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Third Period Surge Gives Steelers Healthy Lead – Steelers 5:1 Flyers

Third Period Surge Gives Steelers Healthy Lead – Steelers 5:1 Flyers

The Steelers left it until the third period to create a healthy lead tonight as they came out victorious by five goals to one and ultimately take a four goal cushion into next weeks 2nd leg encounter in Kirkcaldy in Challenge Cup quarter final action against the Fife Flyers.

The cushion was built with a shortened squad as Tanner Eberle, Justin Hodgman and John Armstrong joined Brendan Connolly and Adrian Saxrud-Danielsen on the list of missing players.

Reinforcements came in the way of Cole Shudra and Brandon Whistle, whilst Barry Brust was back between the pipes and backed up by Rok Stojanovic.

Only one goal came in the first two periods of the match timed at 9.16 when Robert Dowd found the back of the net after Vallerand had hit the post and the Steelers recycled well before Dowd went five-hole on Owen who impressed himself throughout the night. Captain Jono with the assist.

Goals came thick and fast in the third period, the second and third goals coming within 3 minutes of each other at 47.56 and 50.26 scored by Matias Sointu and Evan Mosey respectively. Mosey’s goal having to take a trip to Toronto to confirm no goaltender interference.

After Michael McNicholas put the Flyers on the board with their only goal of the night at 53.56, the Steelers took only 14 seconds on this occasion to find the net another two times.

First, Robert Dowd at 55.13 scored the goal of the night unassisted as he dangled his way around the Flyers defencemen and went top shelf on Owen before Vojtech Polak was found at the backpost at 55.27 by Evan Mosey and buried his shot. Martin Latal also picking up an assist on the play.

For his two goals on the night, Robert Dowd picked up the Man of the Match and called for the Flying V for his Eddy, although he couldn’t find the back of the net for his Eddy Hat-Trick.

A good night at the office for the men in Orange and a good lead to take up North.

We are back at the Utilita Arena on Saturday night against the Guildford Flames in Elite League action, 7pm face-off – See you there Sheffield!

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