Washkurak Leads Fish over Battalion
Mississauga, ON - The Mississauga Steelheads took on the North Bay Battalion on Friday night at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre.
The Steelheads controlled play throughout much of the first period. North Bay thought they scored the first goal, but the referee waved it off as he ruled the puck had not crossed the goal line. Mississauga went to the powerplay as the Battalion headed to the penalty box for delay of game but were unable to score. At the end of the first, the two teams were tied at zero but Mississauga lead in shots 15-6.
With the Steelheads in the penalty box, North Bay scored the first goal of the game on a bank pass off the boards that found its way to Luke Moncada in front of the net. Mississauga tied the game as Keean Washkurak found Richard Whittaker in the slot, who one-timed a shot up high on Vrbetic. Braden Henderson would score before the end of the period to make it 2-1 Battalion heading into the second intermission.
Mississauga's penalty kill would be tested to start the third period but came up big, fighting off a 5-on-3 opportunity for North Bay. A bouncing puck would find Washkurak in traffic, who wired a shot past Vrbetic to tie the game at two. The Steelheads would grab the lead with three minutes to go in the third period, as a shot from Aidan Prueter hit the crossbar, but Cole Schwindt was there to pick up the rebound. The Steelheads would hold on to win by a final score of 4-2.
St. Louis Blues prospect Keean Washkurak continued his strong play, registering 3 points (2G, 1A), while goaltender Kai Edmonds stopped 22/24 shots on goal in the win.
Following the game, Steelheads Head Coach and General Manager commented on Washkuraks strong play "It's been a natural progression for him. I loved him in his draft year. He plays with so much heart and hates losing. He's trying to put the team on his back, working hard in practice and in the gym."
1st star - Keean Washkurak (2G, 1A)
2nd star - Cole Schwindt (1G)
3rd star - Richard Whittaker (1G)
Prueter - Washkurak - Martin
Whittaker - Schwindt - Hardie
Isaacson - Portokalis - Collins
Dodig - DelBelBelluz - Stubbs
Harley - Bjorgvik Holm
Del Mastro - Ham
Penman - Sharpe
The Steelheads will travel to Sarnia for a road game on Saturday afternoon, before returning to the Paramount Fine Foods Centre on Sunday to take on Shane Wright and the Kingston Frontenacs.
Sunday's game marks the Steelheads annual Toys for Tots game, presented by Wawanesa Insurance, in partnership with the Peel Regional Police and Salvation Army. The Steelheads encourage all fans to support the toy drive by bringing an unwrapped gift or giving a cash donation at kiosks located at the main gates. Fans who donate will receive the chance to win a trip for two to the 2020 CHL Memorial Cup presented by Kia.
Tickets to Sunday's Toys for Tots game can be purchased by visiting the Box Office, online through ticketmaster.ca or by calling 905-502-9100.
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