Steelers will take a one goal advantage into Thursday night’s second leg of the #2021EliteSeries play off series with the Manchester Storm.
Tanner Eberle (2), Sam Jones, Sondre Olden and Jeremy Beaudry scored for the Steelers whilst Maxime Fortier was the star of the show for the Storm as he nettered a hatrick.
The night started well for the Steelers with the game time news that John Muse would return to the line up. The clubs starting goalie hadn’t played since leaving the first game of the series just 34 minutes in.
Only half an hour later when warm up had been completed came the news that forward Liam Kirk had been scratched from the starting line up following an injury picked up in last Sunday’s game against the Storm.
Steelers started well but couldn’t make their early advantage tell despite chances.
It was the Storm who scored first, 08.04 when Maxime Fortier broke down the right wing, cut inside and backhanded through Muse for the opening goal of the night.
Steelers had to wait until the 19th minute before Sam Jones nicey finished nicely at 18.49 to tie the game.
With 28 seconds remaining in the period Tanner Eberle forced Dallas Ehrhardt into a 2 minute tripping minor, the first penalty of the period. Steelers will start the second period on fresh ice on the power-play.
Whilst the Steelers failed to convert on the one man advantage they didn’t have to wait to long. Connolly found Schulze whose shot was tipped by Tanner Eberle for the 2-1 lead at 21.40
Fortier grabbed his second of the night as he broke clear and beat Muse high stick side to level at 2-2 3 minutes later.
Mikyska down the left wing found Sondre Olden who controlled nicely and beat Sean Bonar for the 3-2 lead for Aaron Fox’s men (32.22)
Jason Hewitt ended a long shift with a heavy shot that rebounded to Jeremy Beaudry who converted for 4-2 at 36.21
Maxime Fortier then completed his hat trick 1.43 seconds before the end of the middle session with a blistering shot.
End to end action at the start of the final period.
9 Minutes in and both Ciaran Long and Brendan Connolly went to the penalty box leaving the two sides to battle 4 on 4.
Dowd broke down the left wing and sent an inch perfect backhand pass to Tanner Eberle who converted to double the Steelers lead (3-5)
Storm hit right back through Jacob Lundell Noer at 50.40 (4-5)
Steelers had to kill a Robert Dowd tripping minor at 52.29 which they did with Muse having to make just the one big save.
Tyson Fawcett took a late slashing minor at 58.07 giving the Steelers an opportunity to extend their advantage. A late Robert Dowd shot was deflected off the inside of the post as the final hooter went.
After the first leg. Manchester Storm 4-5 Steelers
Second leg: Steelers Vs. Manchester Storm 7pm on Thursday.