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Steelheads smother Attack in lopsided 4-0 win on Saturday

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Alessio Beglieri keeps the puck as a souvenir.

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The Mississauga Steelheads’ first-round pick in the 2022 Import Draft earned his first career OHL shutout in a 4-0 win over the Owen Sound offense on Saturday night at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Center.

He only needed to save 14 shots as the Steelheads outnumbered and brawned a shorthanded attack club, outscoring them 43-14.

“Yes, he will go here to my new room in Canada,” said the 18-year-old Swiss goalkeeper. “It will be like a decoration.”

The Owen Sound offense probably won’t want any recalls of the game. Captain Colby Barlow said the team needed to understand what happened on Saturday night, but not dwell.

“We need to find out what went wrong and we need to fix this very quickly before Wednesday,” he said.

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A lot of things have gone wrong.

Some of them were beyond the team’s control. Sam Sedley served Game 1 of a two-game suspension for footing Friday night against Hamilton. It’s a suspension Attack assistant coach Jordan Hill says the league got it wrong, but it’s final.

Kaleb Lawrence and Servac Petrovsky joined the injured list for Friday night’s game and were unavailable on Saturday, as was Lorenzo Bonaiuto, who has yet to play a game this season.

The result was a slender forward corps made up of two lines of veterans, Thomas Chafe in the middle of the third line and a trio of rookies filling the depth board up front. 15-year-old defender Braedyn Rogers was forced to play on the wing.

Corbin Votary started his first game of the season in the Attack net and made 39 saves on 42 shots. Other than Votary, not much work for Owen Sound on Saturday.

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It was reality, a shorthanded club that looked like they were playing tired and in a bad mood, and it looks like it will be reality for a while yet. Hill said wait times for medical imaging procedures in Ontario play a role in recovery in some cases. He said he didn’t expect any of the injured Attack players to return Wednesday.

“Guys have to understand, whether we have healthy bodies, injuries or suspensions, it doesn’t matter. Nobody cares. Nobody feels bad for you. There are two points to win and we didn’t get a chance to take advantage of that tonight,” Hill said.

Mississauga appeared to have opened the scoring in the first period, but the referee immediately canceled the goal citing goaltender interference.

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It’s the only call a coach can contest this season, and James Richmond has chosen to exercise that right. The officials reviewed the play and stood by the initial call.

The Steelheads wasted their timeout due to the unsuccessful challenge, but continued to press.

A scrappy and scrawny Attack club struggled to get out of their zone. Passes slapped on the legs and skates or thrown by the players on the ice. The Steelheads edged Owen Sound 14-3 in the first half but had nothing to show after 20 minutes.

“We certainly didn’t create enough attack. It’s not even close tonight, and it just starts with putting the pucks on the net and simplifying and we haven’t done a good job at all,” Barlow said.

Midway through the second period, moments after Votary stoned Kai Schwindt from close range, the Steelheads clawed back the rebound and fired the puck to Parker Von Richter who fired a straight shot inside the post for his first goal in the Ontario Hockey League to make it 1-0. .

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Owen Sound then had penalty problems. Rookie Ben Cormier was flagged for high batting just 19 seconds before Deni Goure was called for tripping. The result was an extended five-one-three power play for the Fish.

The Steelheads didn’t need much time to capitalize. Ethan Del Mastro and Luca DelBelBelluz played in trade spaces up the zone before Del Mastro tackled Chas Sharpe who fired a pinpoint shot from Votary.

After 40 minutes, the Steelheads had a 2-0 lead on the scoreboard and a 36-9 lead on shots.

“Give Mississauga a lot of credit. They obviously saw our alignment and they came towards us. They didn’t give us time or space. They were playing a two-one-two forecheck pretty much everywhere on the ice. . . the guys were giving pucks. No time to make plays,” Hill said. “It’s a learning opportunity for us and we’re happy to have it early.”

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Zakary Lavoie made it 3-0 in the third period after Schwindt hit the net and left a tantalizing loose puck in front of a sprawling Votary. Lavoie pushed the biscuit into the basket.

Mason Zebreski added an empty net goal to close the game.

“Of course if there are 30 shots in a game it’s easier to stay in the game, but you have to stay focused,” Beglieri said of the slow night at the office. He said he didn’t let the butterflies get to him as time passed on his first shutout, “I tried not to think about it.”

Hill said he and the other coaches don’t think about the CHL’s weekly Top 10 list, but the Attack made an eighth-place appearance last week before losing games to the Bulldogs and Steelheads.

“It’s very humbling, which is good for us,” Hill said. “Teams aren’t going to play you easier, they’re probably going to play you harder. We don’t pay much attention to that. We know the kind of hockey club we have and we still have a good year ahead of us. There are bumps along the way and learning curves like anything else.

Owen Sound will hit the road early next week when they travel to Sarnia on Wednesday night to take on the Sting. The puck drop inside the Progressive Auto Sales Arena is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Nolan Seed tries to dish Gavin Bryant out the back door as Alessio Beglieri glances the wrong way in the first period as Owen Sound offense hosts Mississauga Steelheads inside from the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Center on Saturday, October 8, 2022. Greg Cowan/The Hours of the Sun
Nolan Seed tries to dish Gavin Bryant out the back door as Alessio Beglieri glances the wrong way in the first period as Owen Sound offense hosts Mississauga Steelheads inside from the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Center on Saturday, October 8, 2022. Greg Cowan/The Hours of the Sun
Julian Fantino prepares to make a pass in the middle of the ice with Ethan Del Mastro in pursuit as the Owen Sound offense hosts the Mississauga Steelheads inside the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Center on Saturday October 8, 2022. Greg Cowan / The Sun Times
Julian Fantino prepares to make a pass in the middle of the ice with Ethan Del Mastro in pursuit as the Owen Sound offense hosts the Mississauga Steelheads inside the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Center on Saturday October 8, 2022. Greg Cowan / The Sun Times
Colby Barlow attempts to drive a pass through the slot as Ethan Del Masto looks to intercept as the Owen Sound offense hosts the Mississauga Steelheads inside the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Center on Saturday October 8, 2022. Greg Cowan / The Sun Times
Colby Barlow attempts to drive a pass through the slot as Ethan Del Masto looks to intercept as the Owen Sound offense hosts the Mississauga Steelheads inside the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Center on Saturday October 8, 2022. Greg Cowan / The Sun Times
Cedrick Guindon scores a power play shot in the first period as the Owen Sound offense hosts the Mississauga Steelheads inside the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Center on Saturday, October 8, 2022. Greg Cowan/The Sun Times
Cedrick Guindon scores a power play shot in the first period as the Owen Sound offense hosts the Mississauga Steelheads inside the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Center on Saturday, October 8, 2022. Greg Cowan/The Sun Times

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