The Hamilton Red Wings came from behind on Saturday night to beat the Mississauga Chargers 6-5 at the Port Credit Memorial Arena in Mississauga. “The boys came through and Eddie (Davey) made a couple great stops towards the end of the game. We still have to work on little things. I was very pleased at the way that they came back and fought together,” according to Red Wings interim head coach Robert Turnbull.
Carson Hau made his first start in net for the Red Wings. He played well on Tuesday night replacing Eddie Davey in Buffalo, but on this night, he let in four goals and was pulled at 9:11 in the second period in favour of Davey. In relief of Hau, Davey made some great saves to record the win.
In the first period, Anthony Ruberto got the Red Wings on the board first with only 31 seconds off the clock. At 5:20, Dan Fazzalari struck on the power play to tie the game at one. Spencer Abbott would strike 27 seconds later on a low shot that beat Mississauga’s Jared Richmond to give the Red Wings a 2-1 lead. At 9:22, Marc Hagel would beat Richmond to give the Red Wings a two goal lead. A short time later, Jesse Cook would score to cut the lead to one.
The second period was all Mississauga as they would score two goals to take a 4-3 lead. The first goal was scored on the power play by Brent Morrison and the second was scored by Adam Bevilacqua. After the goal was when Hau was replaced by Davey. The Red Wings just came out flat in the period.
In the third period, Mississauga would strike at 9:27 as Brad Sullivan beat Davey to make it 5-3 Chargers. The Red Wings would take over for the rest of the game. At 12:59, Wes Consorti fired a quick shot that went past Richmond to cut the Chargers lead to one. Spencer Abbott would score at 15:41 to tie the game. With 54 seconds remaining, Spencer Abbott would score to cap off a remarkable come from behind victory.
The Red Wings lost big forward Stevan Manojlovic to the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League on Friday. He was property of the Niagara Ice Dogs and they traded him for a draft pick. Forward Jeremy Whelan served the final game of his 12 game suspension which he received from an incident back on September 10 against Brampton.
The Red Wings record now stands at 9-3-1 with 19 points. The Georgetown Raiders sit two points back and the Oakville Blades sit three points back. Next action for the Red Wings is on Monday night (Oct. 15) as the Streetsville Derbys come to Mountain Arena. They travel to Burlington to take on the Cougars on Sunday (Oct. 21).