Nikolai Lemtyugov scored an incredible OT winner as the Steelers came from 2 goals down with just 5 minutes remaining to take both points away from the Sky Dome Arena in Coventry.
The Blaze had more than enough opportunities to win the game during the first two periods but the Steelers stuck in there and took the chances when they came.
It was a dramatic ending with Marek Troncinsky scoring from behind the goal and banking the puck off the Blaze netminder with just under 5 minutes remaining.
Then, with Duba pulled to the bench Lucas Sandstrom joined the play and with his first touch rifled the puck into the back of the net.
You thought that was good, well you hadn’t seen anything yet. Davies and Duba will get the assists but the game-winner in OT was all about Nikolai Lemtyugov. A single-handed, individual goal that will be played and played for a long time to come.
Steelers had started the better team and scored in the first shift, Marco Vallerand after just 22 seconds.
The Blaze then hit back with two straight.
First Dillion Eichstadt (6.57) and then Luke Ferrara (8.02) had the Blaze ahead. It was a lead they took into the first-period break and they will have been disappointed that the lead wasn’t bigger.
Steelers did get back on level terms at 29.20, Tanner Eberle on the PP
From then on the Blaze dominated, creating chance after chance. Duba was again outstanding.
Andrew Johnson made it 3-2 at 31.09 and the Steelers responded with Eberle scoring his second at 43.29
Then Evan Bloodoff at 46.11 had the Blaze back in front, Coventry’s lead was then doubled to 5-3 at 47.30 when Bloodoff scored his second of the night.
It didn’t look good for Aaron Fox’s men but a late power-play gave a glimmer of light.
Steelers went to work and Troncinsky scored what proved to be more than a consolation goal, banking the puck off Blaze goalie Motts for a 5-4 scoreline.
The pressure was on and with just over a minute remaining Duba was pulled to the Steelers bench. Sandstrom joined the play with Connolly and Brocklehurst assisting on a one time blast for the equalising goal with 1.16 left on the clock.
Into OT and chances at both ends. With the game looking like it was going into OT, Duba found Davies who found Lemtyugov and the Russian forward dangled like never before and slotted home the winner with just 1.39 of OT played.
Final score: Coventry Blaze 5-6 Steelers.