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Steelers 5 – 3 Flames

Steelers 5 – 3 Flames

Marc-Olivier Vallerand was back in the lineup and back amongst the goals for the Sheffield Steelers as they put five past the Flames to secure two vital league points.

Guildford started strongly and forced Tomas Duba into several early saves but none troubled the Steelers netminder too much, and the score remained tied at 0-0.

Leading the charge for the visitors were the usual suspects Calle Ackered and John Dunbar, but neither could find a way past the Czech goalie.

Sheffield had their fair share of chances two with Robert Dowd, Ben O’Connor and Marco Vallerand all going close.

The number 88 opened the scoring on the power play after an exquisite saucer pass from Brendan Connolly found the stick of Vallerand who fired low past Peeters (11:47)

Less than a minute later and it was 2-0, this time it was Jonathan Phillips in the right spot to convert from close range, his second goal in as many games (12:42)

Steelers continued to press and the ice was fully tilted in favour of Aaron Fox’s side.

At 18:34 Brendan Connolly was rewarded for his hard work and buried his chance past the Flames netminder to extend the Steelers lead even further.

Connolly gets a goal – Dean Woolley

Just before the end of the first period, Steelers would make it 4-0, James Bettauer this time stepping into the play, picking up a rebound and firing it high into the net (19:09)

Period 2 lacked the intensity the first twenty minutes held and neither side took a grip of the game.

However, at 32:15 it would be 5-0 and a second of the night for James Bettauer, his shot from the blue line finding a way past the covering Flames screen and in.

Head coach of the Flames, Paul Dixon sent a strong rallying call to his bench and they soon had their first goal of the night.

Defenseman Corbin Baldwin picking up a loose puck and firing it past Duba (32:38. It was 5-2 at 39:00 as a flat-footed Steelers defence was caught high on the play and a 2on1 was finished off at the second attempt, T.J Foster the scorer.

There was to be no further scoring for the Steelers in the game, with the only other goal coming from Flames forward Ian Watters with a little under fifteen minutes left on the clock.

It could have been a lot closer had it not been for a number of Tomas Duba saves to keep the Flames at bay.

Despite pulling Peeters with two minutes remaining, the extra-attacker came to no avail and the Steelers shut the door.

Final Score: Steelers 5-3 Flames

Marc-Olivier Vallerand (DeLuca) 11:47 PPG
Jonathan Phillips (Eberle) 12:42
Brendan Connolly (Vallerand, DeLuca) 18:34
James Bettauer (Meland, Phillips) 19:09
James Bettauer (Connolly) 32:15

 

 

 

 

 

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