Steelers Edge Flames

Ian Watters and John Dunbar had the Flames goals and it was knotted at 2 until late in the 3rd when an Eric Neiley strike leaned the decision the way of the Steelers during a 3-2 defeat at Sheffield.  Andreas Jämtin had the Yorkshire hosts in an early 1-0 lead but a powerplay reply by Watters 65 seconds from period close had the teams level to start the 2nd.   Just a few ticks into that frame, Dunbar buried a rebound to give the visitors from Spectrum an edge for the first time.  Levi Nelson, however, had the teams all square at 2 apiece when he netted at 32:43 and that held up through most of the 3rd until Neiley put Sheffield back in front with his winner inside the back 10 minutes. 

 

“This was like a playoff game, fast and physical,” commented Assistant Coach Milos Melicherik.

 

“I thought both teams played really well, and at different times both teams created some good chances. Sheffield definitely had the better of the play in the 2nd and we felt we were the better of the teams in the 3rd.”

 

“Unfortunately, we made one mistake late, and the Steelers made the most of it for the win.”

 

“The boys gave everything they had but tonight just missed out on that little break that might have given the game to us and we will re-group now and look ahead to Sunday’s Manchester 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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