Steelers stake last gasp win

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SHEFFIELD Steelers are just five points behind league leaders Belfast Giants - with four games in hand - after a precarious 5-4 victory at Dundee Stars last night.

Sheffield chalked up their 34th win from 39 games, mainly thanks to their special teams, which scored three Power Play goals and one short handed.

Dundee had lost five previous games against Sheffield, but on the previous occasion, last month, the margin of defeat had be reduced to a single goal. And while they went 2-0 down early on yesterday, they soon came roaring back.

The champions had looked on their way to securing an away win, Fulghum scoring on the Power Play at 5;38 and Mike Ramsay, who had notched 11 points in his last seven games, adding another.

But Dundee, who have won only one of their last seven games, hit back with a vengeance. Canadian defenceman Brennan Turner started the fight-back and the equaliser came 32 seconds into the second period from forward Mark Kolanos.

At 24;30 A.J. MacLean making it 3-2 for the home side.

It was time for Sheffield’s Power Play to kick in - and it did with two goals in three and a half minutes.

First Colt King tipped in Steve Birnstill’s shot, before Steelers’ Coventry-Blaze-transfer-gift Fulghum added his second of the night.

Yet Dundee forced their way past Steelers’ defence again.

The visitors were unable to snuff out right wing Kolanos who netted his second at 44;12, for 4-4.

While defensively, things weren’t going right, Ramsay and Birnstill proved providers again, setting up the winner for Jeff Legue with 70 seconds left.