Jackson Whistle turned away 37 of the 38 shots fired at him on Wednesday night as the Steelers ground out a superb 2-1 victory against the Guildford Flames.
Second-period goals from Eric Neiley and Anthony DeLuca were enough to secure the points but it was the performance of Whistle that was the key factor in obtaining the victory.
The win takes the Steelers into 8th, the final playoff spot. Steelers and the Flames meet again on Saturday at the Fly DSA (Sheffield) Arena, Face Off 7.00pm, Doors Open 6.00pm.
Steelers went into the game without both Robert Dowd and Tom Zanoski. Eric Neiley once again moving up onto the John Armstrong and Jordan Owens line.
After a scoreless first period, it was the Steelers who took the lead. Outstanding work by Jordan Owens re-directing the puck to the net forced a rebound to fall to Eric Neiley who converted nicely.
Anthony DeLuca scored another skilled goal going backhand, forehand to double the lead minutes later.
It looked like the Steelers would take the 2 goal lead into the second-period break but a delayed hooking penalty against Josh Pitt gave the Flames hope. With their goalie pulled to the bench, Erik Lindhagen walked off the wall and fired through traffic with just 39 seconds remaining.
Steelers took the game to the Flames for large parts of the final period. When Guildford had their chances Whistle and the rest of his teams mates were steadfast and determined, blocking shots and being fully committed to the job in hand.
Final Score: Guildford Flames 1-2 Steelers
Saturday 2nd February, 2019.
Steelers Vs. Guildford Flames
Fly DSA (Sheffield) Arena
Face Off 7.00pm
Doors and Shop Open 6.00pm
Tickets: 0114 256 5656