DREW Fata scored a point shot on a power play to give Steelers a 1-0 lead over Cardiff Devils at Sheffield Arena tonight - and later had to bail the club out by winning the match on penalty shots.
The 19th minute strike was needed to settle the nerves after a period in which the home side didn’t shoot enough and Devils twice hit the post.
Devils roared back with goals from Tyson Marsh and Luke Piggott, though.
Yet a flukey goal from Shawn Limpright was followed by a cracker from Steve Goertzen - so it was 3-2 to Sheffield.
It had been a messy middle period, and coach Ryan Finnerty must have hoped for some composure in the last period.
He didn’t get it.
Stuart Macrae got a deserved equaliser and the game went into overtime and penalty shots.
After 10 shots, man of the match Fata cooly despatched scored the winner.
Coach Ryan Finnerty was upbeat afterwards, saying it had been an exciting game and that Sheffield had controlled the last 12 minutes, in particular.
Period Scores: 1-0, 2-2, 0-1, 0-0, 1-0 (2-1)
Penalty Mins: She 2+2+0+0=4, Car 4+0+2+0=6
Powerplay: She 1/3, Car 0/2
Shots On: John DeCaro 8+14+10+3=35, Phil Osaer 12+8+7+4=31
Referees: Andy Carson
Read a full round-up in Saturday’s Star.