Sunday night hockey saw your Sheffield Window Centre Sheffield Steelers take on the Manchester Storm for the second time in the #2021EliteSeries. Tonight the Steelers donned their White jerseys as the ‘away’ team.
Both teams coming off differing wins in their previous games, the Steelers beating the Panthers comfortably 8-4 last night and the Storm coming through in overtime to take the win against the Blaze on Friday night.
The Steelers stood top of the league by goal difference with both teams taking 6 points from their previous 4 games. Whoever won tonight would be clear at the top.
Muse remains injured so Churchfield continues to get the start, backed up by Curtis Wurburton. No changes to the rest of the squad and the starting line-up announced as:
An action packed first period saw Robert Dowd put the Steelers in-front at only 35 seconds, courtesy of a lovely backhand, unassisted.
The Steelers couldn’t keep the lead for long as Simmonds found a way past Churchfield to make it 1-1 at 3.48, assisted by Batch and Long.
The Steelers went to the PowerPlay and Beaudry managed to find a gap with a rocket from the blue line which beat Bonar. 2-1 Steelers, assisted by Mikyska and Eberle.
The play slowed up for the next 10 minutes before a replica of the Steelers 2nd on the powerplay again from Beaudry which beat Bonar at 16.56, assisted by Dowd and Eberle.
The Steelers would have liked to have enjoyed a two goal cushion, but it was not to be and at 18.11 Lundell Noer found an open net to slide the puck into, assisted by Solder and Lake.
Slightly earlier in the period, play erupted as Eberle was taken hard into the corner boards by Maxime Fortier after earlier catching Connolly in the face with a Cross Check. Up stepped Sam Jones who wasn’t having any of it, and made Fortier aware of his presence.
3-2 to the Steelers heading into the second and this one could get feisty!
A tense encounter ensued in the second with neither team wanting to give anything away.
The puck going back and forth with lots of time spent in the neutral zone.
At 26.42, Dallas Ehrhardt brought the scores level at 3-3, assisted by Lake and Gran.
Nothing much to report for the next 10 minutes as the game ebbed and flowed both ways.
However, at 32.50, a beautiful move by Josef Mikyska down the right wing managed to find Robert Dowd just outside the Storm blue paint and he was able to tuck it away for his 2nd of the night. Mikyska with his 2nd assist.
The game began to hot up with both teams taking penalties, but late in the period, Davey Phillips was ejected from the game along with a 5 minute major penalty due to a check from behind into the boards.
Lots of pushing and shoving, lots of words being said, and 20 minutes still to play. Big 3rd to come!
Steelers lead 4-3.
Puckdrop for the 3rd period with the Steelers continuing on the penalty kill 5 on 3.
Unfortunately, the Steelers saw off the 5 on 3 but shortly after gaining a skater back, the Storm brought the score back to 4-4 at 41.03. Scored by Peakcock and assisted by Lake and Fortier.
The 4-4 score was short-lived with a short handed goal by The British Bulldog, Jason Hewitt, assisted by Schulze and Connolly at 43.47.
A tense period of play saw lots of traffic in the neutral zone until the Steelers took a 2 goal lead at 51.06 courtesy of Adrian Saxrud Danielsen, assisted by Josef Hrabal and Josh Waller.
That was all she wrote, and the Steelers took another win to go clear at the top of the table by 2 points.
Our next game is on Tuesday against the Coventry Blaze.