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Flyers 1 – 4 Steelers

Flyers 1 – 4 Steelers

It was back to winning ways for the Steelers on Sunday night in Fife. Two goals apiece for Robert Dowd and Nikolai Lemtyugov secured the points for the Steelers.

Sheffield and Fife headed into the game off the back of losses on Saturday night and neither side would have been happy with a zero-point weekend.

Tomas Duba started in the Steelers goal, whilst forward Marco Vallerand and defenceman Mikko Kuukka would be sidelined for the game.

Much like he did on Saturday in Sheffield, Robert Dowd was the first to get his name on the score sheet, with a power play goal at 4:21 (assists #52/#81)

After the rampant performance, the last time Steelers made the trip to Fife, the home side was looking to prevent a similar story from unfolding and responded well.

Tim Crowder forced Tomas Duba into a smart save before a diving poke check from the Steelers netminder denied Mike Cozzala from equalising.

In a pretty equal first period, neither side was able to get another goal and the teams headed back to the locker room with plenty to ponder.

Flyers came out the blocks the quickest in the second period and would tie the game despite being on the penalty kill at 22:46. With Dannick Gauthier sat in the box, a great forecheck forced a turnover and Carlo Finnuci found a way past Duba.

There was little in the sense of fluidity to the second period of play, with both teams picking up numerous penalties in a game that became scrappy the longer it went on.

Five penalties against Sheffield, three against Fife, in what was a tentative game, to begin with, it was now stop-start.

Both teams would have been happy to carry on playing 5on5 hockey as this allowed the neutral fan to see the best of the two sides, however, this wouldn’t be the case.

The penalty riddled middle period would come to an end with the score tied at 1-1, leaving it all to play for heading into the final twenty minutes.

Who would be able to break the deadlock first?

Well, it was Sheffield and a superb solo effort from Nikolai Lemtyugov on the power play that would put the boys ahead. Following great work from Marek Troncinsky and John Armstrong, Lemtyugov shrugged off his defenceman, find open ice and bury his shot past Morrison.

Anthony DeLuca (Steelers) and James Isaacs (Flyers) would sit out coincidental minors and the two sides would play 4on4.

Now with the extra ice to play in, Sheffield took advantage and would extend their lead to two, Robert Dowd picking up his second of the night and fourth of the weekend.

Timed at 46:01, the Golden Child put on the jets to skate past the Flyers defence and sneak the puck under the goalie to make it 3-1.

On his celebration weekend, Mr 1,000 games (Jonathan Phillips) almost got his goal, only to be denied by the Fife netminder.

As time ticked down, Fife pressed and pressed for a way back into the game but the brick wall of Tomas Duba and his defence would not be torn down.

Blocks from D.Phillips, Tanner Eberle and Anthony DeLuca loosened the pressure Fife was putting on the Steelers zone.

With just over two minutes to go and on the power play, Fife pulled Morrison for the extra attacker.

Despite the extra attackers, there was no way through and a shot into the empty net from just inside the Steelers half from Lemtyugov secured the two points (59:08).

Final score: Flyers 1 – 4 Steelers

Robert Dowd (Lemtyugov, O’Connor) 04:21 PPG
Nikolai Lemtyugov (Armstrong) 41:31
Robert Dowd (O’Connor, Armstrong) 46:01
Nikolai Lemtyugov 59:08 EN

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