Sheffield Steelers found the net four times in under four minutes halfway through period 3 on Sunday afternoon in Glasgow to overcome a 3-1 deficit and bring two points back to Sheffield.
A bright start from the home side was rewarded at 03:08, with bodies creating the perfect screen in front, Craig Peacock turned and fired past Tomas Duba in the Steelers goal.
Peacock came close to a second of the night but his shot could only hit the post after nice work from Mathieu Roy in the buildup.
Clan continued to pile on the pressure but good defensive coverage from the Steelers kept the scoreline at 1-0, that was until Nikolai Lemtyugov evened things up.
He picked the pocket of Clan defenceman, Linden Springer, broke through on Killeen and his heavy shot caught the bar on its way in. Game tied at one (14:06).
Just over a minute later and after a hard forecheck from Tanner Eberle, he was called behind the play for an unsportsmanlike penalty, one that left coach Aaron Fox angry with the call.
Glasgow took advantage of the extra attacker, making it 2-1 at 17:31, Roy directing the puck past Duba at the top of the blue paint.
Period two was much more like what fans have come to expect from the men in orange. A whole lot of pressure on the Clan goal, led by Lemtyugov and Kolehmainen who both went close.
Perhaps the controversial talking point of the night came when the Steelers challenged a no-goal decision.
Aaron Brocklehurst dangled round Roy, fired past Killeen, the puck hit the post and bobbled across the line. Coach Fox was left remonstrating on the bench as his video analyst sent footage through of the incident.
Steelers continued the pressure despite the call and came close on several occasions, firstly Eberle who couldn’t beat Killeen at the backdoor and then Troncinsky who was only denied by a terrific glove save.
Against the run of play, Clan increased the lead at 37:16, Rasmus Bjerrum re-directing a Nolan Laporte pass past Duba.
Having played so well short benched the for several weeks it looked like the Steelers had finally run out of gas. Or had they…
In a whirlwind final twenty minutes, Aaron Fox’s side left everything out on the ice.
Firstly when both Eric Meland and Marek Troncinsky found themselves in the box at the same time, a big penalty kill was needed, and that is what the Steelers presented.
As the first ten minutes of the period passed, it seemed no matter how hard they tried the Steelers wouldn’t find a way past Patrick Killeen.
Then after good work along the boards from Brendan Connolly and Jonathan Phillips, Josef Hrabal let fire and captain Phillips re-directed the shot past Killeen and the comeback was on (50:02).
Under a minute later (50:56) and the game was tied at 3-3, the boys had dug deep and found a way to make things happen, this time Micahel Davies was on hand to finish at the back post.
If the ice wasn’t already tilted in the Steelers favour, it would be at 53:33, Jordan Heywood in the box for hooking gave the Steelers only their second power-play opportunity of the night.
Tic-tac-toe and Anthony DeLuca fired a laser from the face-off circle that was far too quick for Killeen to get hold of. Steelers lead for the first time in the game with no much time to play.
Things didn’t stop here and 13 seconds later a fifth Steelers goal. Scored by Tanner Eberle who deserved a goal on the back of his work rate and game management throughout the night.
Unbelievable. Four goals in under four minutes to complete a frenetic third period and to wipe away the smiles that could be sensed from around the rest of the Elite League.
A late Clan power-play along with pulling goalie Killeen would come to nothing and the Steelers stood firm to seal the win.
Not quite the full sixty-minute game but given the circumstances a performance and a result that will be welcomed back to Sheffield next Sunday.
Final score: Clan 3-5 Steelers