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MISSISSAUGA, ON – The Mississauga Steelheads went head to head with the Kitchener Rangers in their first game of the 2012-2013 season at theHerseyCenter on Friday evening. The Steelheads kicked off their regular season in front of an energetic crowd of over 3,100 fans.
The game kicked off with a ceremonial puck drop with Steelheads owner Elliott Kerr and Mayor Hazel McCallion, who were joined by eight Mississauga Hockey League players. The Steelheads came out hungry, dominating the first 10 minutes of play, leading to a number of good scoring chances. Rangers goalie, John Gibson was up to the challenge, turning away everything the Steelheads fired at him. Not to be outdone, Spencer Martin equaled his counterpart, leading to a scoreless first period. After a back and forth start to the second period, Radek Faksa opened the score, with a power play mark at 12:16, which would end up being the only goal of the period.
The third period, much like the first two was back and forth, with both teams having their fair share of chances. Ultimately, the Steelheads were not able to equal the score andKitchenersealed the win with two late empty net goals.
Notwithstanding a 3-0 loss, the Steelheads will take a lot of positives away from this game, both on and off the ice. An enthusiastic crowd at the Hershey Centre cheered on the team from beginning to end and the Steelheads gave their fans plenty to be optimistic about.
The Molson 3 stars for the game were Radek Faksa, Spencer Martin, and John Gibson. Steelheads Spencer Martin received the Dickies Hardest Working Player of the Game award, putting him one step closer to becoming the OHL seasonal winner of a Dickies Canada $1,000 scholarship and prize.
The Steelheads are back in action this Sunday as they host the Barrie Colts in the second game of the Home Opener Weekend at 2:00pm at the Hershey Centre. Tickets are still available at the box office or at Ticketmaster.
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