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Mississauga steals overtime decision

BRAMPTON, Ont. – Brett Foy scored two goals, including the overtime winner, to pace the Mississauga Steelheads to a 4-3 victory Monday over the Brampton Battalion in the Troops annual Thanksgiving Day matinee.

Dylan Smoskowitz and Riley Brace each added one goal and one assist for Mississauga, which moved its won-lost-extended record to 3-3-1 in the young Ontario Hockey League season. Goaltender Spencer Martin made 31 saves before a crowd of 2,277.

Barclay Goodrow had one goal and one assist for the Battalion, which led 3-1 with less than eight minutes left in the third period. Nicholas Foglia and Brendan Miller also scored, while goaltender Matej Machovsky made 21 saves for the Troops, 2-3-2.

Foy struck from the slot at 2:51 of overtime after taking a pass from Kristoff Kontos, sneaking a shot past the collapsing Machovskys right arm.

Foy cut the Mississauga deficit to 3-2 at 12:25 of the third frame, using a skate to redirect a screened point shot by Eric Diodati into the top right corner.

“It’s one of those things when a bad bounce goes off a skate and in,” said Battalion coach Stan Butler. “There was a turnover before that where we were trying to force the puck, and we have to be sharper than that.”

Brace tied it shorthanded at 19:29 after collecting a pass from Smoskowitz on a partial breakaway. Brace beat Machovsky with a snap shot low to the blocker side from the right-wing circle.

The goal came 12 seconds after a stoppage that ended a substantial sequence in which the penalty-killing Steelheads had five skaters and Martin on the ice for a rush to the Battalion blue line and a counterrush into their own zone. Television replays left no doubt as to the transgression.

“We sent Goodrow over to talk to them, and they looked at him like he had two heads, Butler said of the officiating crew of referees Mike Cairns and David Gauthier and linesmen Mike Harrington and Ryan Holmstead. “None of the four guys saw it? Come on.”

The Troops, who trailed 1-0 through 20 minutes, tied it at 7:30 of the second period on Foglias goal. Newcomer Brendan Childerley chipped the puck up the right-wing boards to Foglia, who sidestepped defender Trevor Carrick at the blue line and beat Martin cleanly over the shoulder.

“One spark, one goal, that was what we needed,” said Foglia. “We just needed to keep it going all game, but we let it slip today.”

Defenceman Miller gave the Troops a 2-1 lead with right-point shot on the power play at 12:17. Goodrow worked the puck deep behind the Mississauga net before emerging on the left-wing side and passing back to Miller for a one-timer that deflected off a defender past Martin.

Goodrow connected at 14:18 for his fifth goal of the season, snapping the puck home from the right circle off a rush, with Patrick Machac and Nick Paul drawing the assists.

Smoskowitz scored with the man advantage at 16:59 of the first period as Dylan Blujus served a weak hooking call. Smoskowitz grabbed a loose puck in the congested goalmouth and converted for his third goal.

The Troops, who handed two power plays to Mississauga against one of their own in the opening frame, still outshot the visitors 8-4 in the period.

The best Battalion shift came in the fifth minute, when Derek Froats, Foglia and Childerley hemmed the Steelheads in their own zone.

“We’re all the same kind of player,” said Foglia. “We just feed off each other, play hard and chip pucks in for each other and work together.”

The Battalion scratched Marcus McIvor and Matt MacLeod. Mississauga scratches were Clint Windsor, Justin Rasmussen, Damian Bourne, Grant Syrette and Ryan Duhaime.

The Battalion visits the Belleville Bulls at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday to open a home-and-home series. The return engagement is at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

BATTALION NOTEBOOK: The Battalion went 1-for-4 on the power play. Mississauga was 1-for-3 … The Troops all-time record in Thanksgiving Day games is 9-3-3. Their previous loss on the holiday came in 2010, when they fell 5-4 via shootout to the Mississauga St. Michaels Majors, the same franchise as the Steelheads … The last time the Battalion led by two goals at home and lost was Dec. 13, 2009, in a 4-3 decision via shootout against the Oshawa Generals … Overager Childerley made his Battalion debut after being claimed off waivers from the Owen Sound Attack last Friday … Goodrow has 61 goals and 56 assists for 117 points in 195 games, 23rd on the clubs career list and two points behind Tyler Harrison  Opening line combinations included Machac centring left winger Paul and right winger Goodrow, Jamie Lewis pivoting left winger Brandon Robinson and right winger Mike Amadio and Foglia centring left winger Froats and right winger Childerley. Mathew Santos centred left winger Blake Clarke and right winger Mitch Amante. Left winger Connor Jarvis, who suffered a broken collarbone in exhibition play, dressed for the first time this season but left after the first period without taking a shift … MacLeod and McIvor again sat out with a high-ankle sprain and sore back respectively  The Steelheads, apparently believing that Martin faced knee surgery, acquired goaltender Windsor from the Saginaw Spirit in a trade last Thursday for a fifth-round pick in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection and the OHL rights to forward Kevin Irwin of the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League. Mississauga also has goaltender Tyson Teichmann, who served as the backup Monday, on the roster.

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