Double disaster for Steelers

Jason Hewitt levelled for Steelers but Coventry Blaized to victory!
Jason Hewitt levelled for Steelers but Coventry Blaized to victory!
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Sheffield Steelers must pray for a Christmas and New Year miracle if they are going to make a credible assault on this year’s league title.

Sheffield Steelers must pray for a Christmas and New Year miracle if they are going to make a credible assault on this year’s league title.

Two defeats on the road put an end to their three-game winning streak - and possibly much more.

While defeat at the hands of League leaders Belfast, was hardly a shock - the absence of a decent result at Coventry (a team Sheffield have had previously little difficulty with - they had beaten them four times out of five) will be felt more acutely.

Swedish defender Kenny Källström played the first decisive play of last night’s game, scoring for Blaze at 10;39 on a move involving Ashley Tait.

Defeat for Blaze would have been a third-straight reverse...and they held the lead until the 26th minute.

But shortly after a dust-up involving 6ft 3ins Källström and Jason Hewitt, Sheffield made it 1-1, Nate DiCasmirro finishing off an attack manufactured by linemate Rob Sirianni and man of the match Chad Langlais (26.07.)

But as in the previous evening, Steelers were immediately vulnerable after scoring.

Left winger Cale Tanaka wrote his name on the scoresheet within a minute.

Being behind meant risks had to be taken but it was against the run of play Steven Chalmers got past Frank Doye for 3-1, with seven minutes left.

Then it was recent history repeating itself, again.

Steelers pulled their goalie and at 59.33 Russ Cowley made it 4-1.

* Steelers conceded five at league leaders Belfast on Saturday, but that wasn’t a true reflection of a game in which the Irish had just three more shots (33-30.)

Steelers were 3-2 down at 58;20 and lifted Doyle looking to spark the equaliser. Sadly it blew up in their face and Belfast won a game against a side they’d deemed one of their title competitiors.

Steven Goertzen had given Sheffield an early lead, but it was soon rubbed out by a double from Colin Shields and Rob Sandrock strike at 7.07.

Shields added another on the PP before Drew Fata made in game-on with 100 seconds left - a period in which Sandrock and Kevin Saurette found the target. Giants had opened up an 11 point lead over Sheffield.