Dowdy Saves the Day with Late Equaliser in Cup Quarter Final
It was another last minute, edge of your seat night for the Steelers in their first leg of the Challenge Cup quarter final against Guildford.
Despite looking comfortable whilst leading 3-1 the Steelers were hit with three unanswered goals by the Flames to trail 4-3.
Robert Dowd saved the day with a power-play equalising goal with just 8 seconds remaining on the clock for a final score of Steelers 4-4- Guildford Flames.
How the EIHL reported the game:
The outcome of the Challenge Cup Quarter-Final between Sheffield and Guildford will depend solely on next week’s return leg after the Steelers and Flames draw 4-4 tonight in the first game. Both sides had led in the match, with a late Steelers’ equaliser seeing the game end all square.
It took just 2:05 for Guildford, who won 6-4 on their last visit to Sheffield, to open the scoring in tonight’s game through Evan Ritt. Josh Pitt however tied the game a little over ten minutes later and the sides were tied at one each after 20 minutes.
The Steelers would however then score two goals just under ten minutes apart in the middle session to seemingly take control of the tie – Tanner Eberle putting them ahead at 23:28, followed by Anthony DeLuca netting at 33:13. Brett Ferguson however pulled Guildford back to within one 30 seconds form the end of the period to stem the tide.
That goal turned out however to be the start of three unanswered goals from the Flames, as Ian Watters then tied the game 37 seconds into the final period – followed by Jesse Craige scoring to put the visitors 4-3 up with 7:50 to play. But the Steelers under Tom Barrasso are rarely able to be discounted, as they proved last week in Dundee, and tied the game with only eight seconds to play through Rob Dowd.
The score means the sides will start level on aggregate when they meet again in a week on 19 December in Guildford.