Oshawa, ON – The Mississauga Steelheads played their second game in as many days as they traveled to Oshawa on Thursday to take on the Generals.
The Generals opened the scoring, as Brett Neumann found Oliver Suni open in front of the net, who one-timed a shot past Kai Edmonds. The Steelheads tied the game at one, as Richard Whittaker one-timed a pass from Cole Schwindt past Zach Paputsakis. Edmonds made a fantastic diving save with the paddle of his stick to keep the game tied at one. With Oshawa in the penalty box, Calvin Martin jammed home a rebound off a shot from Keean Washkurak to give the Steelheads a 2-1 lead. With two minutes to go in the period, Washkurak made a no look pass to James Hardie in the slot, who sniped one past Paputsakis to give the Steelheads a two goal lead.
At the end of the first period, Richard Whittaker had the following to say about his teams play “We’re trying to find the players in the soft areas, we’ve been finding them pretty well. I think all of our goals were right in the slot, where their defense wasn’t.”
The Generals cut the lead to 3-2 midway through the second, as Ryan Gagnier made a nice move in tight space and took a shot just under the crossbar past Edmonds. Thomas Harley answered back for the Steelheads, as under a minute later he took a perfectly placed wrist shot from the point by Paputsakis. At the end of the second, Mississauga was leading 4-2 and outshooting Oshawa 25-18.
Oshawa opened the scoring in the third, as Daniel Walker skated around Mississauga’s defence and took a backhand shot that just squeaked past Edmonds. A couple of minutes later, Kyle MacLean took a wristshot that tied the game at four. William Portokalis regained the Steelheads lead as he was able to find the back of the net on a scramble off the face-off. The Generals had an opportunity to tie the game, as the Steelheads headed to the penalty box for hooking and a check to the head, but the Fish penalty kill proved strong as they were able to kill off both chances. James Hardie and Keean Washkurak scored empty netters to seal the victory for the Steelheads, by a final score of 7-4.
St. Louis Blues prospect Keean Washkurak played one of the best games of his career, registering a career-high 4 points (1G, 3A). Thomas Harley (1G, 2A), Calvin Martin (1G, 1A) and James Hardie (2G) also registered multi-point games in the victory.
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The Steelheads will wrap up the week as they travel to Sudbury for a Sunday afternoon game, before returning to the Paramount Fine Foods Centre on December 6th to take on Arthur Kaliyev and the Hamilton Bulldogs. Tickets to the game can be purchased by visiting the Box Office, online through ticketmaster.ca or by calling 905-502-9100.