Mississauga, ON - On a night where the franchise honoured Riley Brace for breaking the all-time games played mark with the Mississauga franchise, the Steelheads found a way to snap their season long winless streak.
Bobby MacIntyre had the first goal scoring opportunity for Mississauga on a partial breakaway. The Steelheads carried the play early but the league's third best power play struck to give Sarnia the lead. Nikolay Goldobin capitalized on a great pass from OHL top scorer Charlie Sarault to put the Sting ahead 1-0. Unlike previous games, the lead was short lived. MacIntyre equalized 90 seconds later, moments after Stuart Percy hit the post. Brace gave the Steelheads the lead less than a minute later, before Kristoff Kontos added a third on the power play. Mississauga headed into the break leading 3-1.
In the second period, Mississauga had ample opportunity to add a fourth, but were not able to capitalize on two one-man advantages. The missed chances proved costly as Davis Brown cut into the deficit beating Ryan Duhaime and Martin through their legs with less than two minutes remaining in the period.
A Steelheads team that had not tasted victory since defeating Niagara on January 4th needed a strong defensive effort in the third period. Sarnia fired 15 shots at Martin in the third but only generated a lone scoring chance. The newly crowned franchise leader in all-time games played received a Dylan Smoskowitz gift late in the third and allowed the Hershey Centre to exhale in the final seconds. Brace added his second goal of the game into an empty net.
Mississauga hosts the Saginaw Spirit on Friday at 7:30 pm at the Hershey Centre. Great seats are still available for both games by calling (905) 502 - 7788, visiting the Hershey Centre Box Office, or logging on to Ticketmaster.
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