Steelers snuff out Trailblazers, 7-2

Steeler goalie Shayan Kermany faced 31 shots Sept. 17. (Alistair Burns / Grandview Steelers)

Grandview’s Shayan Kermany notches first win of 2023-2024 season

Steeler Shayan Kermany during warm-up. (Alistair Burns / Grandview Steelers)

BURNABY WINTER CLUB – Grandview goalie Shayan Kermany provided a jaw-dropping highlight reel between the pipes when he stared down two short-handed breakaways Sept. 17.

On each rush, the veteran netminder outwaited the same opposing player: Port Coquitlam’s Robbie Toor. And on both breakaways, Toor pulled off a forehand to backhand deke – while Kermany spun and flashed his paddle – as the puck rolled wide.

“I think I got a little lucky there. I’m going to be completely honest,” Kermany said with a smile after the 7-2 victory. “Never been undressed so hard in my life before…thought I got a piece of the [puck] but I didn’t,” he quipped.

The 18-year-old’s performance brought a hearty salute from his teammates at the bench. This is Kermany’s third season for the Steelers. Last year, he strapped the pads on for 33 games with 21 wins and a 3.36 goals-against-average.

“Got to be good to lucky and lucky to be good,” Kermany pointed out.

Steeler Steven Konechny. (Alistair Burns / Grandview Steelers)

Konechny shows offensive brilliance

Meanwhile, Steelers Oliver Nottingham and Luke Cox both scored their first goals of the season before teammate Steven Konechny’s powerplay marker put Grandview ahead 3-0.

Cox also provided a physical edge as he flattened Trailblazer Leo Keith with a shoulder hit at centre ice.

After Port Coquitlam’s Markus Jack put his team on the scoreboard, Nottingham fired a heads-up pass to Konechny. He streaked down the left wing and wristed a high shot past Trailblazer goalie Timur Mikhashin to send Port Coquitlam home.

“I didn’t really see it go in – but it went in and that’s all that matters,” Konechny said.

At press time, Sept. 18, the Steelers had a record of one win, one loss, and one shootout loss for a total of three points.

Inside Steeltown post-game interviews

Steeler goalie Shayan Kermany faced 31 Trailblazer shots.

Steeler Steven Konechny praised his teammates for a strong effort.

CCM Three Stars for Sept. 17

Third star: POCO # 9 Robbie Tour (one goal, one assist).

Second star: GRA # 11 Oliver Nottingham (one goal, two assists).

First star: GRA # 26 Steven Konechny (two goals, one assist)

Upcoming games

Sat., Sept. 23rd – @ Pt. Moody Panthers, 7:45 p.m.

Sun., Sept. 24th – v. Ridge Meadows Flames in Burnaby Winter Club, 7:15 p.m.


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