Tuesday 13th September 2011
The Steelers made it two wins out of two with a 4-1 home opening victory against the Dundee Stars on Saturday evening at the Motorpoint Arena.
Neil Clark led the way with 2 goals and a 3 point night with further strikes coming from Mike Ramsey and Colt King, both making their home debut.
Steelers outshot the Stars 10-2 in the opening period but only had King's goal to show for it at the first break.
The middle session turned the Steelers way with 3 goals in under 10 minutes, the first coming from Neil Clark whose deflected shot sneaked past Stars new starting goalie Chris Whitley.
The new one-two punch of Jeff Legue and Mike Ramsay showed signs of great things when Legue picked up his 299th Steelers point on Ramsay's opening goal of the season. Legue though made an even better pass moments later, for his 300th, when setting up Neil Clark for his 2nd goal and the Steelers 4th.
Dundee broke the shut out for goalie John DeCaro with just over 5 minutes remaining when former Steeler Dan Ceman netted from close range
The night ended with two fights after Steelers Captain Jonathan Phillips went down after a Chris Zarb hit that was assessed with a 5 minute penalty and a game misconduct for kneeing.
Defenseman Matt Stephenson stepped in to fight Zarb with a later incident involving Chad Huttle and Jeff Hutchins rounding off an enjoyable night for the fans.
What the coach Said ...
Ryan Finnerty "I thought tonight was very encouraging. It was great to open our home fixtures with a win and I thought a convincing one. We created a ton of chances and I was pleased with the four goals.
"We are always going to take penalties, it's the way we play and tonight our penalty kill was outstanding, we gave Dundee very little on their powerplay.
"I thought the big line of Legue, Ramsay and Clark showed real signs of chemistry tonight. Neil had a big night with 2 goals and 3 points, more than that he was always a factor out there.
"We are still making those early season mistakes and they will go as time passes by."
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