(Photo Via: Durham Region News/Jason Liebregts)
OSHAWA – On Wednesday night, the Oshawa Generals will defend their four-game winning streak against the Mississauga Steelheads at the Tributes Communities Centre.
This game is vital for both teams in their race for playoff positioning. The Generals come in sitting in 5th place in the OHL Eastern conference with 63 points, just two points back of Niagara who is in 4th at 65 points. The Steelheads are holding the 8th spot in the OHL Eastern conference with 59 points, they are just 3 points back of 7th place Ottawa.
Oshawa comes into this contest with a four-game winning streak intact. Over that span, the Generals have outscored their opponents 18-6 and have shutout their opponents twice. Their last win was a 2-0 victory over the Saginaw Spirit, where Kyle Keyser stopped all 26 shots that he faced, recording his 4th shutout of the season. While the Generals only beat Spirit goalie Evan Cormier once, and then tallied an empty net goal, Oshawa did have their share of opportunities. They directed 39 pucks towards the Spirit net. Averaging 4.5 goals per game over their win streak, Oshawa will look to continue to get pucks to the net against Mississauga on Wednesday night.
The Steelheads come in on a four-game winning streak of their own. Mississauga has scored 20 goals over that period, while giving up 10, recording one shutout. The last win for the steelheads came on Sunday when they beat Guelph 5-2 on the road. Cole Carter from Orleans, Ont., scored a hat trick in the game that allowed his team to come away with a victory. Carter has scored in 3 straight games, and in four of the last five. Emanuel Vella won his 15th game of the season, stopping 18 of 20 Guelph shots.
The two squads have met twice already this year. The first matchup came back on November 17th when Mississauga won 4-2 at home. Nicolas Hague of Kitchener, Ont., had a goal and an assist to help his team come away with a home victory. The only other meeting came just nine days after the first, on November 26th, the Generals came out with a 6-0 home victory. Cole Ceci recording 35 saves in the shutout effort that night. Serron Noel had a goal and assist in the victory.
So, in the only two meetings this year it’s been the home team coming out with the victory. Advantage, Oshawa. These two teams did meet last year in the 2nd round of the OHL Eastern conference playoffs. Mississauga won the series 4-1 in 5 games, with Oshawa winning game 1, and Mississauga winning 4 straight to advance to the conference championship. The Steelheads would go on to sweep Peterborough to advance to the OHL Championship series against Erie. The Otters won that series 4-1, and would loss the Memorial Cup final to Windsor.
The game can be watched on Rogers TV Durham and on OHL Live. You can listen to the game on www.mixlr.com/oshawagenerals/.
Oshawa – 59 Games Played, 30-26-3, 211 Goals For, 208 Goals Allowed, 7-3-0 in last 10
Mississauga – 59 Games Played, 28-28-3, 213 Goals For, 218 Goals Allowed, 5-3-2 in last 10