Jacob Cascagnette’s two-point performance propelled the Mississauga Steelheads to a 2-1 over the Ottawa 67’s, taking the very same 2-1 advantage in their best-of-seven series.
The game was a tight-checking affair that saw both teams lay it all out on the line looking for a crucial one-game lead in the series. 67’s head coach and general manager Jeff Brown says there were lots of great efforts across his lineup, but it will take the very best to beat Mississauga.
“We just weren’t at that level tonight,” he said. “But it’s one goal – that’s playoff hockey. We could have one of those games go our way.”
A scoreless first period saw the 67’s generate multiple scoring opportunities, outshooting Mississauga 10-9 in the first frame. However, they couldn’t best Jacob Ingham in the Steelheads net, and were in a scoreless tie through one.
However, the Steelheads didn’t have to wait too long before scoring the game’s first goal in the second period. 10 seconds after the puck dropped, Michael McLeod opened the scoring by finishing a pass across the slot from Cascagnette.
Ottawa answered at 7:31, after being awarded a five-on-three power play. Artur Tyanulin fed Noel Hoefenmayer in the slot, who teed up a howitzer of a one-timer to tie the game 1-1.
Mississauga would retake the lead at 13:46. Cascagnette added his second point on a five-hole goal, putting Mississauga over the top. They killed the clock and played a slow-paced third period, holding off the 67’s for a one-goal victory.
Ottawa now trails Mississauga two games to one in the best-of-seven eastern conference quarterfinal. They’ll look to bounce back in a pivotal game four, Thursday night at the Arena at TD Place.
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