Two games in two nights, Short benched, battered, bruised but our Steelers boys gave everything tonight to come away with the two points as they travelled to the Spectrum in Guildford to take on the Flames in Elite League action.
In terms of team news, it was the same personnel missing as last night but Brandon Whistle was called back up to the squad to take his place as the 10th forward.
Barry Brust was back between the pipes and was backed up by Rok Stojanovic.
The starting six for both teams announced as:
The Steelers took a two goal lead into the first period intermission with goals from Robert Dowd and Martin Latal scored at 2:48 and 6:33 respectively.
The two Phillips, Davey and Jonathan picked up the assists on the first goal and after Dowd picked up his own goal, he was quickly on two points as he picked up an assist on Latal’s goal as they played a lovely give and go in the Flames zone and Latal went forehand-backhand and roofed his shot over Lindskoug.
No goals in the second period as the Steelers continued with their two goal lead, but an entertaining period nonetheless as various scraps followed Valdix taking glove punches after the whistle, and up stepped Davey Phillips to protect his teammate.
During the kafuffle, Locke found himself on top of Jones as they went to the ice, but Locke couldn’t help himself from continuing punching the defenceless Jones and he was ejected from the game.
An even third period at 1-1 meant the Steelers won a comfortable road game by two goals.
The two goals in the final period coming courtesy of Big John Armstrong at 48:54 for the Steelers and Jordan Cownie for the Guildford Flames at 48:54.
It was Valdix with the good work to start the Steelers route to goal, but it was Armstrong who went in on Lindskoug and found the top part of the net.
The Guildford Flames goal came from a rebounding puck after a shot from the blue line landed perfectly for Cownie to fire home. Watters and Bolton picked up the assists.
Barry Brust picked up another Man of the Match award for the Steelers – Well deserved again for his sterling effort between the pipes.
The win tonight put the Steelers back on top of the Elite League as the team continues to impress with their never say die attitude and it may well be needed again when we are back in action next Saturday with a trip to Cardiff to take on the Devils.
Photography – Guildford Flames