Three goals and an assist from Steelheads’ leading scorer Alexander Nylander capped off a six goal third period as Mississauga came back from a three goal, third period deficit to take game two 6-3. Nylander, who missed game one with an undisclosed injury, did not disappoint in his first career OHL playoff game as the Swede racked up 4 points in the win.
The Colts would get on the board first as Josh Carrick’s point shot bounced off a player in front and landed on the stick on Justin Scott who buried it by a sprawling Jack Flinn. The goal was Scott’s first of the postseason as Andrew Mangiapane collected the secondary assist on the tally.
The remainder of the period saw a fast-paced, back and forth chippy affair that saw both teams generate quality scoring chances. However, Mackenzie Blackwood and Jack Flinn were stellar in the first as Blackwood stopped all 11 shots he faced while Flinn turned aside 15 of the 16 shots sent his way.
Barrie would begin the second on the powerplay as Michael McLeod was sent off for slashing with 28 seconds left in the first. The man advantage seemed to spark the team as they dominated the first 6 minutes of the period. That energy paid dividends as Rasmus Andersson picked up a loose puck shorthanded following a Steelheads’ turnover and snapped a laser bar down on Flinn to extend the Colts’ lead to 2-0.
With five minutes left in the second, the Colts would go up by three as Anthony Stefano redirected Greg DiTomaso’s pass through Flinn’s legs as the puck squeaked over the line as Stefano recorded his first goal of the playoffs.
Despite allowing three goals through the first forty minutes, Jack Flinn kept the Steelheads in the game as he stopped 29 of 32 shots to keep the Colts lead to three heading in the third. On the other side, Mackenzie Blackwood continued his stellar play, stopping all 20 shots he saw to preserve the shutout.
The third saw the game take a complete 180 degree turn as the Colts, who dominated the first two periods, became the dominated as the Steelheads began to take control of the game.
Mississauga would get on the board 7 minutes into the third as Everett Clark cleaned up the Stefan LeBlanc rebound in front and buried it by Blackwood for his first goal of the playoffs.
Moments after Clark, the Steelheads would cut the Colts’ lead to one as Michael McLeod fed Alexander Nylander who slipped the backhand by Blackwood for his first of the game, as well as the postseason.
With under 7 minutes to go, Mississauga completed the comeback as Everett Clark would set up Nylander who was perfect position to take the pass and bury the one-timer home for his second of the night.
The Steelheads took their first lead of the game with 3:46 to go as deadline pick-up Mason Marchment scooped up a loose puck in the slot and went top shelf for his first of the playoffs as Damian Bourne and Ryan McLeod picked up assists on the play.
Daniel Muzito-Bagenda put the game away with 1:53 left in the third. Following a Colts’ turnover, Nylander and Muzito-Bagenda would break in on a 2 on 1 with Nylander setting up Muzito-Bagenda with a beautiful cross ice pass as he put home his first of the playoffs.
Nylander would add an empty netter as the Colts fall to the Steelheads 6-3.
Turnaround is quick after a chippy affair between the two teams. Games 3 and 4 will take place tomorrow and Thursday night respectively at Mississauga’s Hershey Centre before the series shifts back to Barrie Saturday night. Get your tickets now by visiting BMC Box Office or going to www.ticketbreak.com.