SOTI Weekly Preview – A Bear-y Busy Weekend
Mississauga plays an all divisional three-in-three this weekend, culminating with the annual Teddy Bear Toss game on Sunday afternoon against the Niagara Ice Dogs.
The Mississauga Steelheads in partnership with Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, host their Annual Teddy Bear Toss game this Sunday at 4 p.m., when the Niagara IceDogs visit the Paramount Fine Foods Centre. Now in its eleventh season, the Teddy Bear Toss supports Jumpstart and their mission to help kids in need participate in sport and play. Since 2005, Jumpstart has helped more than 3.5 million kids across Canada. Bring your stuffed animal and throw it on the ice after the Steelheads score and support Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities!
Teddy Bears will also be for sale on the concourse before and during the game, and all the stuffed animals from the ice will be collected and donated to Boys and Girls Club of Peel.
Plus, the Steelheads Holiday Pack is available on Sunday, where you can get 4 tickets, and 4 toques, for just $125 + fees!
The Teddy Bear Toss is also a Steelheads Winning Night, so if the Trout secure the win, then all fans in attendance will win free tickets to the game on December 17.
Click here to get your tickets today!
December 8th vs North Bay Battalion (13-9-4-1) @ 7:00pm
The weekend begins with a matchup between the top two teams in the Central Division when North Bay comes to town to take on the Steelheads. Tickets to the game can be purchased by clicking here.
Tale of the Tape – The highest scoring game of Mississauga’s season came in North Bay earlier this year. They won a 7-6 contest, overcoming a 6-4 deficit in the third period.
Player to Watch – Porter Martone continues to show why he is one of the most highly touted young players in the Ontario Hockey league, amassing four points in his last two games. He leads the team in goals with 17, and had his best statistical game against the Battalion in October. He put up a hat trick and an assist, setting a career high for points in a game with four.
The Opponent – North Bay currently sits in third place in the Eastern Conference and second in the Central Division with 31 points. They are only two points behind the Steelheads for first, however have also played two more games. They are led by Anthony Romani who sits fourth in the league in points (43) and second in goals (22).
December 9th @ Barrie Colts (11-13-0-0) @ 7:00pm
The middle game of the three-in-three will see the Steelheads taking a trip north to Barrie to take on a heated division rival. You can watch the away games by purchasing CHL TV, accessible on the CHL mobile app, in addition to Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire, and online at watch.chl.ca.
Tale of the Tape – This will be the third of six contests this season between these two clubs and the first of three in Barrie. The previous two meetings saw the Colts defeat Mississauga by scores of 3-1 and 6-1.
Player to Watch – Zander Veccia is coming off one of the best weekends of his season, putting up three points in two games with two gorgeous goals and a beautiful play to set up a Luke Misa goal. He has also been one of the most impactful players on the ice recently, creating scoring chances and having a positive impact on every shift. His 21 points is fourth on the team.
The Opponent – Barrie currently sits eighth in the Eastern Conference and fourth in the Central Division with 22 points. Special teams have been a big issue for them this season, as they rank in the bottom four of the OHL on both the power play and penalty kill. Goaltender Sam Hillebrandt has had a very strong season and was rewarded this week by being invited to the USA World Junior camp for the upcoming IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.
December 10th vs Niagara IceDogs (6-15-4-1) @ 4:00pm – Teddy Bear Toss!
Mississauga wraps up their busy weekend against the IceDogs with one of the most popular games on the calendar, the Teddy Bear Toss game!
Tale of the Tape – These teams haven’t played each other in over two months, only meeting once this season on October 4th. The Steelheads were victorious 2-0, with Ryerson Leenders making 29 stops en route to his first career OHL shutout.
Player to Watch – Luke Misa hit the 150 game milestone last week against London, and what a performance he had. The 2024 NHL draft prospect recorded his second hat trick of the season in a 5-1 win over the Knights. He followed up that performance by scoring again on Sunday in the first period, before recording the lone goal in the shootout to give the Steelheads a perfect weekend.
The Opponent – Niagara is last in the Eastern Conference with 17 points, however they have won their last two games against two of the best teams in the league. They took a 4-3 decision on the road against the Kitchener Rangers Friday before beating the Peterborough Petes 2-1 at home on Sunday. Marcus Vandeberg was the OHL goalie of the week after getting the first star in both contests, stopping 77 of 81 shots he faced from two very high-powered offenses.