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Steelheads Lose Tough One to the Frontenacs

November 28, 2021 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL) - Mississauga Steelheads News Release

The Steelheads put in a solid effort in front of a terrific home crowd but fell short in a 5-4 loss to the Kingston Frontenacs.

First Period

The Steelheads were looking to get back on the winning track in the annual Toys For Tots game as they squared off with the Kingston Frontenacs.

The Steelheads struck first with a powerplay goal at the 1:53 mark as Luca DelBelBelluz scored his 11th goal of the season, courtesy of a great setup from James Hardie and Kasper Larsen.

Kingston responded with a powerplay goal of their own at the 11:08 mark as Lucas Petric shot from the point, which got past Steelheads netminder Roman Basran. The Frontenacs then took the lead with four minutes remaining with Jordan Frasca's wide-open shot past Basran.

Kingston extended their lead to three as Francesco Arcuri flew past the Steelheads defence and shot the puck past Basran at the 18:15 mark. With 49.3 seconds remaining, the Frontenacs capped off the opening frame with Martin Chromiak intercepting a Steelheads pass, going top corner past the Steelheads' netminder to give Kingston a 4-1 lead.

Shots On Goal - Frontenacs 13/Steelheads 11

Second Period

Excellent play by the Steelheads led to the comeback in the second period. Owen Beck got things started at the 4:20 mark, sniping the puck past Kingston netminder Leevi Merilainen for his seventh of the year. Hardie and Aidan Prueter received credit for the assists.

At the 11:02 mark, the Steelheads' offence continued to find their stride as Ole Bjorgvik-Holm found paydirt with his second goal of the season, cutting the Frontenacs lead to 4-3. Zakary Lavoie and Larsen received the assists. Hardie completed the comeback in the middle frame with a beautiful shot past Merilainen at the 16:13 mark. DelBelBelluz received credit for the assist.

Steelheads netminder Basran had a quiet second period, but his great glove saves on Kingston's Lucas Edmonds at the 1:12 mark set the stage for the great Steelheads in the middle frame.

Shots On Goal - Frontenacs 6/Steelheads 15

Third Period

The Steelheads established an excellent tempo to begin the third period, generating multiple chances throughout the final frame but were unable to find the equalizer. Kingston retook the lead at the 15:47 mark as Francesco Accuri tallied his second goal of the game with a sneaker past Basran.

With over two minutes remaining, the Steelheads inserted the extra attacker, putting substantial pressure in the attacking zone, only for the Frontenacs' stingy defence to seal the game.

Shots On Goal - Frontenacs 8/Steelheads 10

Three Stars

James Hardie (MISS) (1G, 2A)

Franseco Accuri (KGN) (2G)

Luca DelBelBelluz (MISS) (1G,1A)

Next up for the Steelheads is on Friday night (December 3) as they host the Ottawa 67's. Puck drop is 7:00 pm.

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