After a hard-fought matchup on Sunday between the Mississauga Steelheads and Kingston Frontenacs, the Steelheads came out on top in a matinee battle at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre. Mississauga won by a score of 5-2 in the GTA suburb and were led by 2020 NHL draft-eligible center Aidan Prueter and Duncan Penman.
Mississauga started off hot, firing on all cylinders early on in the first. The home team opened the scoring about seven minutes into the game where Nick Isaacson would get the puck over to Duncan Penman with a smart drop-pass. He then proceeded to fire a shot of his own past Christian Propp. Kingston fired back with a short-handed goal to tie the game up at one, this seeing Zayde Wisdom score his 18th of the season with just under five minutes left to play in the frame.
The Frontenacs equalizer did little to silence the Steelheads on Sunday afternoon as the home team would get back on the board less than a minute after Kingston’s equalizer. Aidan Prueter would sneak past the opposition, finding himself alone in front of the backstop. Calvin Martin made no mistake, finding the Canadian with an exceptional pass, leaving the centreman in all alone with all the space in the world to find the net.
In the second period, the Steelheads two-goal scorers would work together to put the game away, this seeing Duncan Penman score his second of the game to finish off the weekend 2-0 on home ice. Keean Washkurak would win the face-off in the opposing Frontenacs zone and Aidan Prueter would receive the puck and pass it back to Duncan Penman standing back at the blue-line. Penman would then blast it past Propp to score the game-winning goal for Mississauga.
Exactly five minutes after Penman banked in the game-winning goal, William Portokalis got the insurance goal for the Steelheads with what would be his fifth goal of the season. The recently acquired Calvin Martin and Ty Collins both recorded the assists on Portokalis’ goal. It also happened to be Martin’s third assist of the afternoon.
The next goal of the game would be for Kingston in the game’s third period. Dawson Baker scored his 13th of the season with assists from rookies Maddox Callens and Francesco Arcuri. Despite Kingston putting pressure on Mississauga after scoring their second, the Steelheads kept the Frontenacs quietly at bay with Mississauga’s defence largely to credit for that. They had 14 shots in the third period alone which was almost as much as they had in the first two combined. Kingston would try and get another goal by pulling their goaltender in the final minutes, but Aidan Prueter capitalized on the empty-net by scoring a goal which would put it away.
The Steelheads would finish the game with 45 shots on the visiting Frontenacs, meanwhile, Kingston had 30, dropping their second game of the weekend on the road. Mississauga goaltender Kai Edmonds had a 28-save outing at home on Sunday, a performance which would give them the victory while earning his 10th win of the regular season. The Steelheads were able to shut down Frontenacs rookie sensation Shane Wright who has been on fire for his team as of late, entering the game on an 11-game point streak.
In that span, Shane Wright recorded 11 goals and six assists. This made for a total of 17 points in those 11 games played. Mississauga now sits fourth overall in the OHL’s Central Division while Kingston, on the other hand, sits at the bottom of the East Division in fifth place. The Steelheads are back in action on Thursday night at the WFCU Centre when they visit the Windsor Spitfires with puck drop falling at 7:05pmET. The game can be seen and heard on OHL Live and 800 AM CKLW, meanwhile, it can also be found in Mississauga region on Sauga 960 AM.