal player on their roster after a tough match-up against the Peterborough Petes. 

First Period

The Blue and White flew on the ice early into the first frame, scoring at the 3:25 mark. Steelheads’ Zakary Lavoie tipped the puck behind the back of Petes’ netminder, Michael Simpson, giving the Trout a 1-0 lead. Aidan Prueter and Ethan Del Mastro were credited with the assists. With his assist, Prueter extended his point streak to five games.  

Moments later, both the Steelheads and Petes received penalties giving way to four-on-four hockey. One minute later, Peterborough’s Brian Zanetti poked the puck through the low glove side of Steelheads netminder Joe Ranger, evening the match 1-1. At the 8:38 mark, Petes’ Ryan Gagner slipped one past Ranger putting Peterborough on top 2-1. Minutes following, the Petes’ Jax Dubois snuck another goal by Ranger, gaining a 3-1 lead.

Mississauga turned the crease over to overage netminder Roman Basran with five minutes remaining in the first frame. The Blue and Whites’ tempo began to increase as Steelheads’ Ty Collins sunk his 8th goal of the season at the 17:53 mark, assisted by Chas Sharpe and Lavoie. After receiving a power play, the Petes answered back as J.R. Avon fired a shot past Basran, giving the Petes’ a 4-2 lead. Yet, the Steelheads remained on top for shots on goal outshooting Peterborough exiting the first. 

Shots on Goal – 9 PBO/13 MISS

Second Period

The Steelheads looked to enhance the pressure going into the second frame. Within a minute in, Petes’ Emmett Sproule tucked one past Mississauga’s netminder, extending Peterborough’s lead 5-2. Then, with great speed, Steelheads’ Charlie Callaghan whipped around the Petes’ net, wrapping the puck past Simpson at the 6:11 mark, awarding him his 4th goal of the season and making the score 5-3. Max Dodig and Michael Stubbs received the assists. 

Near the end of the middle frame, the Trout continued to pressure the Petes’ blue zone. Finally, on a two-on-one, Luca DelBelBelluz sniped a shot through the high glove side of Simpson at the 19:10 mark. The short-handed shot gave number 73 his 20th goal of the season and brought the Steelheads within one goal from tying the game, down 5-4 at the end of the period.

Shots on Goal – 8 PBO/ 10 MISS

Third Period

Mississauga searched to close the gap heading into the third frame, keeping the puck in the Petes’ zone and getting multiple opportunities on Peterborough’s netminder. However, on a penalty kill, the Petes’ Nick Lardis slide the puck by Basran, increasing the Petes’ lead to 6-4. Late into the final frame, Peterborough’s Emmett Sproule potted an empty netter ending the game with a 7-4 win for the Petes. 

Shots on Goal – 8 PBO/13 MISS

Total Shots – 25 PBO/36 MISS

Three Stars:

  1. Emmett Sproule (2G, 2A)
  2. Zakary Lavoie (1G, 1A)
  3. Donovan McCoy (2A)

Mississauga loses a tough battle against Peterborough but gains a 20-goal player to their roster. The Steelheads will seek revenge on Peterborough on Tuesday, January 25! 

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