The Guildford Flames lead the Steelers 3-2 after the first period in the 2ndleg of the Challenge Cup quarter final.
Steelers twice led through Justin Buzzeo and Robert Dowd but were quickly pegged back on both occasions by the hosts.
Steelers started with John Armstrong in the line up alongside Jonas Fredriksson, a Swedish defenseman who has been training with the club all season (and playing with the Sutton Sing). This meant with 14 imports icing Anthony DeLuca was a healthy scratch.
O’Connor’s shot was redirected by Buzzeo at 4.58 to give the Steelers a dream start.
The Flames equalised less than 4 minutes later through Ian Watters.
36 Seconds later and Robert Dowd had restored the Steelers lead (McFadden and Armstrong).
End to end action saw the Flames level at 10.05 when Ackered equalised.
Josh Pitt’s intended pass to Arron Johnson was intercepted by Reddick who strode in to give the Flames the lead for the first time on the night.
Steelers started the middle session the better side and came close to levelling the score on a couple of occasions.
Against the run of play the Flames broke and extended their lead when Crooks scored a 4th.
Steelers thought they had pulled a goal back when McGrath set up O’Connor on a 3on2 breakaway, Benny looked like he had the Flames goalie beaten but shot wide.
McGrath then set up Eberle whose one time shot was denied.
Owens drove the net with his shot hitting the post.
Steelers creating and having the majority of the play but failing to convert.
Tanner Eberle gave the Steelers hope in the 48thminute, his goal pulling it back to 4-3.
Flames struck on the power-play, with #53 Arran Johnson sitting out 2 minutes, the Flames made it 5-3 at 53.53.
Eberle broke through the Flames D with just over 2 minutes remaining to score a 4thfor the Steelers and give us all an edge of your seat conclusion.
Matt Climie was pulled to the bench and the Steelers through the kitchen sink at the Flames goal, this time though it wasn’t to be and the Flames go through to the semi final with a 5-4 victory and an 9-8 aggregate.