Mathieu Foget admits he feels more at home playing centre. After starting the year on the wing with the Ottawa 67’s, the Mississauga Steelheads trade deadline acquisition was returned to what he calls his natural position and the move has paid off in a big way.
Foget improved his scoring streak to seven games after recording a goal and three assists to power the Steelheads to a 7-4 victory over the Barrie Colts, Feb. 22, at the Barrie Molson Centre. The over-age centre now has 19 goals and 53 points in 57 games this season. In just 20 games with the Steelheads, he has racked up eight goals and 22 assists for 30 points.
Despite being without top forwards Michael McLeod and Trent Fox in Barrie, the Steelheads offence was just fine thanks to Foget and linemates Owen Tippett and Michael Little. The trio, led by Foget’s four-point night, combined for four goals and 10 points to give Mississauga a third-straight win over its Central Division rivals.
Little, with a pair, Tippett, Nicolas Canade, Carter Cole and Ryan McLeod also scored for the Steelheads (26-28-1-2), who remained five points ahead of the Peterborough Petes for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with three weeks remaining in the season.
Dmitry Sokolov, Joey Keane, Jason Willms and Andrei Svechnikov scored for the Colts (34-21-2-1), who sit atop the Central Division standings.
The Steelheads built a 5-1 lead and chased Barrie starting goalie Leo Lazarev from the net midway through the second, before the Colts tried to rally. Three straight Barrie goals cut the lead to one midway through the third period, but Cole Carter forced a turnover at his own blue line with just 4:17 remaining and raced down the ice before sliding the puck between the pads of Kai Edmonds, who had replaced Lazarev in the Barrie net.
Foget sealed the deal with an empty net goal with just 28 seconds remaining. Emanuel Vella made 37 saves to pick up his third-straight win over Barrie.
The Steelheads return to the Hershey Centre on Feb. 23 to host the Niagara IceDogs. Game time is 7 p.m.
Photo: Stephen Gibson and the Mississauga Steelheads made it three-straight wins over the Barrie Colts with a 7-4 victory at the Barrie Molson Centre. Miranda Zilkowsky photo.