Two goals in the space of five minutes were enough to push the Sheffield Steelers over the line to beat the Coventry Blaze on Saturday night.
On a special night in Sheffield, the Steelers served up a four-goal treat for the 6,700 in attendance at the FlyDSA Arena.
A goal courtesy of Marc-Olivier Vallerand just 01:46 into the game rewarded the Steelers for their fast-paced start and Robert Dowd found the net at 04:50 to cap off a frenetic first five minutes.
Coming off the back of two losses the weekend before, Aaron Fox’s side were going about their ways to get the Steelers train back on track.
Steelers were in control of the whole first period and tested Coventry goalie, Jamie Phillips on numerous times. Had it not been for some solid goaltending the Steelers could have led by much more.
Things would get a little scrappy as the period wound down with a few clashes between the benches.
Marc-Olivier Vallerand, Brendan Connolly and Anthony DeLuca were a force to be reckoned with, creating chances, drawing penalties and getting under the skin of both the players and the fans of the Coventry Blaze.
This would set the tone for things to come in the middle period and it was that man DeLuca who would bring the crowd to their feet as he came together with Scheistel on the boards.
A short tussle was ended by DeLuca wresting his fighting opponent to the ground and the atmosphere was cranked up even more.
It wasn’t to be the end of the intensity as it carried on throughout the remaining minutes to make it a very entertaining game of hockey to watch.
As the Blaze looked for a way back into the game, Tomas Duba and his defenceman were doing a fine job of tightening things up and allowing the visitors very few chances.
Both David Broll and Evan Bloodoff came close but again the tale was the same with Duba standing firm.
With 42 minutes on the clock, Luke Ferrara was accredited with the Blaze’s first goal of the night as two bodies collided in front of Duba and directed the puck past the Steelers netminder.
The feeling in the arena was that the next goal would win the game and thankfully it fell in the Steelers favour.
After announcing he would remain in Sheffield for the season, Marek Troncinsky took to one knee and fired high past a diving Phillips to make it 3-1. (44:28)
A great way to celebrate for a player who has fast become very highly thought off by the whole organisation.
The comfort room was created when Tanner Eberle pounced on a loose puck at the top of the crease to take the score to 4-1 and seal the victory for the Steelers.
Final Score: Steelers 4-1 Blaze