NORTH BAY, Ont. — Alan Lyszczarczyk’s third goal of the game, at 2:37 of overtime, powered the Mississauga Steelheads to a 4-3 victory over the North Bay Battalion in Ontario Hockey League action Sunday.
James Hardie also scored and Thomas Harley provided three assists for Mississauga, which has a won-lost-extended record of 28-21-7 for 63 points, third in the Central Division and fifth in the Eastern Conference. Goaltender Jacob Ingham made 32 saves.
Brandon Coe, Luke Moncada and Matthew Struthers scored for North Bay, 25-25-5 for 55 points, fourth in the division and seventh in the conference. Goaltender Christian Propp faced 38 shots before 2,594 at Memorial Gardens.
“It was a pretty evenly played game,” said Battalion assistant coach Adam Dennis. “Both goalies made some unbelievable saves. We had some chances to put them away and, when you don’t do that, it gives the other team the opportunity to come back. We lose a point; it would have been really nice to get two. Our effort was there. There are a couple things we can clean up to get the extra point the next time.”
A huge left-pad save by Propp on Aidan Prueter’s shot from the lip of the crease preserved a 3-2 Battalion lead in the 10th minute of the third period, but Hardie tied it at 12:38, darting between David Maier and Zack Malik and beating the goaltender low to the stick side.
The Troops had the best chances through the rest of the period, but Ingham stopped Mason Primeau from the left-wing circle and Harrison Caines just missed the net from the same spot late in the frame. Coe had the first good chance of overtime, driving to the net off the left wing, but Ingham kicked out his left pad.
Lyszczarczyk, celebrating his 21st birthday in high-scoring style, raced through the neutral zone and into Battalion territory, where he blew by Brad Chenier, broke in alone on Propp and lifted a backhander under the crossbar. It was Lyszczarczyk’s 32nd goal of the season and his 28th since joining the Steelheads from the Owen Sound Attack.
Mississauga opened the scoring at 8:59 of the first period when Ryan Barbosa’s lob from the right point deflected off Lyszczarczyk as he battled with Chenier in the slot.
Coe replied at 13:07, slamming the rebound of a Chenier effort past Ingham at the right post. Primeau also assisted on Coe’s 14th goal.
Moncada put the Troops in front at 19:02, driving to the net to convert a pass from Patrick Brown on the right wing. Caines also assisted on Moncada’s fifth goal.
Both goaltenders were busy as the visitors outshot the Battalion 15-11 in the period. Propp faced good efforts from Prueter, Harley, Cole Schwindt and Adam Varga. Ingham denied Malik, Nick King and Luke Burghardt, with referee Ryan Harrison, who worked with Mike Hamilton, blowing the last play down as Struthers had clear possession of the puck and the goaltender out of position.
Lyszczarczyk tied it 2-2 at 8:12 of the second period, chipping the rebound of a Harley shot past Propp’s blocker from the deep slot.
The Battalion answered with Struthers’s 25th goal 33 seconds later. Simon Rose, deep on the left wing, made a behind-the-back pass to Struthers, who cruised out of the corner and across the goalmouth to tuck the puck between Ingham’s pads.
The Troops, who forged a 15-10 edge in shots in the frame, produced most of the scoring opportunities. Ingham turned away three shots from Caines and also denied good chances for Struthers, Chenier, Primeau and Cameron Peters.
The Battalion visits the Ottawa 67’s at 2 p.m. Monday in a Family Day matinee. The game can be heard live in North Bay on Country 600 CKAT.
BATTALION BULLETS: Thirteen members of the Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni, including Rick Vaive, Nik Antropov, Dan Daoust, Tom Fergus, Wayne Primeau, Shayne Corson and Steve Thomas, as well as Carlton the Bear, were in attendance for a Family Day Weekend celebration. Rally towels and a number of Maple Leafs prizes were awarded, and Alumni took part in game-day activities … The Battalion is 2-2-1 against the Steelheads. The teams complete their season series March 15 at Mississauga … Chenier’s assist was his 100th career point. He has 48 goals and 52 assists in 194 games … The Battalion went 0-for-1 on the power play. Mississauga was 0-for-2 … Opening lines included Struthers centring left winger Burghardt and right winger Justin Brazeau, Primeau centring left winger Chenier and right winger Coe and Moncada pivoting left winger Caines and Brown on right wing. Peters centred Pacey Schlueting, normally a defenceman, on left wing and right winger Mat Hardwick … The Battalion was without Travis Mailhot, Daniel Walker, Kurtis Evans and Mitchell Russell … Hardwick, called up from the affiliated junior A Powassan Voodoos, made his OHL debut. A 12th-round pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection from the North Bay Trappers major midgets, he has eight goals and 11 assists for 19 points in 48 games with Powassan … Lyszczarczyk has five goals and one assist for six points in the last three games.