James Hardie and Jacob Ingham were right at home in their return to the Barrie Molson Centre.
Hardie scored once and added an assist and Ingham made 30 saves as the Barrie triple-A minor midget graduates helped lead the Mississauga Steelheads to a 2-1 victory over the Barrie Colts in Ontario Hockey League action on Oct. 4. The win was the third straight for the Steelheads (3-1-1), while the Colts (2-2-1) have now dropped two in a row.
Hardie and the Steelheads gave Ingham all the offence he would need on the night just five minutes into the contest. The Innisfil native, who was making his OHL debut in his old home rink, set up Cole Carter to put Mississauga ahead just 14 seconds into the game. The 16-year-old winger scored what proved to be the winner a little more than four minutes later when he tapped in a cross-crease pass by Carter to make it 2-0. The eighth overall selection of the Steelheads in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection, Hardie was named the game’s first star and now has three goals and four points in his first five OHL games.
Ingham, 18, picked it up from there. Matej Pekar jammed home a rebound with Barrie on the power play at 7:57 of the first to cut the lead to one, but the Barrie native slammed the door after that. Ingham, a sixth-round selection (175 overall) by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, has started all five games for Mississauga this season.
Jet Greaves, making his OHL debut in goal for Barrie, gave up the two early goals but settled in from there. The 16-year-old kicked aside 28 of 30 shots to earn third-star honours.
The Colts head out on an Eastern road swing this weekend, beginning with an Oct. 6 contest against the Ottawa 67’s at and wrapping Thanksgiving weekend with an Oct. 7 tilt against the Kingston Frontenacs. Both games start at 2 p.m.
The Steelheads will look to make it four in a row when they host to the Niagara IceDogs Oct. 5. Game time at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre is 7 p.m.
Photo: Former Barrie Colts triple-A minor midget star James Hardie’s return to the Barrie Molson Centre was a successful one. The Innisfil native had a goal and an assist to lead the Mississauga Steelheads to a 2-1 win over the Barrie Colts in OHL action on Oct. 4. Terry Wilson/OHL Images photo