Mississauga, ON – Recent trends continued at the Hershey Centre today. Mississauga launched another comeback after trailing by four goals and came up just short after scoring 3 late goals in the third for a 5-4 final score. Sudbury extended their unbeaten streak to 10 games; the Wolves are an Eastern Conference best 7-0-2-1 in that span.
The Steelheads played a conservative opening period, minimizing Sudbury chances and creating their own. Mississauga outhit and outshot the Wolves 13-6 in the first period, but the Wolves lead 1-0. Frank Corrado beat Tyson Teichmann from the point at 19:03.
Mississauga’s forecheck in the second period created chances, but Joel Vienneau extinguished any goal scoring opportunities. The Steelheads best chance to equalize came from a missed shot by Riley Brace midway through the period. A Mississauga turnover at the Sudbury blue-line gave Dominik Kubalik the option to find Joshua Leivo alone in the slot at 17:56 to extend the Wolves lead. Matthew Campagna extended his league best 16-game point streak a minute later, beating the Steelheads to the puck in front of Teichmann.
Nicholas Baptiste added a fourth Wolves’ goal before Josh Burnside found the back of the net to reduce the deficit. Kubalik and Leivo connected on an odd man rush a minute later, this time with Leivo assisting on Kubalik’s seventh goal of the season. A Spenser Cobbold forecheck and forced turnover allowed him to reap his reward on a shorthanded goal after a Sudbury mishap with 5:04 remaining. Brace and Stuart Percy scored on the power-play in the final minute; giving the Steelheads 22 seconds to complete another improbable comeback. Unfortunately, the equalizing goal eluded them.
Mississauga embarks on a six-game road trip before hosting West Division leaders, the Sarnia Sting on Wednesday, January 23 at 7:00 p.m. Great seats are still available by calling (905) 502-7788, visiting the Hershey Centre Box Office, or logging on to Ticketmaster.
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