SOTI Weekly Preview – Winter is Coming
The Steelheads have a trio of tough matchups against the Guelph Storm, London Knights and Sudbury Wolves to finish off November and begin December.
Sunday’s game is sponsored by Team Alair. Team Alair works with Hockey Helps the Homeless, and we are doing a food drive with non-perishable items in collaboration with them for Sunday’s game against Sudbury. Anyone who donates a canned item will receive a 20% discount at the bait shop! On top of that, you will also be placed in a random draw to win a two-night stay at the luxurious Toronto Park Hyatt Hotel, a 12 person suite for a future Steelheads game and a team signed jersey! Anyone who donates to Team Alair/HHTH page or brings a food donation will be entered in to win! Draw will be announced at the end of the day on Dec. 15, 2024.
November 29th vs Guelph Storm, 11:00am – School Day Game
In the Steelheads annual school day game they will take on one of the hottest teams in the OHL, the Guelph Storm (14-8-0-1).
Player to Watch – Jack Ivankovic is expected to get the start Wednesday, and he has been outstanding in his rookie season. He is coming off the best performance of his young career, backstopping a 48 save shutout in Erie on Saturday night. His 0.935 save percentage would lead the league, however he hasn’t played in enough games to qualify.
Tale of the Tape – These two clubs have already matched up once this season with Mississauga winning in Guelph 3-2 on October 13th. Chas Sharpe had a pair of goals and Ivankovic recorded his first career victory.
The Opponent – The Storm have won three straight games and four of their last five, including an 8-6 decision over the top team in the Western Conference, the Kitchener Rangers. Brayden Gillespie has been one of the best goalies in the league this year, as he is top five in both save percentage (0.910) and goals against average (2.67).
December 1st @ London Knights, 7:00pm
Mississauga will head on the road for their only away game this weekend when they take on last year’s Western Conference Champions the London Knights (15-8-0-1).
Player to Watch – This game will be Luke Misa’s 150th career OHL game. He has recorded 102 points over the past three seasons, with 24 goals and 78 assists. He sits 11th all time in assists in Steelheads history.
Tale of the Tape – This is the Steelheads first matchup with London this season, and their only trip to the Forest City. The two clubs split their season series a year ago, with both games finishing by a score of 5-4.
The Opponent – The Knights currently sit third in the Western Conference, five points behind the Rangers for top spot, and Easton Cowan has been a big part of their success. The Toronto Maple Leafs first round draft pick leads the team in assists and is also top of the OHL in short-handed goals (3). Their power play has also been a weapon this year, converting at a 29.1% clip.
December 3rd vs Sudbury Wolves, 2:00pm – Sponsored by Team Alair/HHTH
The Steelheads wrap up their week with a Sunday afternoon affair against a divisional rival, the Sudbury Wolves (12-10-1-0).
Player to Watch – Mason Zebeski is coming off one of his best weekends as a Steelhead, scoring four goals including his first career hat trick against Erie. The 2021 11th round pick has taken a big leap this year as he has already surpassed his point total from last season.
Tale of the Tape – Mississauga dropped the first game between these teams on October 18th by a score of 5-2. Finn Harding and Angus MacDonell scored the goals for the Steelheads. It’s been a very even matchup historically, as Sudbury has won 14 out of their 27 contests over the last five seasons.
The Opponent – The Wolves currently occupy the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. Their struggles on special teams have hurt them this season – their 8.9% power play percentage is the worst in the OHL and the 76.8% penalty kill percentage is fifth-worst. Quentin Musty, a San Jose Sharks first round pick from this past NHL draft, leads the team with 11 goals.