The Lloydminster PWM Steelers are taking it one game at a time after kicking off their preseason in style.
On Saturday, the team defeated the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs 4-0 in their first exhibition game of the 2020-21 season.
The Steelers dominated the game on both ends of the ice, tallying four goals on 32 shots and holding the Chiefs to 18 empty attempts on net through three periods.
Officials charged the Steelers with eight penalties during the match, but their penalty kill unit was able to stand tall and keep the Chiefs off of the board.
Steelers Coach Morgan Mann said while the team played short-handed for longer than desired in the contest, he isn’t upset with the high number of penalty minutes.
“I thought our penalties were good, aggressive plays. With the refs, those calls are always from one person’s point of view. You may not always agree with the call every time, but they were all penalties because of extra effort in defending. They weren’t selfish penalties, lazy or retaliation. None of them were of that nature.”
He added the penalty kill unit’s aggressive approach proved to be effective in shutting down the Chief’s extra-man advantages.
“When that works, it can be pretty frustrating for the other team.”
Starting off their preseason with a dominant victory gives the Steelers positive momentum moving forward, but Mann said he doesn’t want the team to get ahead of themselves.
The Steelers face off against the Chiefs again this Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Rusway Arena in the Servus Sports Centre.
The Steelers are working on making a live stream of the game available to residents.
Stay tuned to their social media pages for more information and to stay up to date with the Steelers this season.