Mississauga, ON –The Mississauga Steelheads are warming up for the new season after two impressive preseason wins one after another.
Saturday, they traveled to Guelph to outrank the Storm 5-3, tallying three powerplay goals and one shorthanded. To complete the Labour Day long weekend stretch, they out muscled the Peterbrough Petes 4-2, playing out of Mississauga’s Port Credit Community Arena on Sunday afternoon.
And a full crowd showed up, cheering for their blue and white and laying first winks at most of the team in their new Steelheads uniforms.
The solid blue jerseys seemed to rev up the players, with Maple Leafs prospect Stuart Percy quarterbacking the team.
But, the spotlight shined on Andrew Goldberg who scored twice beside his linemate and newly drafted, Sam Babintsev; who scored once and assisted on both Goldberg’s goals.
Goldberg says they were definitely clicking out there and it is a positive sign for the upcoming season, besides the lack of verbal communication between the two.
“We were talking about it on the bench. He doesn’t speak much English but, for sure, we are definitely clicking out there,” Goldberg laughed. “The communication isn’t there, but I love it, it’s fun.”
They always seemed to find each other the last two games, Goldberg said after the game.
“Especially this one against Peterborough, He’s been setting me up, we’ve been setting each other up… we know where each other are and it’s been working out great for us.”
He says their success probably stems from the fact that their play compliments each other’s skill set.
“He’s really fast and he’s more of a finesse player. I’m more of a hard worker, power forward type player and those two skills put together can really help our team out this year.”
Goldberg scored the Steelheads’ first goal of the game early in the first period with a cross ice pass from Babintsev.
Then he scored the fourth and insurance goal from skating hard to the net and tapping a pass from Babintsev, pass Petes’ goalie Michael Giugovaz.
Teammate Justin Rasmussen scored the game leading third, shooting the puck pass Giugovaz top blocker side.
This was a surge after trailing the Petes 2-1 in the second period.
Tyson Teichmann started in net for the Steelheads after recently acquiring him a couple of weeks ago from the London Knights, and finished the night with a solid performance.
Steelheads’ poster boy, Percy, also looked ever so-composed on the ice, except when Giugovaz robbed him with a great sprawling glove save when they were left one-on-one in front of the net during a two-man advantage.
It was a promising display for the Steelheads in their first game in the new uniforms on home soil. They looked strong on the blueline with almost the same cast back for another round and with a supporting crowd behind them.
The Steelheads play their next exhibition game on September 5 at Mississauga’s Iceland Arena. Game starts at 7pm.