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Steelers 6-5 Nottingham Panthers – Levi the Hero

Steelers 6-5 Nottingham Panthers – Levi the Hero

What a night as the Steelers came back from 3-0 down to defeat the Nottingham Panthers 6-5 with Levi Nelson scoring the game winning goal with just 1 second remaining.

A crowd of 7,000 had a night of mixed emotions as first the Panthers took control and then as the Steelers hit back in a game that ebbed and flowed all evening.

Steelers started the better team and created early chances.

The Panthers then took over and hit Sheffield with three goals in 7 minutes without reply.

Robert Farmer opened the scoring at 3.26 before Yann Sauve double the advantage 6 minutes later.

Before the Steelers could catch their breath the Panthers had struck again Mark Derlago making it 3 by 10.05.

Steelers needed to fight back and Robert Dowd led the charge firing the first past Sam Gospal at 13.48

56 Seconds before the end of the first period the Steelers struck again as Ben O’Connor sniped a 2nd – end of the first period – Panthers led 3-2.

   

Brett Perlini restored the Panthers 2 goal advantage 2.35 into the middle period but the Steelers were in no mood to sit back and Jonus Westerling scored a 3rd just 27 seconds later.

John Armstrong levelled the scores and raised the roof  at 4-4 at 30.27

Back came the Panthers once again, this time a solo effort by Alex Mokshantsev. Nottingham led 5-4

One minute later and we were tied once again, new signing Juha Koivisto scoring on his home debut for 5-5

if there was lots of goals in the first period it seemed like a drought in the final session. Both teams created chances and Nottingham had a powerplay opportunity late on when Valdix was called for holding.

It looked like the game was heading into overtime when Ben O’Connor made a fantastic inch perfect pass to Levi Nelson, with just 1 second on the clock Nelso went top shelf with a backhand to win the game for the Steelers and send the huge crowd home happy.

Final score: Steelers 6-5 Panthers.

Levi Nelson’s goal won him the man of the match award which meant an Eddy – he almost wiped out photographer Dean Woolley who stood tall to get the photo of the night.

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