MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Dylan Smoskowitz scored a pair of goals to lead Mississauga Steelheads to a 5-2 victory over the visiting Niagara IceDogs in Friday's Ontario Hockey League tilt at the Hershey Centre.
Ryan Duhaime scored his first OHL goal for the Steelheads (20-14-3) while Brett Foy and Alex Cord also scored.
Steven Shipley and Aaron Haydon each found the scoresheet for the IceDogs (22-16-2).
Mississauga's Tyson Teichmann made 18 saves for the win while Christopher Festarini stopped 34 shots in a losing cause for Niagara.
The Steelheads went 1 for 4 on the power play while the IceDogs finished 0 for 2 on the man advantage.
For six months, it's a really good accomplishment. But as soon as April [11, the end of the regular season] comes around, no one thinks about the regular season anymore. For six months, it's a real battle to get into the playoffs in the NHL these days. There are a lot of good teams, and it takes consistency over a long time.
— Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on clinching a playoff berth after a win against the Islanders on Saturday