The Paramount Fine Foods Centre is home to the Mississauga Steelheads who returned to action on Friday evening, playing host to the Oshawa Generals. The two teams have players out of their rosters as those players are with their respective international teams for the 2019 World Juniors. However, this game still had plenty of talent to make it an entertaining tilt.
The Steelheads were led by point leader Cole Carter in the absence of Owen Tippett who at this time is with Team Canada. Despite this, Cole was determined to get his Mississauga team back in the win column for a second consecutive game after having won their last one back on Sunday December 16th by a score of 3-1.
The Steelheads, having a mediocre start to the Ontario Hockey League season, are looking to get the second half started on the right foot. The Fish get the scoring started on the power play as Alan Lyszczarczyk sends it to Liam Ham who buries his 3rd of the year to make it 1-0 early for Mississauga. Cole Carter added the secondary assist on the game’s opening goal.
The Mississauga Steelheads pushed the pace in the first period against the Generals as Oshawa looked sluggish and out of sorts to start the first frame. Mississauga would retrieve another power play and possession in the Oshawa end. Just as their power play expired, Cole Carter with a terrific set-up pass to Alan Lyszczarczyk who would bank it to put the Steelheads up 2-0 on Oshawa. Ryan McLeod added the secondary assist on the Steelheads second goal of the game.
The second period was much of the same as the first period with Mississauga pushing the pace of the game and in control until the final ten seconds. This would be when Oshawa forward Danil Antropov slides the puck past Jacob Ingham to get the Generals on the board. The second period would end 2-1 for the Steelheads while the Generals only had Aidan Hughes, their recently acquired goaltender, to thank for that.
A delay of game penalty would send the Steelheads down a man to start the 3rd period. On the ensuing power play, Danil Antropov of the Oshawa Generals finds a wide open Alan McShane at the right post and he makes no mistake to tie it up at two apiece early on.
The Generals would then gain a whole lot of life in the third and final period period as Mitchell Brewer scores his third of the year and the third in a row for Oshawa to take the lead from Mississauga. The Steelheads, who had all the control to start the game, would quickly begin to loose it, giving the Generals the headway necessary for them to pull off a massive comeback effort. Anthony Salinitri was next to keep the gas pedal down for the Oshawa Generals as he buried another goal halfway through the third to make it 4-2 over the Steelheads.
Mississauga unfortunately would not hear the last of the Oshawa Generals as late in the third period, Oshawa forward Alan Mcshane would go bar down to make it 5-2 Generals. As the Steelheads couldn’t put a stop to the Oshawa flurry and comeback, the Generals would add another goal late in the third period as Serron Noel buried his 22nd of the year to make it 6-2 for Oshawa with a last bout of offensive production.
The Generals win their 21st game of the year and the Steelheads, who started this game with all the confidence in the world, could not maintain it for a full sixty minutes. Mississauga now sits one game above .500 and remains in third place overall in the Ontario Hockey League’s Central Division.