Rob Dowd leads Sheffield Steelers’ charge to the Play Offs.
The super quick Great Britain winger was the first on the scoreboard at 17;15 for Elite League second-placed Steelers against Hull Stingrays, last night. Then GB colleague Jonathan Phillips added a second with a tidy all British third-line goal.
A third goal looked possible on a Sheffield Power Play, but that idea backfired, French Canadian forward Carl Lauzon pulled one back, short-handed, for plucky Stingrays.
So, Steelers needed to protect themselves, and on form forward Chris Blight banged in a third.
Steelers were rocked on their heels though at 40;28, Lauzon edging Hull back, to 3-2, with his second of the evening.
This wasn’t in Sheffield’s script. But, to be fair, nobody should underestimate Hull, these days.
So a (3-2) win against Hull is no longer a ‘given’ - and helped Steelers to secure second place in the League and a decent play off berth.
On Saturday, Stefan Meyer was the most siginficant contributor in Steelers’ 3-1 win at Edinburgh. Despite Capitals resistance Sheffield went ahead, Meyer poking on past goaltender Tomas Hiadlovsky at 16.29.
In the middle session Steelers’ Dowd failed on a penalty shot at 26.14 but Max Lacroix added another at 28.21.
Steelers were unable to sit on the lead: Capitals pulled one back at 51.33 from Curtis Leinweber but Meyer converted into the empty net with eight seconds of regulation remaining.