Sheffield Steelers beat Coventry Blaze 7-2 in Challenge Cup Group B
Last Updated: 20/11/12 4:24pm
Colin Shields: Struck a hat-trick for Steelers
Coventry Blaze saw their 100 per cent record in the Challenge Cup come to an end following a 7-2 defeat to Sheffield Steelers at Sheffield Arena.
Blaze were given a pre-match boost when Benn Olson was cleared to play after his match penalty against Cardiff Devils was rescinded. Jerramie Domish, yet to ice this season, was also back, with Mike Bayrack injured.
Colin Shields put Steelers ahead at 2.49 but Blaze captain Shea Guthrie, with his third goal in as many games, levelled on the powerplay at 18.08.
Shields restored Steelers' lead 32 seconds into the middle season only for Greg Leeb to tie it up at 2-2 with a five-on-three powerplay marker at 30.04.
But powerplay goals from Shawn Limpright (34.54) and Jeff Legue (35.57) handed Steelers a two-goal cushion by the end of the second period.
Blaze replaced goaltender Peter Hirsch with back-up Adam Goss at 51.21 and he was beaten three times by Matt Stephenson (56.32 powerplay), Shields (59.06) and Limpright (59.22).