Steelers made it 6 points out of 6 in their three Christmas games after beating the Nottingham Panthers 4-1 this evening.
Marco Vallerand (2),Alex Graham and Tanner Eberle scored for the Steelers though it was goalie Ron Stojanovic who took the man of the match award with a stunning performance turning away 57 of 58 shots.
It was old school hockey in Nottingham tonight as the Panthers and Steelers trade chances and blows in the first period.
It’s 0-0 on the scoreboard but 2-0 on fight wins with Robert Dowd and John Armstrong leading the way.
Daine Todd (upper body) misses tonight’s game with Cole Shudra drafted in.
The game started with a bang as Robert Dowd and Panther Mathieu Tossingnant squared off at 7.07 with both players being assessed 5 minute fighting penalties. Dowdy certainly getting the better of the blows.
14 Seconds later John Armstrong and Jordan Kelsall hooked up for another tussle with Big John being assessed the instigator.
Panthers had a late power play when Sam Jones sat 2 for roughing. Steelers killed and the period ended 0-0
Evan Mosey was called for slashing at 27.23 giving the Panthers the one man advantage.
Panthers goalie Kevin Carr played the puck outside his restricted zone granting a further power-play but no success for the Steelers as the game remained scoreless.
From close range Alex Graham broke the deadlock, unassisted at 34.39
Then just 29 seconds later Marco Vallerand doubled the lead, assisted by Messrs Polak and Latal.
Throughout the period The Ron was super solid making outstanding save after outstanding save to give the Steelers the opportunity of taking the points.
Panthers had the first chance to get back into the game when Keaton Ellerby sat 2 minutes for cross checking in the 48th minute.
Steelers killed and then had their owner power-play chance when Robbie Baillargeon was called for delay of game. It was the Panthers turn to shut the door.
Robert Dowd did well setting up Tanner Eberle for the Steelers 3rd at 54.40 to all but wrap the game up.
Baillargeon was again called, this time for holding at 55.10, the Steelers PP again failed to convert and worse still the Panthers scored shorthanded when Sean Richards netted.
With 2.30 remaining on the clock Panthers coach Tim Wallace rolled the dice and pulled their goalie Kevin Carr.
Steelers had a couple of looks at the empty net but at the third time of asking Marco Vallerand scored his second (assisted Keaton Ellerby) with 33 seconds remaining.
Final score on Monday 27th December
Nottingham Panthers 1-4 Steelers