Steelheads Edged Out by Battalion in Final Regular Season Showdown

Mississauga Steelheads face the North Bay Battalion in the final regular season game on March 22, 2024 (image source: X / @OHLSteelheads)

Mississauga, ON – In a thrilling clash to close out their regular season campaign, the Mississauga Steelheads succumbed to a narrow 5-4 defeat against the North Bay Battalion on Friday night at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre.

Despite putting up a spirited fight, the Steelheads (38-22-8-0) were unable to secure victory, relinquishing the battle for first place in the Central Division. Angus MacDonell, Finn Harding, Luke Misa, and Porter Martone all found the back of the net for the Trout, while goaltender Jack Ivankovic made 25 saves in a commendable effort.

However, it was Anthony Romani who emerged as the hero for the Battalion (38-20-7-2), notching an impressive hat trick to propel his team to victory. Liam Arnsby and Dalyn Wakely also made significant contributions, while goaltender Dom DiVincentiis stood tall with 37 saves to thwart Mississauga’s offensive onslaught.

The game saw a flurry of action right from the start, with Romani capitalizing on a two-on-one opportunity to draw first blood for North Bay. Despite a quick response from the Steelheads, courtesy of MacDonell’s tap-in goal, Romani struck again to regain the lead for the Battalion.

North Bay extended their advantage with Arnsby’s slick finish, but Mississauga clawed their way back into contention with goals from Harding and Misa. However, Romani’s third tally of the night, followed by Wakely’s empty-netter, ultimately sealed the win for the Battalion.

Although Martone managed to narrow the deficit with a late goal for the Steelheads, time ran out for Mississauga as they fell just short of mounting a comeback.

With the regular season now in the rearview mirror, the Steelheads turn their attention to the upcoming Memorial Cup, where they will look to make a strong push for championship glory. Fans eager to support the team can secure their tickets for the playoff journey ahead.

The matchup between the Steelheads and the Battalion showcased the intensity and excitement of junior hockey, leaving fans on the edge of their seats until the final buzzer sounded.

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