Trout Force Game 7
After coming off a 3-0 shutout victory on Saturday night, the Colts were looking to finish off the Eastern conference quarter finals at the Hershey Centre on Sunday afternoon. However, the Mississauga Steelheads came up with a big showing and were able to force a game 7 after taking it to the Colts in a 7-0 win.
Similar to both games previously played in Mississauga this series, the Steelheads were able to get on the board first and quiet the Colts early offence. Sunday afternoon though, the Colts would give up 3 goals in the first 6:11 of the first period, forcing Colts starter, David Ovsjannikov from the crease.
Early in the game, the Steelheads would snag their first goal of the game when Brendan Harrogate was able to find the back of the net for his first playoff goal, while Jason Smith and Marcus Dickerson recorded the assists.
Not long after, the Colts looked to have tied the game though when Justin Scott came around the corner and fired a shot through Jack Flinn’s five hole. However, as the puck was crossing the line, the officials called offsetting penalties on Andrew Mangiapane and Stefan LeBlanc, ultimately negating the goal.
Less than a minute later and playing 4 on 4 due to those penalty calls, the Steelheads added another when Sean Day fired a wrist shot that beat Ovsjannikov glove side. Alexander Nylander and Mason Marchment assisted on the second Trout goal. Then, another minute later, the Steelheads gained a 3-0 lead when Michael McLeod scored his second playoff goal after going in on a 2 on 1 with Josh Burnside. Austin Osmanski also assisted on the Steelheads third goal.
The Steelheads third goal would force the Colts to switch up the backend, putting Mackenzie Blackwood in goal for the Colts. The remainder of the period would see Blackwood stop everything that came his way, but the Colts weren’t able to put anything past Flinn either. Shots through the first 20 minutes were 8-7 in favour of the Steelheads.
Two minutes into the second period, the Steelheads would extend their lead to 4-0 when Owen Tippett fired a shot on net and Mason Marchment was cutting through the slot and was able to put it home for his 2nd of the playoffs. Ryan McLeod would also assist on the goal.
Midway thorugh the second period, the Colts were forcing and throwing plenty of shots on Flinn, but weren’t able to get anything past him. Notably Kevin Labanc hit the post, and the top Colts line of Andrew Mangiapane, Justin Scott and Labanc were generating chances. Shots through the middle frame once again saw the Steelheads outshoot the Colts, 12-11.
The third period would see the Colts struggle with their discipline as more than 10 infractions would called against. Early in the period, the Colts started a man down as Labanc was penalized from the end of the second period, then the parade to the box continued. The Steelheads would make good use of those man advantage opportunities.
Their first of three goals in the third period came past the midway point of the period at even strength when Jared Walsh scored. Nylander and Sean Day assisted. Then, with three minutes to play in the game, Daniel Muzito-Bagenda scored his 6th goal of the series. Michael McLeod and Jared Walsh assisted on the Steelheads 6th goal. The Trout would add a late goal with 9 seconds remaining when Owen Tippett scored his first of the playoffs.
Through 60 minutes the Steelheads outshot the Colts 35 to 24 and went 2 for 10 on their power play opportunities. Meanwhile, the Colts were held to 0 for 3 on their rare man-advantage chances.
With Sunday afternoon’s loss, the Colts and Steelheads will be back in Barrie Tuesday, April 5th for a 7:30pm puck drop. To purchase tickets, please visit the BMC Box Office or online at www.ticketbreak.com.