The wheels fell off the Steelers waggon on Saturday night as they were well beaten by an outstanding Salzburg side.
Once again penalties cost the Steelers as they went chasing Salzburg with the Austrian’s taking full advantage scoring 5 PPG’s
Christoffer Bjorklund was the Steelers only scorer on a disappointing night.
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A tight opening period saw both sides trade good chances with the game played at a frantic pace, Steelers’ netminder Ervins Mustukovs called into action to make some smart saves early on. The score stayed level until Sheffield’s Achilles heel from the HV71 game kicked in – taking penalties. William Thomas scoring at 15:35 on the power play to put the Red Bulls ahead shortly before the break.
Period two started as a dream for the hosts, and a disaster for the visitors. Manuel Latusa scored just under a minute on another power play to make it two, and Thomas followed up two minutes later to put the hosts three ahead with less than 25 minutes played.
The Steelers needed a response and, playing with a man advantage, got one through Christoffer Bjorklund around the 26-minute mark.
The scored stayed at 3-1 until 37:58, when Tommy Raffl netted net to put Salzburg 4-1 ahead with 40 minutes played.
The final period was somewhat of a walkover for the home side. Four unanswered goals as Sheffield tired and continued to take minors saw the hosts run out 8-1 winners in the end, will the star of the game being the aforementioned Thomas who help himself to four goals on the night.
A huge thank you to the incredible support from Steeler fans who travelled in great numbers to the game.
“They were incredible” said captain Jonathan Phillips “we are just sorry they didn’t have more to cheer tonight”