The Steelheads kick started the 2016-2017 regular season with a Home Opener against the Hamilton Bulldogs. Some familiar Steelhead faces were off the lineup for tonight, including Mike McLeod, Nathan Bastian, Sean Day, Jacob Moverare, and Austin Osmanski, as they still remain in their respective NHL prospect cities. The Steelheads hoped to bring in a win for the home crowd, but were unable to find the back of the net, and finished the game with a 7-0 loss.
The Bulldogs took an early lead as Matt Luff fired a shot in off of a rebound from Matthew Strome, that Matthew Mancina couldn’t grab a hold of. Less than two minutes later at 7:21, MacKenzie Entwistle, assisted by Marian Studenic and Jesse Saban, brought the score up to 2-0. A late penalty from Steelheads’ Scoley Dow lead to Matt Luff’s second goal of the game assisted by Marian Studenic and Jesse Saban to close the period out at 3-0.
The second frame gave the Steelheads as the Bulldogs ran the score up to 7-0. All four goals in the period came in the first 11 minutes of play. Fourth goal scored by Luke Kutkevicius at 2:43, assisted by Trent Fox and Brandon Saigeon. Fifth goal scored by Niki Petti at 6:28, assisted by Matt Luff, and Brandon Saigeon. Sixth goal scored by MacKenzie Entwistle, his second of the night at 7:27, assisted by Michael Cramarossa and Justin Lemcke. Seventh and final goal of the game scored by Matt Luff, his third of the night at assisted by Niki Petti and Jesse Saban. At 10:03 Matthew Mancina was pulled, and Jacob Ingham took over in net for the Steelheads.
The final frame saw the Steelheads up a player thanks to a late penalty from Trent Fox for cross-checking but they were unable to capitalize on the advantage. No more goals were conceded in this game but Jacob Ingham did give the fans a show, saving shot after shot from the Bulldogs.
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