Coventry Blaze v Sheffield Steelers recap
The Sheffield Steelers secured their place in the EIHL final four, their first appearance since 2011.
Coming into the game with a 3 – 2 advantage, the Steelers extended their lead early on, Dustin Kohns first of the night gave the Steelers a two goal lead on aggregate.
A solid opening period by the Steelers ended with the two goal cushion in tact, but in the second they stepped it up a notch.
A five minute spell midway through the second saw Sheffield take full control, Robert Dowd found the net twice, with at even strength and then a power play marker four minutes later before Maxime Lacroix added the third making it a 4 – 0 game and giving the Steelers a 7 – 2 lead overall.
Coventry found the net once, the lone goal coming from Ross Venjs less than 2 minutes into the final frame, but they couldn’t stop the Steelers.
Dustin Kohn netted his second with just over minutes left to play, before Danny Meyers capped off the night with the Steelers sixth goal giving them a 9 – 3 overall victory and comfortably sending them to the playoff weekend where the face the Braehead Clan.
Nate Dicasmiro finished the night with four assists while British forward Robert Dowd improved on his two goal night with an assist for a three-point-night.
The Blaze season ended tonight but they kept their streak of making the playoffs every year alive, the only team to do so since the Cardiff Devils failed to do so this year.
Sheffield will come up against former head coach and player Ryan Finnerty on Saturday as they take on the Braehead Clan with the winner taking on either the Belfast Giants or Fife Flyers.
With the Nottingham Panthers not making the playoff weekend, it guarantees a new champion for the first time since the Giants in 2010.