Steelers learning from their mistakes


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January 12, 2017 12:00 AM

Against good teams, the Lloydminster PWM Steelers are learning that their mistakes, no matter how small, can come back to haunt them in a bad way.
Lloydminster lost 3-1 to the St. Albert Slash, a team that has only lost once this season in the Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL) midget AAA division, and who have a very comfortable 17 point lead on the rest of the league as they hold down the top spot in the six team league.
The Steelers held the early lead in their game, as Tyra Anderson opened the scoring in the first period; however, two short handed goals by the Slash and a late third period goal sealed the victory for St. Albert, that remains the team to beat in the AFHL.
“Is that a team I think we can beat? I do,” said Steelers head coach Eric Morrissette. “It’s a team, because they are talented, you have to be mindful of your mistakes because they will make you pay. With a couple situations, if we take those goals back, it’s a different game completely. That’s a team we have to beat if we want to advance in the playoffs.”
It all comes down to small details, as skilled teams in the AFHL are making the best of their chances when they get the opportunity to, and Lloydminster unfortunately, has had to deal with a few too many mistakes going into the back of their net.
Over the last month of hockey, the Steelers have had a light schedule, only playing three league games in December, while in January, the Steelers have already lost two of their only three games, with their final game in January being this Saturday in Red Deer before the league takes n break for exams.
They last won on Dec. 2 against Edmonton, but since have managed to score just four goals in four games, while they have allowed 16 goals in the same span.
It’s turning into an area of concern as the playoffs get closer, as the Steelers have managed in the past to rely heavily on their goaltending to bail them out, but also are lacking a bona fide goal scorer who can take control of a game and score in a critical moment.
“That’s definitely a focus for us, we need to score more,” said Morrissette. “Again, that goes back to executing small plays in key situations. Whether it’s pass or anything, there was execution for them and that’s how they generated some offence. For us, we had plays we didn’t complete and we could have scored more. Plus we are missing the net. We’re there, we just have to complete.”

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