A proud night for the Sheffield Steelers as they matched Finnish Elite League side Jyvaskyla for the majority of the sixty minutes game at the Sheffield Arena.
The Steelers gave their all and battled hard and can consider themselves unlucky not to have taken the clubs first Champions Hockey League point.
The first period belonged to the Steelers outshooting Jyvaskyla 15-4 with Paul Thompsons side creating chances both 5 on 5 and on the power-play.
Steelers had an early power-play opportunity when Mikko Luoma was called for interference, Roy, Dowd and Eddy all went close without converting
Sheffield continued to pressure with nelson and Phillips both creating excellent chances. Despite the pressure the Steelers couldn’t manage to extend their lead at the first period break.
8 minutes into the middle period and Jyvaskyla were level. Joonas Nattinen equalising from close range.
Zach Fitzgerald penalty for cross checking at 29.32 was quickly punished when 76 seconds later Valterri Hotakainen put Jyvaskyla 2-1 ahead.
Steelers heads didn’t drop and when Jyvaskyla again went to the penalty box at 35.39 (Tuomas Pihlman 2 hooking) it was the turn of Mathie Roy to score his first of the CHL campaign at 37.26 to send the teams in level after two periods.
The third period was a tight affair, nip and tuck with both clubs realising that the next goal would probably win the tie. When Ben O’Connor was called for delaying the game at 46.56 Jyvaskyla seized their chance with Joosie Antonen scoring the all important game winning goal 42 seconds into the power-play.
The Steelers continued to press and created chances until the final hooter. Paul Thompson pulled Tyler Plante in the final minutes as Jonathan Phillips and Tyler Mosienko went close. However with just 85 seconds remaining Jyvaskyla broke and Tavi colelcted his 3rd point of the night scoring into an empty net for the final 4-2 score line.
“Maybe as I drive home and then watch the game again I will feel better than I do right now – we just all hate loosing and right now it hurts
“I felt we created chances, both 5 on 5 and on the power play – we continue to progress and the work ethic of all impresses me greatly – just right now after the game we are all disappointed with the result, we feel a little down because we felt we deserved better”