The Mississauga Steelheads finished off a perfect weekend with a 3-2 shootout win over the Windsor Spitfires, Feb. 10, at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre.
The win comes on the heels of a pair of thrilling wins for the rebuilding club over the two top teams in the Eastern Conference.
Mississauga kicked off the busy weekend with a 3-1 victory on the road, Feb. 7, over the Central Division leading Niagara Ice Dogs and then handed the Ottawa 67’s, the OHL’s top team, a 2-1 shootout loss the next night.
“The boys really played hard together,” Mississauga general manager and head coach James Richmond said after the Windsor win. “I think we had (53) shots today, so there’s not a lot more there I can ask for.
“We had some breakdowns defensively, but I thought for the most part we controlled the game really well. We had a great weekend.”
C.J. Clarke and Nick McHugh scored for the Steelheads (26-21-5-1), with Cole Carter potting the lone goal of the shootout. Jacob Ingham made 27 saves to record his second shootout win in as many games.
Mississauga has now won seven of its last 10 games.
Tyler Angle and Cole Purboo scored for Windsor (21-28-3-3), which moved three points up on the Erie Otters for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference standings.
Clarke had the lone goal of the opening period when he buried a rebound off an Adam Varga shot
that was kicked in front by Windsor goaltender Colton Incze.
Angle tied it midway through the second period with the Spitfires on the power play, before McHugh put the Steelheads back on top with just one second remaining in the frame.
The former Kitchener Ranger picked up a block Thomas Harley shot in front and backhanded it past Incze.
Purboo sent the game into overtime with just 2:25 remaining, but Cole Carter snapped a shot into the top left corner during the shootout to give the Steelheads their third-straight win.
Mississauga returns to action Feb. 13, when they travel to Hamilton to take on the Bulldogs. Game time is 7 p.m.
photo: Jacob Ingham made 27 saves and stopped all three shootout attempts to help the Mississauga Steelheads defeat the Windsor Spitfires, 3-2, in OHL action, Feb. 10, at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre. Terry Wilson/OHL Images