Steelers huffed and puffed but they couldn’t blow away the Coventry Blaze on Saturday night.
Aaron Fox’s side led early in the first period and in fact, didn’t trail until the 53rd minute – yet it was the Blaze who took advantage scoring late on to take both points in the first of two clashes between these sides over the weekend.
Vallerand and Connolly set up Robert Dowd on a breakaway to open the scoring at 3.28 – the Steelers were on their way, or so they thought.
Broll riffled one past Kantor to level the score at 7.46 but the Steelers hit right back with Anthony Deluca scoring with a sweet finish.
Justin Hamonic was to tie the game in the 26th minute. With Bloodoff in the penalty box, the Steelers were to conceded short-handed.
Bang, the Steelers hit right back once again, not once but twice.
Power-play time for the Steelers and Connolly would give the Steelers the advantage (Dowd)
Connolly would score his second moments later with Dowd and Connolly – Steelers led 4-2
Laakkonen brought a goal back at 28.17 and that’s how the second period ended.
Blaze leveled with just over 10 minutes later – Andrew Johnston.
It was a nervous Arena as both sides went looking for the game-winner.
It was to come in the 53rd minute, Charles Corcoran who slotted home past Kantor.
Blaze would add a 6th goal, a short-handed empty-net goal with 10 seconds remaining, Drew Schiestel the scorer.
Final score: Steelers 4-6 Coventry Blaze.