Weekend Game PreviewsJan 03, 2013 - 08:03 EST
Written By: Egert, Jan
The Mississauga Steelheads (19-14-0-3, 41 points, 6th Eastern Conference) embark on another weekend with divisional significance, hosting the Niagara Ice Dogs (22-14-1-1, 46 points, 3rd Eastern Conference) and Sudbury Wolves (16-16-2-5, 39 points, 7th Eastern Conference).Mississauga fell to Niagara 6-4 after chasing an early four goal deficit the last time the teams met on Nov. 30. Sudbury snuck past the Steelheads 3-1 on Dec. 16, the last game before the Christmas Holidays.
Game Notables vs. Niagara Ice Dogs:
#28 STUART PERCY has played in more games against the IceDogs (29), recorded more assists (12) and penalty minutes (24) than against any other OHL opponent.
#32 TYSON TEICHMANN recorded his first career OHL win against Niagara on NOV. 14, 2009, then as a member of the Belleville Bulls
CHRISTOPHER FESTARINI has recorded an Eastern Conference best three shutouts this season; one each against Kitchener, Saginaw and Ottawa.
Game Notables vs. Sudbury Wolves:
#2 DYLAN DEMELO is a career high plus-19 against Sudbury. He has recorded 12 career assists against the Wolves, more than against any other OHL opponent.
#34 LUCAS VENUTO recorded the game winning goal in a shoot out against Sudbury’s Taylor Dupuis on Oct. 28. Venuto is 1 for 2 in shoot outs this season.
Sudbury’s MATTHEW CAMPAGNA, a Mississauga native, is currently enjoying a 14-game point streak, which includes six goals and 20 assists in that span. It is the third longest in the OHL this season, trailing only Niagara’s Ryan Strome and Erie’s Connor McDavid’s 15-game point streaks.
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Did you know?
#25 RILEY BRACE has scored 23 goals against Niagara (12) and Sudbury (11) in his career; more than against any other opponents in the OHL. Brace recorded the first two hat-tricks of his career against this weekend’s opponents, achieving the feat against the Wolves on Dec. 17, 2010 and against the IceDogs on Sept. 29, 2011.
Niagara has earned 14 points in games that went longer than 60 minutes, more than any other Central Division team. Mississauga has recorded 11 points in seven games that went into overtime or a shoot out.
Sudbury owns the OHL’s most effective power play at home at a 30.1% success rate. The Wolves rank only 18th when on the road at a 14.5% success rate.
Mississauga's games against Niagara andSudbury will be broadcast regionally on Rogers Mississauga Channel 10. The OHL Action Pack delivers every out of market game, including Niagara on Channel 470 and Sudbury on Channel 461.