The Grandview Steelers are coming off a decisive victory the previous night against the conference rivals White Rock Whalers as the players must be feeling good with themselves averaging 5 goals the last 3 games. The Aldergrove Kodiaks are coming off a 2 game win streak and will look to continue their strong play.
The Kodiaks jumped all over the Steelers right from the get go and took advantage of some tired legs. A costly turnover at the Steelers blue line sees the Kodiaks find the opening goal. The Steelers settling into the game, make good on their powerplay opportunity to tie up the game.
It was more of the same in the middle frame as the Kodiaks turned up the pressure which gave the Steelers all sorts of fits getting pucks out of their zone. The Steelers conceded the lead to the Kodiaks despite contesting to the ref’s that there was contact with Kermany. The Steelers did find the tying goal once again but this time with the penalty killing unit manufacturing a short handed marker.
The Kodiaks continue to suffocate the Steelers controlling the play and the pace as their pressure was relentless however Kermany and the Steelers held down the fort. About midway through the game, both teams brought chaos to both nets but unable to wrestle the lead away. Late in the third, the Steelers take an ill advised penalty and the Kodiaks score within seconds, which turned out to be the game winning goal. The Kodiaks added an insurance marker shortly after and an empty net goal to seal the deal.
The Steelers generated 30 shots while the Kodiaks produced 31 shots of their own.
The CCM #ALLOUT 3 Stars for tonight’s contest:
1. Kodiaks Carson Preston, 1 goal, 2 assists
2. Kodiaks Lewis Nikkel, 1 goal, 1 assist
3. Kodiaks Taylor Chiu, 2 goal
The 3 Stars are brought to you by CCM.
The Steelers have a tough weekend coming up with match ups against the formidable North Vancouver Wolf Pack on Saturday and the Richmond Sockeyes on Sunday.
The Steelers ran out of gas and drop a decision against the unrelenting Kodiaks who are now on a 3 game win streak at the House of Steeltown Pride.
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