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Steelers 7 - 1 Belfast Giants

Sheffield Steelers Post Game Podcast

Nothing beats Saturday night hockey action at the Utilita Sheffield Arena the Steelers were back in Elite League action tonight against the Belfast Giants after an impressive 6-0 win against the Fife Flyers on Wednesday night just gone.

Team news wasn’t great when it was confirmed that Martin Latal, Brendan Connolly and John Armstrong were still missing from the line-up along with Brandon Whistle who had ben recalled to the Leeds Knights. Reinforcement came in the way of Alex Graham who re-joined the line-up.

Barry Brust got the start again tonight after his shut out on Wednesday, backed up by Rok Stojanovic.

Given the depleted line up for the Steelers you would forgive them for thinking they had maybe 30 or 40 minutes to win the game before fatigue set in, but they took only 20 minutes to put themselves in the driving seat with 5 goals in the first period.

3.19 – The original short from Kevin Schulze was controlled by Evan Mosey infront of Tyler Beskorowany where he pulled it back and fired it over the pad. 1-0

4.12 – The Giants fired straight back when JJ Piccinich caught Brust slightly cold and beat him high. Assisted by Darcey Murphy and Scott Conway. 1-1

11.53 – Anthony DeLuca with a repeat move from Wednesday night at the left wing hash marks as he spun on the spot and beat Beskorowany down low. 2-1

13.22 – A Powerplay goal from Marco Vallerand as he made his way in from the right wing, found space in the middle and made no mistake finding the back of the net. 3-1

14.26 – Tanner Eberle on the spot as the initial shot was a little but too much to handle for Beskorowany and Eberle was there to poke it home. 4-1

19.23 – DeLuca with the initial work to break up the play who handed it off the Justin Hodgman to set up a three on one breakaway. Hodgman to Kevjn Schulze at the back door and he shot top shelf past Beskorowany

The period of the season for the Steelers as they led 5-1 at the first intermission.

There was only one play to write home about in the second period, and forgetting the 7 goals, it brought the biggest cheer of the night as Barry Brust left in crease to crunch his man behind the Steelers goal!

Other than Barry’s play and the exchange of penalties the Steelers played another solid 20 minutes to keep the 4 goal lead at 5-1.

The Steelers played the perfect game in the third, keeping the Giants chances to the outside and to a minimum with Brust coming up big when required.

The game came back alive at 56.28 when Ruopp who had been looking for it for a while was tossed from the game for unsportsmanlike conduct after clashing with Sam Jones.

The Steelers took advantage of the ensuing penalty at 57.34 as Matias Sointu kept his scoring streak alive as he broke and put the puck under Whistle which just got over the line.

The cherry on the cake came at 58.59 when Davey Phillips finished the night with a blast as he beat Whistle from the blue line with a cannon.

A beat up, deleted team, but a team with heart, passion and determination came out on top tonight, and came out emphatically by 7 goals to 1. 7 goals and 7 different goal scorers; the perfect night.

Despite the goals, it was Barry Brust who took the Man of the Match award for some outstanding saves, especially in the first period to give us every chance to building the lead that took us to victory. More work is required on the Eddy effort, but other than that, another great night for Brust.

Courtesy of Sheffield Steelers