The Steelers and their supporters will feel robbed after a one goal defeat to the league-leading Cardiff Devils on Wednesday night.
John Armstrong’s disallowed goal in the 37th minute was a turning point after the Steelers had come back from 2-0 down to tie the game 2-2 and were looking to take the lead. The officials called goaltender interference to the astonishment of all inside the arena.
Steelers once again had chances to claim both points in the third period but were denied by Ben Bowns in the Cardiff goal.
It was a cruel blow when the outstanding Fournier then scored the game-winner for the Devils with less than 5 minutes remaining to claim both points.
The night started with the Steelers welcoming back Eric Neiley and also introducing new signing Silvestras Selickis.
The first period was an even affair with the Steelers creating but not converting their chances, on the other hand, Cardiff were clinical and took the lead in the 10th minute when Joey Martin deflected Layne Ulmers shot.
Jake Morissette doubled the Devils advantage at 13.17 with James Livingston and Layne Ulmer assisting.
Steelers dominated the majority of the second period, first John Armstrong had the Steelers on the board as he fired through the five-hole of Ben Bowns.
Momentum was in the Steelers corner and Ben O’Connor’s skate and pass on to the backhand of Jonathan Phillips tied the game 2-2.
The turning point came minutes later when the Steelers thought they had taken the lead. John Armstrong drove the net and was pushed into the goaltender’s crease making minimal contact with Ben Bowns. The officials waved the goal off and Armstrong was sent to the box for the minor penalty.
Steelers killed and in the final period took the game to the Devils, chances came and went once again and with the match looking like it was going to overtime a cruel hand was dealt. Gleason Fournier blasting the puck past Whistle with just 4.11 remaining.
Whistle was pulled in the later stages as the Steelers pushed for the equalising goal but it wasn’t to be.
Final score: Steelers 2-3 Cardiff Devils.
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