Sheffield Steelers: Glasgow Clan 3-5 Sheffield Steelers: Sheffield show their steel with fightback win, despite injuries
A ruthless scoring spree lasting just three minutes, 44 seconds kept Steelers riding high at the top of the EIHL table
Sheffield were trailing 1-3 at Glasgow before they suddenly went into overdrive to claim both points.
It was a stunning fightback from an injury-hit squad and illustrates the club’s intent to hold on to their position at the pinnacle.
Aaron Fox’s men had thrilled 9,118 fans at Sheffield Arena on Saturday with a 6-2 hiding of Guildford Flames to go five points clear.
And they almost got off to a perfect start on Sunday with Tanner Eberle and John Armstrong forcing an odd-man rush.
Clan claimed the first goal though, ex-Steeler Mathieu Roy feeding Craig Peacock, at 3:08. Roy was dictating Clan’s best moves and his movement set up Peacock, who pinged a post.
Steeler Nikolai Lemtyugov, with three assists from the previous night, brought parity to the scoreboard. After mugging d-man Linden Springer, he crashed in off the bar.
But three minutes later, with Eberle in the penalty box, Roy found space to put the Clan ahead (17:31.)
Steelers were reinvigorated after the break and Lemtyugov could have added to his tally, although goalie Tomas Duba faced efforts from Rasmus Bjerrum and Nolan LaPorte.
Then Aaron Brocklehurst’s effort struck the post, the puck ran across the goal line but Killeen kept it out. Fox thought it worth a review – but video confirmed it hadn’t gone in.
Goalies at opposite ends underlined their value, denying breakaways from Eberle and Scott Tanski.
But it was Clan’s Danish winger Bjerrum who defined the period, making it 3-1 at 37:16, a goal against the run of play.
Steelers had lost only one of their last 10 games but now seemed to have their backs against the wall, especially as they had Eric Meland and Marek Troncinsky in the penalty box early in the third.
But two goals in 44 seconds spun the game on its head. First Jonathan Phillips tipped in, followed by Michael Davies, whose back post strike was assisted by defencemen Jonas Liwing and Brocklehurst. Suddenly it was raining Sheffield goals: Anthony DeLuca with a rocket on the power play and Eberele joining the fun.