The Grandview Steelers are coming home to the House of Steeltown Pride, finally playing their first home game in their barn since the New Year as all PJHL teams have had to make scheduling changes.
The Schedule has been adjusted in February with a couple of Wednesday night games to make up from the postponed games. February 2nd, the Steelers will face off against the Ridge Meadows Flames to make up the home game from January 9th. The Steelers have also added a game the following week on Wednesday February 9th against the Richmond Sockeyes to make up the January 5th home game. Keep an eye out on our website for any additional updates to our schedule.
The Steelers are taking on a wounded North Vancouver Wolf Pack team who are coming off an overtime lost to the Sockeyes last night. Make no mistake, this is a very dangerous team as they are best in the west with a group of high flying forwards. The Steelers will be looking to build off the 8-1 victory over the Panthers last night getting multi point contributions from Phillips, Bran and Demelo.
The Wolf Pack string together a few shots to start the game but as the early adrenaline settles down, both teams are in full battle mode attempting to gain zones and sustain pressure. The Steelers take the first penalty but the Wolf Pack take one of their own to negate the man advantage. Defenseman Narduzzi rings one off the post as both teams find their legs and the game opens up with frantic end to end action. The Wolf Pack take advantage to open the scoring but the Steelers follow up with a stretch pass to tie the game. On the next shift, the Steelers quick strike offense allows them to overtake the lead.
The black and gold boys carried most of the play in the middle frame but were unable to increase their lead. On the counter attack, the Wolf Pack get a fortunate bounce to find the equalizer late in the period. The Steelers will need to reset in the 2nd intermission and dig deep to find the momentum again.
The Wolf Pack have been stymied on the powerplay just as the Steelers planned however it quickly unraveled as they quickly set up a heat seeking one tee from the right point to take back the lead. The Steelers didn’t wilt and came back in waves. The Steelers generated a few A+ chances but came up just short. The Wolf Pack added a late empty net goal to seal the deal.
The Steelers skated with the Wolf Pack but could not bury their chances against the league leading Wolf Pack.
The Steelers generated 38 shots while the Wolf Pack registered 28 shots of their own.
The CCM #ALLOUT 3 Stars for tonight’s contest:
1. Wolf Pack #3 Ryan Hunter
2. Wolf Pack #35 Samuel Gilmore
3. Steelers #71 Carter Demelo
The 3 Stars are brought to you by CCM.
The Steelers are scheduled to make their first trip out to Chilliwack to get their first look at the Jets at the Sardis Sports Complex on Saturday afternoon before hosting the high flying Delta Ice Hawks on Sunday night.
The Steelers run with the Wolf Pack but couldn’t find enough bounces to win the race.
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