Ice Dogs take 2 in Mississauga. November 7th 2014

It was  a tough night in Mississauga as the visiting Niagara Ice Dogs walked into the Hershey chocolate box  and won their 2nd game  in a row  in front of an electric crowd.

The Niagara Ice dogs and their newly acquired goaltender Brandon Hope come to the Chocolate box fresh of a win against Connor McDavid and the Erie Otters. It only took 1 goal for and stellar goal tending both ways but Hope was the better tender in this game as the dogs shut out the Steelheads 3-0. The loss now leaves the Mississauga Steelheads at 6-8-1 tied for 7th in the east.

The Steelheads tested Hope early  in his debut with his new squad. Just over four minutes into the game, Spencer Martin made a pad save on Niagara forward  Billy Jenkins  however he could not control the puck and Jenkins found the twine to open the scoring.  Late in the period, Niagara scored there second goal of the game  as Danish import Mikkel Aagard scored on  a rebound.  Mississauga lead on the shot clock at the end of the first 17-11.

There was no scoring in the second period but lots of chances both ways as the Steelheads continue to out shoot Niagara 24-19.

The Steelheads hard what was probably the best opportunity to make a game of it with about 10 mins left in the third period with  a two-man advantage for two minutes. A two minute minor by Josh Burnside (crap call but that’s why you keep your stick on the ice, wont ever get into that situation if you do that) negated the five on three. The Ice Dogs would not look back and lock up the game with  five minute of play as Graham Knott scored on the power play to give the Ice Dogs their second win in as many nights.

Sebastian’s Pick 3:

 

3rd Star: Brandon Devlin

Brandon earned this one tonight. Nothing to show on the score sheet. In my opinion, he earned it because of what wasn’t on the score sheet. Devlin is known for taking at least one bad penalty in a game. Usually a selfish one. When things got chippy in this game, Brandon Kept his cool and was effective. Again not on the score sheet but he provided many shots from the point just know follow up from the forward’s getting the rebounds. Brandon fits well on this team. I think if he can control his emotions, he could easily be one of the best offensive defense men in the league this year.  Devlin has ten points through 15 games on pace for a career high and finds himself currently in the top twenty defense men in the league at number twenty.

2nd Star: Anthony DiFruscia 

I really liked the game Anthony played. He was physical and contributed with an assist on the Knott power play goal. He played all areas of the ice very well and deserved to be my second star of the game. One of my favorite players in this rivalry.

1st Star: Brandon Hope

Goalie just acquired from the Owen Sound Attack for 2 draft picks did not disappoint in his Ice Dogs debut stopping all 34 shots and earned the shut out. Brandon looked sloppy at times and visibly shaky in the first period but settled down as the game went on. The shut out was the 3rd of the overage goalies career in the Ontario Hockey League and was also his 55th career win. Brandon improved to 3-0 on the season.

PUCK NOTES
Guys like Josh Burnside, and Damian Bourne who are the leaders on this team  have to step it up offensively. Bourne has a physical element to his game and uses it wisely but from a quote from Boyd the day they signed Bourne: Steelheads Head Coach and GM, James Boyd likes what he sees in the Steelheads first-rounder. “Damian has all the skills to be a valuable contributor with our hockey club. He is a big mobile forward with a strong work ethic. We look forward to working with Damian this season.” We have yet to see all the skills he was raved to have. The time is now. I know we are only heading into the 2nd quarter of the season, but can’t keep letting winnable games slip between the cracks because they can’t score.

Bottom line Mississauga got beat. Steelheads were flat. A lot of aspects to the Steelheads play were exposed in the game and over the past few weeks. They have no natural goal scorer. Not to discredit the guys on this team who can provide decent production. Just have to develop a goal scorer or have to trade for one. Last years leading goal scorer was Bryson Cianfrone and Andrew Goldberg. Both had 17. On an average team in this league, you can expect your best second line  scorer to get 17. The Steelheads were the only team last year to not have a player score more then 25 goals. Now im not suggesting James Boyd go out and sell the farm to get a guy who can put the puck in this net. That being said, if we cant score more than 2.4 goals a game on average then id explore options. Moving forward though this team looks alright on the back end.  Spencer Martin has stood on his head and delivered. It starting to show why he at the age of 19 and as a goal tender has a professional contract. Defense has been tight in the absence of Sean Day but not much of an issue in my opinion. Still some weak spots on the back end but the top four on the back end are holding their own.  Forwards now have to do there part if they want to be a playoff team. Averaging 2.4 goals a game just wont cut it.

 

– Worth noting Mississauga only dressed 16 skaters and the normal 2 tenders tonight.

Sean Day and forward Michael McLeod will be back in the line up on the 14th as the Steel take on the Wolves. Both players were away at the under 17. Day finished with one goal and three assists and was tied for eighth place in tourney  scoring. McLeod finished the tourney with one assist.

-Former Steelheads goalie Dawson Carty looks to have settled into a 1a/1b situation in Kitchener. Not sure which one he is at this point but he earned his forth win in a row and on the campaign. Safe to say he may be getting the bulk of starts if he keeps playing like he has as of late. Current record sits at 4-0-1 with a .913 save %.

-Steelheads hit the road to face the Erie Otters at 5:30pm on the 11th.

Spencer Martin will be  in both Subway Super Series games this year! Thursday November 13th in Peterborough, and November 17th in Kingston.

 

The next home game is: 

Sudbury Wolves, Friday November 14th, 7:30 pm.  This game the team will be honoring the longest serving mayor the city of Mississauga has ever had,  Hazel McCallion. Come out for what will be a wonderful night. She loves this team and would love nothing more than for fans to pack the place. 

-Sudbury fans. I know a lot of you have boycotted the games in Sudbury. Well we have a great team here. Come support your kids on the road! They would love to have you as would we! If you plan to come please email me at the email provided below. It would be a great game!

Tickets can be purchased at the box office from the great friendly staff  at the arena during the hours of  9:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday

10:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday or order through Ticketmaster online and don’t worry, their are no service fees!

Tickets are so cheap too, one of the cheapest in the league!

 

 Red Seats                                                        Gold Seats                                                Platinum

Adult:     $16.90                                               $19.15                                                          $24.80

Student/Senior: $15.50                              $17.25                                                          $21.75

Child:  $14.50                                                   $16.25                                                         $20.50

 FUN CONTEST:

I am going to do a little contest as well. I am going to giveaway a brand new Steelheads jersey, 2 tickets to a future game and a $25 gift card to Tim Horton’s to a random fan who attends a Steelheads game and send’s a selfie of them at the game to sebastianjackson1990@gmail.com. I will draw a winner on December 1st. You can’t be a season seat holder! All who want to participate just email your pics!!

 

 

 

This article was written by Sebastian Jackson

This article may contain spelling and grammar errors. All I can say is I am working on it so please be patient with me.

 

Sebastian Jackson

Sebastian Jackson:

Born: Near Windsor Ontario

Studied at Centennial College In Toronto Ontario. I am a hockey blogger for the Mississauga Steelheads of the Ontario Hockey League. Currently reside in the Greater Toronto area. Favorite NHL team is the Toronto Maple Leafs. I have been doing freelance writing for 2 years now and its nice to finally have a home at local sports report.

I am very active in the community as I am  a proud advocate of Cystic Fibrosis Canada and The Canadian Cancer Society!

2 Comments

  1. Dan Gravelding

    November 8, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Totally agree man.

    Team needs a natural goal scorer

    Also agree the teams vets need to step up.

    1/4 of the season gone. Its early isn’t a valid excuse 3 weeks from now

  2. Jason Stevenson

    November 9, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    I don’t know why this gm is so hesitant on getting a natural goal scorer. We need 1.

    good blog post