MISSISSAUGA, ON – Following a 0-1-1-0 start to the season, the Steelheads are coming off of two big wins this past weekend. With a 6-1 win against the Erie Otters and a 4-1 win against the Kingston Frontenacs, the Steelheads are looking to stay hot this week.
The Steelheads visit the Barrie Colts on Thursday and are back at home on Friday for their second standoff with the Niagara Ice Dogs, as they hope to have a strong showing in their first back-to-back of the season. The Steelheads look to the likes of Keean Washkurak, who had 3 points in 2 games last week, and Jacob Ingham, coming off of 2 stellar performances, to help drive the team to 4 straight wins.
The Barrie Colts are also off to a 2-1-1-0 start to the season. With an impressive offense, the Colts have scored 23 goals in 4 games. Facing off 6 times in the 2017-2018 season, the Steelheads beat the Colts 4-2 in the season series and look to continue that trend this year.
Winning 8-6 against the Steelheads in their home opener, the Niagara Ice Dogs sit atop the Central division with a 3-1-0-0 record. The Steelheads are looking to even the season series out at 1 a piece and take ahold of the number 1 spot. Secure your seats
Players To Watch – Mississauga Steelheads
Thomas Harley: Drafted 14th overall in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection, the Syracuse, New York native is looking to breakout this season. With 4 points in 4 games, Harley is listed on the NHL Central Scouting North American Players to Watch list. Ranked as a “B” prospect, Harley is looking to continue his reliability on the back end, and become a potential 2nd round pick in the upcoming 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
Keean Washkurak: Washkurak is off to an impressive start to the 2018-2019 season with 7 points in 4 games. One of the three Steelheads players listed on the NHL Central Scouting North American Players to Watch list, his 2-way game has earned him a “C” ranking, a prospective 4th round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
Players To Watch – Barrie Colts
Ryan Suzuki: The first overall pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection is one of the most exciting players to watch this season. A potential top 10 pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, the high scoring center has 11 points in 4 games so far this season. One of the two “A” ranking prospects on the North American Players to Watch List, Suzuki hopes to stay atop the OHL in points and keep his stock at a high.
Players To Watch – Niagara Ice Dogs
Philip Tomasino: After a rookie season that saw the Mississauga, Ontario native put up 24 points in 61 games, Tomasino is hoping to improve on those numbers with his increased role with the Ice Dogs. The 5th overall pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection is also named to the North American Players to Watch list. The hopeful 2nd round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, the “B” ranking Tomasino is a player to keep an eye on.