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Blaze 1-2 Steelers – 2 Points Head Back to Sheffield.

Blaze 1-2 Steelers – 2 Points Head Back to Sheffield.

 

A huge 2 points for the Steelers in Coventry on Friday evening with a 2-1 road win against the Blaze.

A first period goal from Sam Jones and a late power-play winner from Justin Hodgman secured the points for Aaron Fox’s side.

Hodgman was the only returnee to the line up with both Tanner Eberle and John Armstrong still missing.

Period 1.

The Steelers started the game well and the line of Polak in between Messrs Vallerand and Dowd look strong and went close twice.

A Sam Jones blast had the Steelers ahead after just 5.12 with Alex Graham assisting.

The Blaze hit back in the very next shift as Ross Venus broke in from the right wing and fired over the shoulder of Stojanovic to tie the game.

It was end to end action for the remainder of the period with both teams having chances, Tommaso Traversa going closest for the Steelers.

It was Traversa who took then only penalty of the opening period when he took a slashing minor with just 36 seconds remaining.

Steelers art the second period with a 84 second kill.

Period 2.

The Steelers killed the Blaze short power-play at the start of the period.

In a period of few quality chances both teams had power play chances.

Halbert for hooking at 26.31 gave the Steelers their first and only PP opportunity to date

Then penalties against Jones and Vallerand have given the Blaze a chance to take the lead, to date not taken.

End of the second period it remains Blaze 1-1 Steelers

Period 3. 

It was a tense final period but both sides had their chances.

Alec Marsh’s hooking penalty in the 51st minute gave the Steelers a chance of victory and Justin Hodgman finished off a move assisted by Traversa and Latal

Blaze pulled Motte in the final minute and had a late power play when Jonathan Phillips was called for hooking with 10 seconds remaining.

Steelers stayed strong and victorious.

Final score. Blaze 1-2 Steelers.

Steelers man of the match: Sam Jones.

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