SOTI Weekend Preview – A Steelheads Homecoming

For the first time in 595 days, the Mississauga Steelheads will play in front of home fans as they host the Ottawa 67’s on Friday. The game is the first of three weekend contests for the blue and white.

Back in the Tank

The last time Steelheads played a game at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre was March 6, 2020, in an 8-6 win over the North Bay Battalion.

A Humbling Road Trip

Bursting with confidence from the season opening win in Kingston, the Steelheads dropped their games to North Bay with a 7-2 loss and a heartbreaking 2-0 loss in Barrie. 

Steelheads goaltender Joe Ranger, who was outstanding in game one, struggled between the pipes against the Battalion. The 19-year-old was relieved of his duties in the second period after allowing four goals in seven shots. 

Roman Basran, the overage netminder acquired before the season, had a sensational 18-save performance. However, the Steelheads were still defeated 2-0 by the Colts.

After the seven-goal barrage in the season opener in Kingston, the Steelheads seem to have hit a wall. Over the course of the road trip last weekend, the Steelheads offence generated an average of 38 shots per game, but only mustered one goal in the two games.

The Steelheads look to bounce back this weekend in their three upcoming games, including their first two games at home.

67’s in Town

The Ottawa 67’s come to the Paramount Fine Foods Centre with a 3-2 record to begin the season, good for third place in the East Division.

Ottawa is led by Nashville Predators prospect Jack Matier (2G, 3A), leading scorer Jack Beck (5G, 3A), and goaltender Will Cranley (1-2, 4.30 GAA).

Onto the Garden City

Steelheads travel on the road Saturday to St. Catharines for the first time this season to face the Niagara IceDogs. Niagara holds a 2-2 record, standing fourth in the Central Division. 

The IceDogs are led by goaltender Tucker Tynan (2-1, 2.27 GAA), rookie standout Aidan Castle (acquired from Oshawa before season) and 2020 CHL Import Draft fourth overall pick Danil Gushchin.

403 Rivalry Renewed

League-leading Hamilton Bulldogs make their first trip to the Paramount Fine Foods Centre on Sunday. The Bulldogs are off to a strong start with the record of 4-0.

Players to watch from the Bulldogs include Montreal Canadiens prospect Jan Mysak (2G, 3A), Brandon Morrison (2G, 6A), and leading goal scorer George Diaco (4G, 1A). Goaltender Marco Constantini (3-0, 1.96 GAA) is off to a great start in the 2021-22 campaign as the team’s #1 netminder. 

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