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Touchdown: Grandview Steelers score seven in first win of 2023-24

Burnaby's Steven Konechny lit the lamp twice as the Steelers claimed victory on home ice against the PJHL's newest franchise.
The Grandview Steelers carved out their first win of the 2023-24 season with a 7-2 rout of the PJHL's newest team, the Port Coquitlam Trailblazers.

The Grandview Steelers took a page out of the football playbook to notch their first win of the 2023-24 season — and on a Sunday no less.

The black and yellow found the back of the net seven times at Burnaby Winter Club on Sept. 17, scoring a metaphoric touchdown to claim a 7-2 victory against the Port Coquitlam Trailblazers.

With the win, the Steelers improve to 1-1-0-1 in the new campaign; one win, one regulation loss and one shootout loss.

Burnaby forward Steven Konechny led the scoresheet with two goals, both coming in the second period, one on a power-play, in a span of under seven minutes.

He added an assist for the fifth multi-point game of his Pacific Junior Hockey League (PJHL) career.

Oliver Nottingham of New Westminster also recorded three points against the expansion Trailblazers, one goal and two assists.

The forward's apples were provided for Konechny's second of the game that put the Steelers up 4-1 and captain Gabriel Adam's 7-2 insurance marker with 27 seconds left in the contest.

Grandview goaltender Shayan Kermany turned away 29 of 31 pucks to nab the first win in his third PJHL year, while his teammated fired a total of 41 shots to the Trailblazers' net.

The rest of the Steelers' scoring arsenal consisted of Lucas Fox, Aidan Teixeira and Evan Kelsch, who's goal with 1:08 left in the second period was the first of his PJHL career.

Both Grandview and Port Coquitlam capitalized once while on a man advantage.

The Steelers will look to weld two back-to-back wins together this weekend. They head to Port Moody on Saturday, Sept. 23 to face the Panthers, then will host the Ridge Meadows Flames on Sunday, Sept. 24.

Puck drop goes for 7:15 p.m. at Burnaby Winter Club (4990 Canada Way).