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Sarich goal in Coventry helps Steelers to one point Elite League lead

Rod Sarich - Sheffield Steelers v Fife Flyers 14/09/14
Rod Sarich - Sheffield Steelers v Fife Flyers 14/09/14

Veteran Rod Sarich scored the all important goal in Coventry on Sunday, as Sheffield Steelers stayed top of the Elite Ice Hockey League.

His goal put Steelers ahead of their hosts the Blaze, before the Sheffield side went on to secure a 4-2 victory.

Steelers scored the only goal of a tight first period when Tyler Mosienko found the net on the powerplay in the seventh minute.

With the Steelers serving a too many men on the ice penalty at the start of the second period, the Blaze struck back, former Steeler Steven Goertzen converting from close range to tie the game at 22.20.

Blaze then took the lead at 31.46 when Ryan O’Marra shot past Steelers goalie Frank Doyle.

Steelers’ character then came to the forem, as they scored three unanswered goals in less than three minutes.

First Robert Dowd finished off a nice move involving Mike Forney and Jonathan Phillips at 33.49.

Then Sarich tipped home a pass from Mike Forney, with Ben O’Connor securing the second assist.

Coventry’s Craig Cescon took a two plus 10 penalty for checking to the head on Dowd and the resulting powerplay led to Forney firing home for 4-2win.

The victory, combined with Braehead dropping a point in Cardiff, meant Gerard Adams’ men sit one point clear at the top of the table.

On Saturday Steelers host Hull at the Motorpoint Arena at 7pm.