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SmartStop Game Recap – Tough Night at the Garden City

The Steelheads couldn’t overcome early penalty troubles as they dropped a 4-2 decision to the Niagara IceDogs.

First Period

Following a dominant win over the 67’s in Friday’s home opener, the Steelheads looked to continue their success. While the IceDogs strike first at the 6:57 mark with Cameron Peters scoring off a rebound, the Steelheads responded nicely 25 seconds later. Aidan Prueter registered his first goal of the season on a tremendous 3-on-1 end-to-end breakaway goal. Luke Misa and Zakary Lavoie got credit with the assist, marking Misa’s first career OHL assist.

The Steelheads were not as lucky the second half of the period, as players headed to the penalty box three times in the last ten minutes. Despite successfully averting disaster the first two times in the penalty kill, the IceDogs broke through in the final minute when Jake Uberti scored on the powerplay, shooting past Basran top shelf for a 2-1 Niagara lead.

Shots on Goal – Steelheads 8/IceDogs 11

Second Period

The Steelheads continued to run into some penalty trouble as the game went on. Following a double-minor four-minute penalty, the IceDogs powerplay unit made Steelheads pay with back-to-back goals. 

The first Niagara PP goal came at the 4:46 mark after Brice Cooke scored on a timely pass from Cameron Butler. Niagara struck again in the powerplay, with Aidan Castle scoring off the rebound in front of the Steelheads net at the 6:45 mark. 

The Steelheads showed some life at the 12:25 mark as Luke Misa scored his first career OHL goal off the Dylan Gordon deflection. Gordon tallied his first career OHL point with the assist, and Ethan Del Mastro was also credited with an assist.

Shots on Goal – Steelheads 10/IceDogs 7

Third Period

There were many opportunities for the Steelheads to capitalize in the final frame, but they couldn’t find the net. Barsan made some incredible stops to keep the Steelheads in the game as they tried to battle back. The team showed urgency in the IceDogs zone with two trips to the power play but could not solve the Niagara netminder Tucker Tynan. 

Shots on Goal – Steelheads 13/IceDogs 5

Final Shots on Goal – Steelheads 31/IceDogs 23

Three Stars

  1. Cameron Peters (NIA) (1G)
  2. Brice Cooke (NIA) (1G)
  3. Aidan Castle (NIA) (1G)

Steelheads return home Sunday for a matinee matchup with the Hamilton Bulldogs. Game can be heard on 960 Sauga AM, or watch on OHL Live.

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