Ice Hockey: Sheffield Steelers 4 Cardiff Devils 3 - Dowd delivers late as Steelers bounce back from Panthers mauling

Zach Fitzgerald - Sheffield Steelers v Cardiff Devils 01/11/15
Zach Fitzgerald - Sheffield Steelers v Cardiff Devils 01/11/15

Rob Dowd scored the dramatic overtime winner against Cardiff Devils to deliver two much-needed points to Steelers.

His slick turn and shot ended a match that could have gone either way.

And it may be an important goal going forward for a team that sometimes seems to lack confidence and consistency.

In their previous eight games Sheffield had won four, lost four. And away from home, over the season so far, that same statistic also holds true.

But with a clearly injured first-choice goalie in Tyler Plante, achieving consistency is not easy.

He went off with a recurrence of an ankle injury...and that will send alarm bells ringing at the club.

Mathieu Roy - Sheffield Steelers v Cardiff Devils 01/11/15

Mathieu Roy - Sheffield Steelers v Cardiff Devils 01/11/15

Plante was called into action inside 30 seconds when Cardiff’s Joey Martin carved straight through the home defence.

You could tell by the way Plante struggled to his feet that he wasn’t fit.

Guillaume Doucet’s speed beat two orange-shirted defencemen to force Plante into another save, but a Ben O’Connor rocket shot from left point put Steelers ahead (13;51.)

The lead last three minutes only, Plante able to do nothing about a one-timer from Andrew Lord.

The American was beaten by a low shot by Joey Martin at 20;44, short-handed, but that lead was rubbed out when Levi Nelson roofed the puck just 21 seconds later.

Plante was eventually replaced by Brad Day, whose character was tested straight away when Leigh Salters collided with him.

It was no co-incidence that Zack Fitzgerald then fought Salters, a cracking and even duel.

Sheffield re-took the lead, also short-handed, at 25;44 when Mike Duco’s timing on a raid allowed him time and space to beat Ben Bowns.

Steelers, who had a goal controversially rubbed out, should have improved on that lead on an 85 second 5-on-3 PP, but couldn’t execute. They also had defensive lapses, Rob Dowd, Ross Moyer and Jace Coyle giving up the puck in the home zone.

At 42;16 Carl Hudson sneaked the equaliser past Day, Mosienko failing to keep the puck dribbling over the line. Day was doing well though, he made a cracking glove save from Doucet . But overtime saw Dowd step up to the plate and his strike ensured the win.

On Saturday, Steelers endured a Halloween horror result at Nottingham, despite Luke Ferrara and Tyler Mosienko putting them 2-0 up. Panthers wrestled the lead with a 4-1 middle and a 3-1 final period romp as Sheffield made too many mistakes before caving in.

Matthew Myers scored a brace, with others from Juraj Kolnik, David Clarke, Andy Bohmbach, Evan Mosey and Logan MacMillan. Steelers, who too regularly concede goals in bunches, shipped in three goals in 134 seconds at one spell. Mathieu Roy and Cullen Eddy scored the consolations.

“Utterly disappointed” coach Paul Thompson felt his side should have been five goals to the good in the first period.