AFTER Saturday’s heavy 8-0 away loss in Yorkshire, last night’s defeat seemed like a victory for a Vipers side which scored a rare three-on-five short-handed goal.
The Vipers seemed to heading for a second successive drubbing six minutes into the second period.
Joey Talbot was credited with a flukey powerplay goal to put the Steelers 4-0 ahead, the puck taking two, possibly more, deflections on its way into the net.
However, on 34 minutes the Vipers finally scored their first league goal of the season during a Steelers’s powerplay.
Troms Hartmanis successfully went one on one with netminder Ervins Mustukovs, the forward being successfully with a hip-height shot to the goalie’s right.
While on his knees, Rob Globke quickly restored the Steelers’ four-goal advantage and in the final period the Vipers who, as you would expect from a Danny Stewart-led team, never gave up and made the scoreline respectable.
Two Vipers were in the home penalty box when Dale Mahovsky broke away from the blue line to win his head-to-head confrontation with Mustokovs on 46 minutes, the puck this time by passing the netminder low on his left hand side,
With just over a minute left to play, the deficit was reduced futher when Jaroslav Rzeszutko flicked the puck into the net from short range to capitalise on a powerplay opportunity. Earlier, the signs had looked ominous for the Vipers who conceded two goals in the first period – the first on four minutes being scored by Ashely Tait by redirecting a shot from point.
The Steelers’ 12th-minute second from Jonathan Phillips was a powerplay score, and four minutes into the second period Effinger’s failure to catch the puck resulted in a simple shorthanded score for Jeff Legue.
In Sheffield on Saturday, the Vipers let in five powerplay goals and had a penalty shot scored against them in what was a poor start to their league campaign.
Legue scored a hat-trick and Globke, Jason Hewitt, Steve Munn, Ben Simon and Mark Thomas one apiece, the latter scoring the third-period penalty.
The game as a contest ended in the second period when the Steelers, playing their fifth competitive game, accelerated from a 2-0 to 6-0 lead.
SATURDAY – Steelers: Legue 3+0, Munn 1+2, Globke and Simon 1+1, Hewitt and Thomas 1+0, Phillips 0+2, Bolibruck, Domish, Dowd, Sarich and Tait 0+1.
YESTERDAY – Vipers: Hartmanis, Mahovsky and Rzeszutko 1+0, Forsbacka and Speer 0+1. Steelers: Talbot 1+1, Globke, Phillips, Legue and Tait 1+0, Domish 0+1.