The Mississauga Steelheads were looking for an offensive boost when they dealt for forward Alan Lysczarczyk back in late October.
Safe to say the left winger is delivering in a big way.
Lysczarczyk scored twice to power the Steelheads to a 5-2 win over the Erie Otters, Mar. 12, at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre.
Acquired from the Owen Sound Attack for three picks in the OHL Priority Selection, including a 2019 fifth-round pick, 2020 third-round pick and 2022 eighth-round pick, the overager now has a team-leading and career best 37 goals on the season and 77 points in 61 games.
Since arriving in Mississauga, Lysczarczyk has collected 33 goals and 33 assists in just 51 games and the two-goal effort against the Otters marked his eighth multi-goal game of the season.
Cole Carter and Cole Schwindt had a goal and assist each, while Aidan Prueter also found the back of the net for the Steelheads (31-27-5-2), who moved two points up on the Peterborough Petes for sole possession of fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Jacob Ingham kicked aside 28 of 30 shots in goal for Mississauga, which bounced back from a 5-3 loss in Erie three days ago.
Brendan Hoffmann and Emmett Sproule scored for the Otters (26-35-3-1), who still trail the Windsor Spitfires for eighth place and the final playoff spot in the Western Conference standings.
The win also snapped Mississauga’s three-game losing skid.
“We were sharper around their net,” Steelheads head coach James Richmond said in a recap on the club’s website.
Mississauga kicks off its final weekend of the regular season in St. Catharines on Mar. 14 when they take on the Niagara IceDogs at the Meridian Centre. Game time is 7 p.m.
The Steelheads wrap up the season at home, hosting the North Bay Battalion the next night and then Mar. 17 against the Barrie Colts.
photo: Alan Lysczarczyk scored twice to power the Mississauga Steelheads to a 5-2 win over the Erie Otters, Mar. 12, at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre. Luke Durda/OHL Images