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MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Goaltender Spencer Martin, supported by three first-period goals, made 30 saves to backstop the Mississauga Steelheads to a 5-1 victory over the Brampton Battalion in Ontario Hockey League action Friday night.
Sam Babintsev scored one goal and added one assist, and Josh Burnside, Kristoff Kontos, Brett Foy and Damian Bourne had a goal apiece as Mississauga moved its won-lost-extended record to 8-4-1 for 17 points, third in the Central Division, two points ahead of the Troops.
Dylan Blujus scored for the fourth-place Battalion, 5-5-5 for 15 points. Goaltender Matej Machovsky faced 29 shots as the Troops suffered a second straight loss, having fallen 2-1 in overtime Thursday night to the host Barrie Colts.
It was the second Mississauga victory in two games this season between the Peel Region rivals. The Steelheads won 4-3 in overtime at Brampton on Oct. 8.
"Mississauga beat us at our own game," said Battalion coach Stan Butler. "They played the way that we need to play to be successful. They won every battle on the ice, and as a group they wanted to win more than we did.
"In the first 10 minutes we had a couple of power plays and had a chance to get ahead. We didn’t capitalize on it, and they took the game over and that was the end of that."
Said Butler: "It’s tough to come back from being down three goals. We’re playing well at home, but not on the road. We had a reasonably good game against Barrie, and it’s disappointing to follow it up with that."
Burnside opened the scoring at 12:18 of the first period. Machovsky got his paddle on a Riley Brace shot from the right faceoff circle, but the rebound got away from the goaltender in front and Burnside converted.
Babintsev struck 23 seconds later off a two-on-one rush, beating the collapsing Machovsky between the legs from the left-wing circle. Eric Diodati drew the lone assist on the first goal of Russian import Babintsev’s OHL career.
Kontos connected at 18:22, driving to the lip of the crease to tip home a right-point shot by Trevor Carrick, who also assisted on Burnside’s goal.
Brendan Childerley fought Mississauga’s Alex Cord at 19:26 off a faceoff in the Steelheads’ zone, with Cord getting a quick takedown.
Foy made it 4-0 at 1:05 of the second period, taking a pass from Ryan Duhaime on the left-wing boards and, after spinning in the near circle, firing a shot between Machovsky’s legs.
Blujus replied on the power play at 16:27. After firing a shot off the left leg of Foy, Blujus stepped around the defender and lobbed a shot past Martin. It was defenceman Blujus’s first goal of the season, assisted by Patrik Machac and Blake Clarke.
Bourne completed the scoring with the man advantage at 12:52 of the final period. He and Babintsev double-teamed Cameron Wind in the left-wing corner before Bourne emerged with the puck and, moving to the goalmouth, lofted a backhander past Machovsky’s glove side.
Machovsky made a brilliant right-pad save against Kontos at close range in the 11th minute, but the Troops, outshot 8-7 in the period, failed to mount a serious threat to cut their deficit.
The Battalion scratched Brandon Robinson and Derek Froats. Mississauga scratched Tyson Teichmann, Bobby MacIntyre, Spenser Cobbold, Scott Teskey, Doug Harvey and Grant Syrette.
The Battalion hosts the Sarnia Sting at 2 p.m. Sunday.
BATTALION NOTEBOOK: Attendance at the Hershey Centre was announced as 2,044 … All vestiges of the Mississauga franchise’s former name, the St. Michael’s Majors, have been removed, including banners that claimed Memorial Cup titles from more than half a century ago for Mississauga, despite the club having been located in Toronto as a different franchise at the time … The Steelheads’ mascot is a trout named Sauga who wears No. 74 on his sweater, denoting 1974, the year the City of Mississauga was incorporated … The Battalion went 1-for-5 on the power play. Mississauga was 1-for-3 … The Steelheads were 3-for-3 with the man advantage in a 6-1 road win Wednesday night over the Belleville Bulls … Clarke has a five-game points streak in which he has scored two goals and earned five assists for seven points … Wind played his 241st game with the Battalion, passing Ken Peroff for sole possession of eighth place on the club’s career list … Opening line combinations included Machac centring left winger Nick Paul and right winger Barclay Goodrow, Jamie Lewis centring left winger Clarke and right winger Matt MacLeod and Nicholas Foglia pivoting left winger Connor Jarvis and right winger Childerley. Mike Amadio centred Brennan Feasey on left wing and right winger Mathew Santos … Froats missed a second game with an injured wrist. Robinson again sat out with a hip flexor … Diodati, usually a defenceman, played left wing on a line with Babintsev and Lucas Venuto … Teskey is week-to-week with a lower-body injury, while Harvey is day-to-day with a similar ailment … The game was the first of a stretch of six in seven at home for Mississauga. The Steelheads played their previous four on the road.