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Nottingham Panthers 4-6 Steelers

Nottingham Panthers 4-6 Steelers

A 4 point weekend for the Steelers following a stunning 6-4 road win in Nottingham.

Robert Dowd led the way scoring the first and final goal of the night.

Chris Lawrence was back in the line up after being left out of Friday’s game against Coventry with Jeff Legue the healthy scratch against the Panthers.

Steelers were off to the perfect start as the line of Lawrence, Dowd and Nelson caused havoc. 86 seconds in Sheffield were ahead with Dowdy finding the back of the net.

Mathieu Roy thought he had scored a second but referee Matt Thompson ruled the goal off as he said the puck had been kicked in.

Steelers had already killed a Mathieu Roy penalty when Levi Nelson headed to the box on a charging minor – Panthers would equalise when Evan Mosey scored with the Panthers power-play goal.

Mosey 1-1

The Steelers needed a big start to the middle period and got that when Luke Ferrara found Mosienko and his centring pass found Culled Eddy on the one timer to put the Steelers 2-1 ahead at 21.40

Sarich and Dowd assisted on Levi Nelsons goal at 26.48 to give the Steelers breathing space and a 3-1 advantage.

Steelers pressed even more and forced two quick Nottingham penalties against Mathew Myers and Evan Mosey – a 5 on 3 Steelers power-play followed and Fredrik Vestberg roofed one past Wikman in the Panthers goal for 4-1 at 31.44

That 3-0 middles session had the Steelers 4-1 ahead after two periods.

3.09 in to the final period and Kolnik had one back for the Panthers (2-4)

At 52.15 the Steelers broke two on one, new signing Guillaume Desbiens snapped one past Wikman that had the fans out of their seat and more importantly Sheffield 5-2 up.

Desbiens Goal 1500

Steelers then hit penalty trouble of their own, first Desbiens for hooking was quickly followed by a tripping minor on goalie Marek Pinc. With the Panthers on the 5 on 3 powerplay Nottingham coach Cory neilson took Wikman off for the 6th attacker – it worked as David Clarke scored to narrow the gap down to 5-3

Scrum 1500

The crowd had woke up, the Panthers were pushing and the Steelers faithful were in for a nervous ending after Brad Moran brought the score back to 4-5 with just 2.35 remaining.

The Steelers stood firm. Pinc made some crucial saves and Zack Fitzgerald block two shots in the chest and every player committed.

Nelson would break with the empty net available, his pass found Robert Dowd with the simple task of firing home to conclude the nights scoring.

Steelers victory was compounded with results elsewhere going in the clubs favour with Machester winning in Belfast and the Coventry Blaze beating the Cardiff Devils.

A 4 point weekend for the Steelers – Final score: Nottingham Panthers 4-6 Sheffield Steelers.

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