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Congratulations Nottingham Panthers – #2021EliteSeries Champions

Congratulations Nottingham Panthers – #2021EliteSeries Champions

A big Sunday night ‘away’ game for the Sheffield Steelers tonight. A big game that mattered as we looked to take revenge on the defeat sustained last night against the Panthers who led the 3 game series 1-0.

The squad remained the same as the previous night with the lines being mixed up. Captain Jono stepping up onto the line with Connolly and Olden. Kirk tonight dropping down to the 3rd.

Muse keeps his place between the pipes, backed up again by Ben Churchfield.

The Steelers starting 6 named as:

J Muse

J Beaudry

A Saxrud-Danielsen

J Phillips

B Connolly

S Olden.

The National Anthem was followed by puckdrop at 7pm and what followed was a rough period of hockey to write about.

The Steelers would have hoped for one of their signature early goals but that wasn’t to be, as were no goals for the men in Orange for the entire period.

The only goal of the period came in the 2nd minute when Cangelosi found himself 1 on 1 with Muse after the Steelers d-man lost the puck at the blue line. Cangelosi going backhand, forehand and jamming the puck home under Muse’s pad. Goal timed at 2.44, assisted by Griffiths.

Nottingham continued to play their systems well and put a stop to any transition play from the men in orange.

Most play was in the neutral zone for the remainder of the period with the first good chance for the Steelers not coming until late in the period with a shot from Kirk at the hash marks but Bowns held on.

The Kirk shot was preceded by a Cangelosi chance with the Steelers getting a bit of luck after a wraparound attempt saw the puck bobble and no clean shot coming on Muse.

The Steelers trailed 1-0 going into the 2nd period.

A tough night for match reporting continued in the 2nd period. Fox clearly not happy with the effort in the first, changed up his lines with Myers stepping up to be on the line with Olden and Connolly.

Eberle was giving it all and attempted to provide the energy through a few big hits throughout the period, Matheson being on the receiving end of a few for which he reacted and found himself sat in the box. No real chances though and the score remained 1-0.

At the 26th minute, Beaudry sat in the box for a 2+2 as an accidental high stick drew blood on the Panthers man. The Steelers battled but found themselves 2 goals behind in the 29th minute when Dineen found the top corner on Muse from the left wing hash marks. Goal timed at 29.10, assisted by Matheson and Cangelosi.

Nothing much else to add for the next 10 minutes until 10 seconds remained in the period and Hook took a hooking penalty.

The Steelers down by 2 heading into the 3rd period but on the PowerPlay for 1.50 when they returned.

A huge period coming up for the Steelers in the 3rd.

The Steelers needed a big period and they needed it quickly.

The lifeline was provided by Robert Dowd at 41.57 as the Panthers returned to full strength on the carried over powerplay. Dowd was at the backdoor when the puck dropped and he made no mistake is finding the back of the net.

The Steelers kept coming but as with the previous 5 periods of hockey couldn’t find any sustained pressure as the Panther stuck to their game plan well.

The Steelers chances of lifting silverware this series was dampened further at 49.53 when Hook found the puck straight from the face-off in the Steelers zone and shot low on Muse and beat him under his pad. Nottingham took the lead back to 2 goals, up 3-1. Goal assisted by Lachowicz.

Steelers managed to bring it back to a one goal game again through Brendan Connolly at 55.17 through a powerplay goal after Tetlow sat in the box for a 2+2 as he drew blood from Connolly on an accidental high stick. Connolly again at the back post to ja, the puck home. The goal was reviewed but ultimately stood. Goal assisted by Myers.

That was the end of the good news for the Steelers and the Panthers took control from here on in.

Domingue restored the 2 goal lead at 57.56 as he came across the crease and shot across his body to beat Muse and make it 4-2.

With Muse then pulled the 6 Steelers attackers went searching for goals but it wasn’t to be and the Panthers managed to find the Empty Net Goal to make the final score 5-3. The goal being scored by Cangelosi, timed at 59.20, assisted by Dineen and Matheson.

The Panthers taking the game 5-3 and the 3 game series 2-0.

Congratulations has to go the Panthers who were the stronger team over the final series and deserved to take the trophy home.

Thank yous all round have to go to every player, staff member, backroom staff and sponsor who made this #2021EliteSeries possible.

But the biggest thank yous are reserved for you, the fans. Hockey isn’t the same without having the fans in attendance but you also made this series possible. To every one of you who purchased a stream, raffle ticket, face in the crowd or even merchandise for your club. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

We now wish our GB boys the best of luck as they head to Latvia to complete in the Word Championships. This series has got them time under their skates and we are all behind you. Go Team GB!

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