Ferrara double not enough for Blaze
Despite a pair of goals from British forward Luke Ferrara against his old side, the Genting Casino Coventry Blaze were defeated 5-2 at the Fly DSA Arena in Sheffield.
Garrett Ladd was again sidelined for Coventry, whilst Jonas Westerling and Scott Aarssen were missing for the Steelers.
The opening period was a story of former players coming back to haunt their past mates. Matt Marquardt of Blaze last year putting Steelers ahead on the powerplay with a nice move and finish in tight (6.15).
Luke Ferrara, a playoff winner with Sheffield then scored his first of two for Coventry, tying the game at one with a re-direct from a Dax Lauwers shot (11.14).
Andreas Valdix who had the first assist on Steelers' opening goal made it 2-1 (21.44) before Ferrara added his second. The British forward converting a penalty-shot (34.54) to end the second period all square at two.
Despite Blaze outshooting their opponents (35-31) it was Sheffield who hit the hammer blow through Robert Dowd with the game-winning-goal (45.39) making it 3-2, the Brits third point of the night.
Finnish defenceman Joonas Ronnberg secured the result, catching Blaze goalie Kevin Nastiuk unaware following a first stop on the powerplay (57.42). Swedish centreman Valdix getting his third point, his line with Dowd and Levi Nelson causing Blaze problems all night.
With Nastiuk pulled for the extra skater, Steelers' Captain Jonathan Phillips completed the scoring 5-2 with an empty net goal (58.44).
Blaze Head Coach Danny Stewart said, "Again, I find myself saying we did everything right to win a hockey game but didn’t. The guys we brought in to put the puck in the net have got to start finding it. We are getting shots, chances, offensive zone time and just not finding the back of the net. It’s the difference right now and we have to find it. Our powerplay has to start being a difference maker and allow us to gain momentum during games."