Steelers continued their excellent Challenge Cup form with a gutsy road win in Nottingham on Saturday night.
Without both Mathieu Roy and Davey Phillips the Steelers showed great character, especially in the first period outscoring the home side 2-0 in the opening session.
First Matt Marquardt opened the scoring at 12.08 assisted Jonathan Phillips and Andreas Valdix.
Then with just 2.42 remaining in the period Robert Down beat Michael Garnett to double the Steelers advantage.
Nottingham hit back early in the middle period when Zach Phillips scored at 23.38
Immediately after the goal it was a battle of the heavyweights as Zack Fitzgerald and Mathieu Gagnon clashed, both received 5 minute fighting majors.
The Panthers had more than their fair chance to equalise, 5/3 and 5/4 power-plays came their way but the Steelers penalty kill was outstanding with new signing Andreas Jamtin and Tim Wallace leading the way.
Rather than sit back the Steelers continued to create chances and with just 1.23 remaining in the period had their own power-play opportunity when Raphael Bussieres was called for Boarding.
Having killed the Panthers one mad advantages in the period here was the chance for the Steelers to hit right back and they did. Robert Dowd sniping one past Garnett with just 35 seconds on the clock.
The Steelers looked comfortable in the final period containing the expected Nottingham pressure.
Then with just 7.03 left in the game the Panthers scored the all important 2nd goal which gave their team, and the building life. Shalla the scorer.
Chances came and went at both ends of the rink.
Moose was outstanding all night turning away 46 of 48 shots and earning himself the man of the match award.
The clock ran down and the Steelers fans stood tall – another 2 points in the Challenge Cup that see’s the Steelers top their group. A win on Sunday against Braehead Clan will guarantee a quarter final place in the competition.
Final Score: Nottingham Panthers 2-3 Steelers.