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Hodgman Gets Us Over The Line – Steelers 3:2 Clan (OT)

Hodgman Gets Us Over The Line – Steelers 3:2 Clan (OT)

After defeat in Dundee on Sunday night, the Steelers were looking for a bounceback tonight against the Glasgow Clan, and Hodgman provided just that late into overtime as he helped extend the Steelers lead at the top of the Elite League table.

Apart from the injured Saxrud-Danielsen and Connolly, Fox once again had a full squad at his disposal as Alex Graham made way for Brandon Whistle. Barry Brust was back in goal tonight, backed up by Rok Stojanovic.

It was the Clan who got the better of the opening 20 minutes as they lead by one goal to nil after the first period as Rodney Southam found the back of Brust’s net after a big deflection infront sent the puck under Barry’s arm. Goal timed at 4.31 and assisted by Haywood and Crooks.

The Steelers pulled back level in the second period through Evan Mosey at 25.27 after Starrett padded away Vallerand’s initial shot and Mosey was on the doorstep to see the puck home. Barry Brust also picked up an assist on the play.

It was one goal apiece in the third period as the Steelers took the lead initially at 47.36 through, who else but Marco Vallerand? Possibly the play of the night though has to go to Martin Ltal who controlled Polak’s stretch pass out of the air to feed Vallerand with a saucer pass and he made no mistake finding the top corner.

At 53.19 the Clan were back level, this time through Guillaume Gauthier, scored two on one with Colton Yellow-Horn who picked up the assist.

Early penalties only 15 seconds into overtime saw both Vallerand for the Steelers and Campbell for the Clan sit for a maximum of two minutes, but only 27 seconds elapsed before Hodgman’s bank pass off the backboards was found by Latal who tried to stuff it five-hole on Starrett only for the puck to stop just short of the line, but Hodgman was the first man to the puck to see it home at 60.42. Kevin Schulze with the second assist.

For his game winning goal, Justin Hodgman picked up the Man of the Match and made no mistake finding the back of the net once again, but this time with a slight kicking motion.

A good night overall for the Steelers who now sit two points in front of the Devils with three games in hand and 5 points in front of the Giants on the same number of games.

We are back in action on Saturday night as we take on the Fife Flyers at the Utilita Sheffield Arena. Face off 7pm – See you there Sheffield!

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