After a sluggish start start to the season the Steel responded with a huge third period this past saturday to upend the Minnesota Flying Aces 5-3.
The scoring got started when goalie Jackson Germaine moved a puck to defensman Isaac Hale. Hale patiently held the puck in his own zone until he found a streaking Jace Childs crossing the Aces blueline and went in untouched to give the Steel a 1-0 lead (Jace Childs from Isaac Hale, Jackson Germaine).
The Aces responded with a goal late in the first period and added two more in the second to take a 3-1 lead heading into the third period.
After a regroup and an opportunity for the Steel to focus on what needed to be done in the third they hit the ice with a whole new mindset…'put the puck in the net'. After a 7-0 shot advantage to start the third period the Steel went on the Powerplay and made the aces pay. Ben Ihrie scored a nice backdoor goal with the assists going to Tyler Lodin and Jace Child (Ben Ihrie from Tyler Lodin, Childs) to bring the Steel within one. Just 49 seconds later the Steel would tie the game up with a shot from Ryen Zerfas that found twine with assists going to Childs and Lodin again (Ryen Zerfas from Lodin, Childs) and that was the goal that continued to fuel the fire for the Steel as they never looked back.
Just one minute later the Steel captured the lead with a goal from Chase Myers-Beck a play that was set up by Garret Nelson and Tony Arias (Chase Myers-beck from Garret Nelson, Tony Arias). The Steel felt that they needed one more as they lined up for the faceoff following the 4th goal. The faceoff was won back to Isaac Hale who gave a nice pass in transition to Myers-Beck. Myers-Beck took the puck into the zone as he fed the puck across to Arias who buried the puck just 18 seconds later for the final score of the game.
The big third period helped mark the first win of the season for the Steel following a shootout loss to the Aces on Friday.
Jackson Germaine got the win in net for the Steel with a 25 save performance.
The Steel are back on the road on Friday October, 18th against the Breezy Point North Stars before returing home against division leading Granite city on Saturday October 19th.