Sheffield Steelers 3 Coventry Blaze 2 (after overtime): Steelers back on top of table

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Just 24 hours after slipping down from their newly-earned position at the top of the table, Sheffield Steelers leapfrogged back to the summit.

And they achieved it last night without Danny Bois, who won’t forget his first weekend in the UK.

Cullen Eddy's goal for Steelers against Coventry

Cullen Eddy's goal for Steelers against Coventry

The new Steeler was locked up in a cell at Heathrow airport for 10 hours because of a wrong date on his paperwork.

Then on his debut he was battered by Braehead’s Zack Fitzgerald - missing the rest of the weekend’s action.

However his new team’s win over Coventry last night saw them go back on top.

After a slow start, Blaze’s Kyle Bochek let Steelers in - he lost the puck, then boarded Mathieu Roy only to see Michael Forney gobble up a chance in front of goal at 6;52.

Steve Goertzen, who regards his old Steeler team as “a front-runner” for the title, was in charge as player-coach of Blaze, following the sacking of Marc Lefebvre.

And he equalised at 10;14, in Coventry’s first attack. Goalie Frank Doyle pawed away a shot from Ross Venus only for the former Arena captain to make it 1-1.

Then a busy period of play: Gord Baldwin flattened Ashley Tait after he’d clashed with Ben O’Connor, Rory Rawlyk’s shot was parried by Doyle and in the resulting counter attack Cullen Eddy scored at 14.17. Just 26 seconds later, Steelers’ defence obligingly parted for Goertzen to rattle home his second.

Coventry, who were slaughtered 8-3 at home by Cardiff Devils, the night before - their third league loss on the bounce, had been virtually invited back into the game.

The second period was barren in goal terms, but not in attempts. Steelers were wasteful, with Colton Frettter (twice), Mark Thomas and Rod Sarich all off target.

Sarich also hit a post, as did Blaze’s Jereme Tendler and both goalies stopped breakaways.

Visiting netminder Brian Stewart made show-stopping saves from Forney and Rob Dowd, too. Coventry had their fair share of possession in period three as Steelers looked like a team that had just played three games in three nights.

Eddy fought with Bochek and there were chances for rivals Fretter and Jakub Sindel.

In overtime, Rawlyk took a slashing penalty and on the 4v3 Power Play, top scorer Roy helped himself to a rebound to stake the winner.


Sunday 23rd November

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Sheffield Steelers 3 Coventry Blaze 2 (OT)

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