It wasn’t their best outing of the young season, but they did enough for the win.
That is how head coach Allan Measures characterized a two to one victory against the Devon Drillers at the Barrhead Agrena Nov. 3.
Barrhead struck first scoring late in the period thanks to a marker from Jona Cisse with assists going to Justin Haltiner and Devyn Kerr.
In the second period the Steelers increased their lead as a result of Landon Petiot drawing an offensive zone face back to Brendan Bujold who beat Devon goaltender Ryley Heck to the glove side two seconds into a power play eight minutes into the period. A minute later injury replacement player Mario Acevedo had a chance to put the Steelers two goals up after he tried to beat Heck when he got loose on a breakaway from just inside the blue line.
Unfortunately Barrhead could not keep the lead giving up a short-handed goal with about seven-and-a-half minutes to go in the period.
In the third period, the play was mostly even, but Mitchell Carstairs had a chance to cement the victory with six minutes left in the period when he had a breakaway starting from centre ice, but he wasn’t able to convert on Barrhead.
“The reacting and thinking part wasn’t there tonight and I’m not exactly sure why because the effort was there,” Measures said after the game. “But we were able to battle through it and get the two points.”
Barrhead ended the game by successfully killing a four-minute penalty for head contact.
One of the reasons why he believes the team might have been off their game is that too many players were trying to do too much individually.
“The system we play is very team oriented where each player has their own responsibilities,” he said.
As for some of the positives in the game, Measures was pleased with goaltender Colt Griffiths’ performance as well as the play of the replacement players. Due to injury, two players from the Barrhead Renegades were called into action. He was also pleased with the team’s effort.
“You could see they wanted to win and they worked really hard, especially at the end of the game during the four minute penalty kill,” he said, adding he is confident their game will return. “They are a good group of kids. If you ask them about the game tonight, they will tell you the truth about how they played. They are very honest players and as a coach you can’t ask more than that.”
The Steelers so far this season are 3-0-0. Their next game will be at home on Nov. 17.