MISSISSAUGA – While it may have been a rough start, however, the Mississauga Steelheads have seemed to steer the ship, and have been on quite the hot streak as of late.
After almost being outside of a playoff spot in the month of November, the Steelheads were able to find a way to bounce back, finding themselves all the way to fifth place in the Eastern Conference, with a 7-3 record in their last 10 games, and are currently riding a three-game winning streak.
The Steelheads, who currently hold a 19-22-3 record, have recently defeated their fair share of quality opponents, rather convincingly, including victories against teams ahead of them in the standings.
Led by the core group of Cole Schwindt, James Hardie, and Thomas Harley, the Steelheads were able to defeat teams such as the Sudbury Wolves, the Peterborough Petes, and the Oshawa Generals in their last 10 games, gathering the momentum that they needed ahead of the playoffs.
Also playing great hockey as of late has been goaltender Kai Edmonds.
The former Barrie Colt has been the back-stopper during the three-game winning streak, allowing just five goals, and with an impressive .951 save percentage during that time span.
Despite the continued strong play of the core group, it has been the emergence of Nicholas Canade, who following last night’s victory against the Barrie Colts, scored his second hat-trick in the month of January, fitting into the top line perfectly, alongside Schwindt and Hardie.
The former Mississauga Rebel and St. Andrews College product sits with 31 points (14 goals, 17 assists), in 36 games with the Steelheads this season.
The Steelheads will look to continue their strong play, with three games next week, traveling to Niagara on Thursday night to square off against the IceDogs, and will return home to the Paramount Fine Foods Centre to host the third-place Petes on Friday night, followed by a showdown against the Kitchener Rangers on Sunday afternoon.