After having a rough third period on Monday night in Barrie, the Colts were looking to rebound from a Game 2 loss. Tuesday night in Mississauga though wouldn’t be solved in 60 minutes, as it would need two overtime periods to ultimately decide a winner.
Despite plenty of chances, the Colts were unable to pull through, and ultimately drop game 3 in Mississauga after more than 80 minutes of hockey.
The Steelheads would get off to an early start as the Daniel Muzito-Bagenda would get a feed from Mason Marchment. Muzito-Bagenda went high over Blackwood to open the scoring, potting his second goal of the series. Sean Day also grabbed an assist on the Steelheads opener.
Only 7:25 into the period, both Ben Hawerchuk and Cordell James were sent off for roughing penalties, awarding the Steelheads a full two-minute man advantage. Despite Mississauga pressing hard, they were unable to make anything happen as Mackenzie Blackwood came up with big saves, most notably flashing the glove with 30 seconds left in the man advantage.
With 8:45 to play in the first period, after the Steelheads were sprung on an odd-man rush, Everett Clark had his initial shot blocked, but Alexander Nylander was left alone to put the rebound home, giving the Steelheads a 2-0 lead. Nylander’s fourth goal of the playoffs came in only his second playoff game, while Muzito-Bagenda picked up an assist.
But, only a few minutes later, the Colts were able to cut the lead in half when Justin Scott sniped his 2nd goal of the playoffs. After Cameron Lizotte got the puck down low to Kevin Labanc, Labanc fed Scott coming into the slot. Scott made no mistake and ripped a shot that beat Flinn to make it a 2-1 game.
With plenty of chances on either end in the later half of the first period, the closest chance for the Steelheads came with just under 4 minutes to play as Owen Tippett skated in to the Colts zone and fired a snap shot off the cross bar.
In the last two and a half minutes, Labanc drove the Steelheads net and drew a roughing penalty on Sean Day. On the ensuing power play, it would be Labanc who would find the back of the net when he scored his second goal of the series. Rasmus Andersson and Julius Nattinen assisted on the Colts power play tally, tying the game 2-2 at the end of the first period.
The Steelheads outshot the Colts in the first period 12 to 6.
The Colts opened the second period on a power play as Stephen Gibson from the Steelheads was penalized with 3 seconds left in the first period. However, the Colts would be unable to capitalize on their opportunity.
The Steelheads would once again take the lead midway through the second frame when Muzito-Bagenda potted his second goal of the game. Burnside and Nylander assisted on the goal to give the Steelheads a 3-2 lead.
But only four minutes later, Scott would once again find the back of the net when he scored his second goal of the game with 6:41 to tie the game again. After a play in the Steelheads corner, Scott found the loose puck and was able to once again find a hole in Flinn and put one home to make it 3-3.
With 4 minutes left in the second, the Colts nearly had their fourth of the game after Labanc walked out from behind the Steelheads goal and fed Mangiapane in the slot. Mangiapane’s shot was saved, but Scott was on the doorstep as well, although unable to bury his third of the game.
In a back and forth, high intensity and physical third period, neither team would be able to find the back of the net as both Blackwood and Flinn stood strong. The Colts would fire 4 shots on net in the third verses Mississauga’s 11. Total shots through 60 minutes favoured the Steelheads 29-22.
With more time needed, an overtime frame wouldn’t even be able to solve Game 3. In the first overtime period, each team had plenty of chances, with both hitting the crossbar. The Colts hit the cross bar in the first half of the period, and then had another great chance with less than five minutes to play when Dylan Sadowy had a partial breakaway. He fired a shot as he had two defenders breathing down his back, but Flinn came up with a great save to keep his squad in the game.
The second overtime would be enough though, as the Steelheads would ultimately pull through. Two and a half minutes into the second overtime period, the Steelheads appeared to have won after a partial breakaway would be called a goal. In the process, the Steelheads forward would take out Blackwood, ultimately taking out the post. After the goal was deemed a no-goal, David Ovsjannikov replaced Blackwood in goal for the Colts. It would only take the Steelheads moments before they ultimately beat Ovsjannikov to claim Game 3. Josh Burnside fired a hard angle shot that squeaked past Ovsjannikov and the post, with the assists going to Nathan Bastian and Michael McLeod.
With the loss, the Colts now trail the series 2-1, with another game in Mississauga coming on Thursday.
The Colts will be returning home on Saturday, April 2nd for Game 5 of the best of seven series. For tickets to that game, visit the BMC Box Office or online at ticketbreak.com.