SmartStop Post-Game Recap – Steelheads Tame Wolves
MISSISSAUGA, ON – Luke Misa’s shootout winner gave the Mississauga Steelheads a 5-4 win over the Sudbury Wolves on Sunday afternoon at Paramount Fine Foods Centre.
Misa had the only goal in the shootout as he made a beautiful move and went top-shelf on the backhand to secure the victory for the Steelheads.
Jack Ivankovic made 22 saves on 26 shots, and stopped all three shootout attempts to get his fifth win of the year. Finn Harding, Porter Martone, Zander Veccia, and Misa had the regulation goals for Mississauga (16-8-1-0).
For Sudbury (13-10-1-1), Quentin Musty had three assists, while Landon McCallum, Dalibor Dvorsky, David Goyette, and Nick DeAngelis scored their goals. Jakub Vondras made 27 saves in the loss.
After a few games in a row where the first period was scoreless, Mississauga changed up the script early on Sunday. Just 92 seconds into the afternoon and the Steelheads pressuring on the forecheck, Harding picked up the loose puck in front of the goal and fired it past Vondras to give the home team an early lead.
They didn’t stop there, as 88 seconds after the opening marker Misa continued his recent hot streak when Vondras poked a loose puck right onto his stick, and he fired it home to make it a 2-0 game just three minutes in. The goal was the forward’s fourth goal in his last three periods.
The Wolves got back in it midway through the frame when Kieren Witkowski got called for high sticking, and Sudbury took advantage. While awaiting the delayed call, Matthew Mania’s shot was stopped by Ivankovic, but he was unable to locate the puck. McCallum was in the right place at the right time, putting it into the open cage to cut the deficit to one.
Moments later and with Sudbury already up a man, they would make the Steelheads pay on another delayed call. Dvorsky ripped a shot from the right circle that Ivankovic got a piece of, but not enough as it squeaked through to tie it up at two.
The parade to the penalty box continued when Martone ran into Vondras trying to play the puck, getting called for charging and putting his team down two men.
For the third time in the period the Wolves took advantage of Mississauga’s lack of discipline, although this one took some good fortune. Dvorsky took a slapshot from the point, breaking his stick in the process. The puck somehow found its way over to Goyette who shot it past Ivankovic to give his team a 3-2 lead heading into the first intermission.
Seven minutes into the second Mississauga finally got on the power play when Nick Yearwood took Sudbury’s first penalty of the game for shooting the puck over the glass.
After the Wolves scored two power play goals in the first, the Steelheads returned the favor when Fibigr’s shot created chaos in front and Martone found the puck on the doorstep to tie things at three.
Mississauga would regain the lead with 3:29 left in the middle period when Veccia walked into the slot and absolutely wired a wrist shot past the blocker of Vondras and into the top corner to make it 4-3.
With just over seven minutes remaining in regulation, Sudbury knotted things up once more, again taking advantage of a Mississauga penalty.
After Mark Boudreau took a tripping penalty, DeAngelis found the back of the net just four seconds into the power play following a clean faceoff win, making it a 4-4 game.
The game looked like it was going to go Mississauga’s way when Musty was given a five minute major for a slew foot with a minute remaining in the third, however they were unable to capitalize on it to end the period or in overtime, sending it to a shootout.
Total Shots – 26 SBY / 31 MISS
- Luke Misa (1G, Shootout Winner)
- Finn Harding (1G, 1A)
- Jack Ivankovic (22SV, W)
The Steelheads play a three-in-three this coming weekend, with home games against the North Bay Battalion on Friday and the Niagara Icedogs on Sunday. Buy your tickets here.