Flames drop 7-3 score at Sheffield

A 3 goal outburst in the first half of the 2nd period put the Steelers in front by a distance that would not be fully made up for the rest of the evening during their 7-3 defeat of the Flames in Sheffield.  It took less than 2 minutes for the Yorkshire club to hit the scoresheet when Eric Neiley got them started.  John Dunbar replied at 15:58 to level it, but the knotted score was short lived thanks to a Mathieu Roy answer before the period timed out.  Roy’s 2nd early in the middle frame made it 3-1.  Ben O’Connor extended it further in the 28th minute and Liam Kirk had the home team well in command just over halfway.  In the period’s dying seconds Rhett Rachinski sparked a bit of hope when he had Spectrum’s men 3 goals off the pace to start the 3rd.  Geoff Walker pulled it a bit closer inside the back half of the final stanza to make it 5-3, but Levi Nelson and Andreas Valdix ensured a full reply would not be on the docket when they closed the scoring in succession less than 5 minutes from time. 

 
“We had some good moments tonight, but some really bad ones too,” said Assistant Coach Milos Melicherik.
 
“We had some quality scoring chances, but lately seem to need 5 or 6 to score rather than 2 or 3 that we were converting earlier on.”
 
“Defensively we have to play smarter and be stronger around the net, but we have to give credit to Sheffield who were very strong on the puck and created a lot of their own good chances.”
 
“Against a deep and talented team like Sheffield we have to be on top of our game from start to finish to make it tighter, but we didn’t manage that despite a lot of quality moments.”
 
“Tomorrow is a new night.  We will see what we can do against another of the league’s Flagship teams when Belfast visit.” 
 

Neil Tucker

Neil has written on ice hockey for many websites concentrating on British ice hockey mostly. Neil also covers ice hockey in other countries and organises his Blueliner Hockey Tour. A graduate of the Manchester Metropolitan University Neil turned his hand to hockey writing in 2009. As well as contributing on Blueliner Hockey Neil has contributed to Get Real Hockey and Slapshot Magasine.

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