Sheffield Steelers 5-4 Coventry Blaze

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Max Lacroix was the Sheffield Steeler who had to sit out tonight in a roller coaster game against Coventry Blaze.

The club has 12 imports and can only ice 11, so coach Doug Christiansen had to chop one form the roster to face Coventry Blaze at the Arena.

Lacroix came back to the team last week after a serious ankle injury.

The Canadian, 26, is not match fit though and Christiansen thinks he can afford to rest him.

Dustin Kohn returning from his 3-game suspension

Coventry Blaze started the night just four points off the bottom place shared by Edinburgh Capitals and Fife Flyers.

They were seeking only their 10th win in 30 attempts.

Blaze, who host Nottingham Panthers tomorrow, were trying to avoid losing their fifth straight game.

And they looked like they would achieve that, when they burst into a 3-0 lead.

Two similar blue line strikes on Power Plays from Kenny Kallstrom and Michael Devin put them ahead within eight minutes.

And 31 seconds later it was 0-3, with Frank Doyle’s weak clearance attempt punished by Shea Guthrie.

But a 5-on3 Power Play for Sheffield saw Gord Baldwin score from the top of the slot.

And Steve Goertzen hurled himself towards the near post to scoop the puck in for 2-3 at 17;59.

All that action was replaced by a more subdued middle session, where both defences and goalies were on top.

The scores were levelled when Tim Spencer scored on the PP but Adam Henrich again put the visitors ahead before Baldwin grabbed his second.

Rob Dowd scored a cracking break-away to win the contest in overtime,

Full weekend review in Monday’s Star.