September 25, 2015

Steelheads stun 67’s 7-0 in Mississauga’s home opener

Outplayed, outclassed, outscored. The Ottawa 67’s dropped a 7-0 decision to the Mississauga Steelheads at the Hershey Centre on Friday night. Recently acquired goaltender Jake Flinn pitched a 27-save shutout to lead his team to victory.

After losing a close game in Peterborough the night prior, the 67’s did not appear to play with motivation. They were outplayed from the beginning with Leo Lazarev keeping them in the game for the first 20 minutes. Nathan Bastien was the only player able to solve Lazarev and the Steelheads led 1-0 after 1.

Mississauga opened the floodgates in the second period with three more straight goals. The depth and skill of the Steelheads overpowered the 67’s young defense and found ways to capitalize on all their opportunities. Brendan Harrogate, Marcus Dickerson, and Daniel Muzito-Bagenda all notched their first goal of the season and first of their OHL career both for Harrogate and Muzito-Bagenda. Steelheads led 4-0 after 2.

Muzito-Bagenda’s goal chased Leo Lazarev from the net as the 67’s replaced him with Liam Herbst. Unfortunately, Herbst did not have much more luck. The Steelheads continued to push and scored another three goals to seal the win. Josh Burnside, Nathan Bastien (his second of the game), and Jared Walsh were the goal scorers.

The 67’s got some good news before the game when the Columbus Blue Jackets released Dante Salituro from his ATO. Despite being only hours away, Salituro was not in the lineup. He is expected to be back for the next game.

It will be a long 6-hour drive home back to Ottawa. The 67’s are idle tomorrow but host the Barrie Colts on Sunday afternoon for the 67’s home opener at TD Place.

Game summary here.

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