Thursday night hockey for your Sheffield Window Centre Sheffield Steelers, this time in white and orange as we took on the Coventry Blaze in an ‘away’ fixture.
The Steelers were dominant on Tuesday night over the Blaze and came out with a comfortable win which saw the Steelers sit on their own at the top of the table.
Before puckdrop, the Steelers were 1 point in front of the Manchester Storm with tonight’s game to play.
Curtis Warburton continues to get the start in net following his efforts in the previous couple of games where he has been on top of his game and took his first professional win as a starter on Wednesday night.
The starting 6 announced as:
A tense affair ensued for the first 10 minutes with the neutral zone blocked and neither team getting much traffic in on either netminder who did what they needed to do at both ends when called upon.
It was 14 minutes into the game when it came alive courtesy of a Steelers powerplay via a hooking call.
The stick of the now hot Brendan Connolly put the Steelers ahead at 14.16 after good work from the Steelers line stole the puck back in the Blaze offensive zone and found Connolly at the back post. There was still lots of work to do for Connolly and he somehow found a gap on Hedley. Steelers 1.1, assisted by Sondre Olden.
The game continued to go back and forth but the period ended 1-0 to the men in Orange.
It was all Steelers in the 2nd period with the second goal coming at only 21.56, Mikyska finding Eberle at the back door who beat Hedley up high. Kirk also picking up an assist.
The Blaze did manage to find a goal via Mike Hammond at 26.10, assisted by Jermain and Krogdahl.
There was no stopping the Steelers though as they began to take full control.
Beaudry was the man on the spot for the Steelers after good offensive work from Pakozdi. Beaudry managing to squeeze the puck past Hedley at 26.34, assisted by Saxrud-Danielsen and Pakozdi who picked up his first point in orange.
The Steelers kept coming and only a couple of minutes later at 28.40, Waller punished the Blaze, assisted by J Phillips and Hewitt.
The last thing the Blaze needed at this point was a penalty, but this came via a tripping call in the 35th minute and the Steelers took advantage again.
Tanner Eberle on the scoresheet again for his 2nd of the night, assisted by Mikyska. Goal timed at 36.33.
The Steelers in full control heading into the 3rd period at 5-1
The third period was full of action, goals for both sides and a couple of fights to note.
The first “fight” of the night in the 42nd minute via Davey Phillips sticking up for his goalie when Jermain decided to put a late stick in on young Warburton.
The Steelers made it hurt where it really matters though and this time through Kirk, who was at the backdoor to slide the puck home after good work from Eberle sent the puck across the blue paint. The goal timed at 42.55.
The Steelers then went off the boil for 5 minute and the Blaze managed to punish the men in Orange 3 times.
Mac Howlett was next on the board at 45.31, assisted by Antanov.
Next up was Tristan Keck, the man with all the points for the Blaze in this series, again finding himself infront of the net to beat Warburton at 46.58, assisted by Duggan and Krogdahl.
The final of the flurry was from Sam Duggan, timed at 48.51 courtesy of a powerplay, assisted by Clements and Jermain.
Dowd was clearly unhappy with the performance in the previous few minutes and when he was tied up with Krogdahl infront of the Blaze goal, he made his emotions known and took the knockdown in a quick-fire fight! No one messes with the Golden Child!
The Steelers were still nervous at 6-4 and the nerves got no better when at 58.33 Mike Hammond made the score 6-5 courtesy of another Steelers man in the box.
It was tense, but the hot stick of Connolly calmed proceedings by finding the back of the empty net at 59.32 unassisted.
A good night in the end for the Steelers as they take the win 7-5 and go 3 points clear at the top of the table.
Our next game is on Saturday, a ‘home’ game against our friends down the road – See you there!