There was a welcomed return for Anthony DeLuca and Josef Hrabal who had missed the last few weeks with injuries and with Ben O’Connor out through suspension, Aaron Fox was still missing some pieces.
On the Steelers Valentines night, there was no love in the air as the Dundee Stars hit five at the Fly DSA Arena.
Offensively, where the Steelers had been so strong all season, there was difficulty getting the puck past Leclerc in the Stars’ goal despite a number of shots on net.
The deadlock was broken on the Steelers first power-play of the net when Aaron Brocklehurst fed an inch-perfect pass to Marco Vallerand who hammered the puck past the goalie (06:24).
With numerous chances to extend the lead, had it not been for solid goaltending, the Steelers would have more than just the solo tally in period one.
Sheffield may have controlled much of the first twenty minutes but this didn’t stop the visitors creating chances of their own and Tomas Duba had to be sharp to turn away chances from Matt Marquardt and Eglis Kalns.
Former Steeler, Marquardt would eventually tie the game firing low under the blocker of Duba at 15:56 to send the two sides into the break level.
It was certainly a middle period to forget for the home side with Dundee scoring three unanswered goals and little in the way of clear cut Steelers’ chances.
Firstly Kalns tipped in at the back door to give the Stars their first lead of the night before a shorthanded Anthony Beauregard doubled the advantage (33:14).
At 38:36 with the man advantage, Matt Carter made it 4-1 as he was allowed time alone to fire past Duba.
Into the final twenty minutes and the Steelers pushing hard for a way back into the game were left exposed at the back.
Defending a five on three power-play the Steelers defence was stretched and Colton Kroeker was on hand to fire past Duba who was stretched across the goal.
A late consolation goal from Marek Troncinsky was too little too late for the Steelers and the game came to a close.
Final score: Steelers 2-5 Stars