Steelers edge Blaze in shoot-out
The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze fell on the losing side of an enthralling sudden death penalty shots game against the Sheffield Steelers at the Skydome Arena on Sunday.
The Steelers scored late to tie the Elite League fixture 1-1 before coming back from 2-0 down in the shoot-out to win in sudden death through John Armstrong.
Live on Premier Sports, the Blaze were forced to kill of an early penalty before getting two powerplay opportunities of their own, however Rok Stojanovic in the Steelers made several good saves, a trend which continued all night long.
With 2.47 remaining in the period, the Blaze did manage to beat Stojanovic through David Clements who fired a slapshot past the Slovene to give the home side a 1-0 advantage.
Coventry had further powerplay opportunities in the second period but were unable to find a second goal. The best chance coming for Johnny Curran who fired wide on a breakaway.
A four-minute high-sticking call on David Broll gave Sheffield a chance to equalise at 51.35 but the Blaze and C.J. Motte stood strong.
However, the away side were finally able to find a way past Motte at 55.22 when Dan Todd fired through a screen to make it 1-1.
Both teams had chances in an exciting period of 3-on-3 overtime but despite Coventry continuing to edge the play, no goals were scored and the game went to a shoot-out.
Evan Bloodoff and Mat Thompson each scored to give Blaze a 2-0 advantage, but Brendan Connolly and John Armstrong each registered with Sheffield's final two shots to take the shoot-out to sudden death.
Armstrong stood up again to beat Motte with a nice move before Stojanovic denied Bloodoff to earn Sheffield the two points.