SHEFFIELD Steelers came out top on a topsy turvy game tonight, beating Coventry Blaze 6-4.
Steelers went behind inside the first 10 minutes, influential American forward Luke Fulghum rifling home from home side’s right circle.
Sheffield, who started the game with the two Tait brothers, Ashley and Warren, on the same line, saw plenty of the puck, but couldn’t open up the visiting defence.
There was a brief punch up between Neil Clark and David Phillips, but, generally, not a lot of action to get the Sheffield Arena in a frenzy.
All that changed in a storming, 4-1 second session.
Jeff Legue’s instantaneous reactions buried a back-board rebound to level, Chad Huttel scored from close range and Mike Ramsay scored at the second attempt to make it 3-1.
While Fulghum got one back, a brilliant short-handed strike made it 4-2, courtesy of Legue.
If nothing else, that last goal was worth the entrance money.
Ashley Tait suffered a nasty looking puck-to-foot injury just before the second interval, but recovering to continue.
The game looked safe when Neil Clark wacked a belter from the left wing on 41;23.
But it was anything but that, as Blaze again took the game to the home side, scoring twice on power plays from Aaron Nell and Owen Fussey.
With just a goal between them Clark scored an insurance empty netter.
See a full analysis in Monday’s Star