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Steelers Light Up the Arena On Pride Night – Steelers 4:2 Panthers

Steelers Light Up the Arena On Pride Night – Steelers 4:2 Panthers

With the Devils taking the points in Cardiff against the Giants, the Steelers took another step forward in the title race as they came out victorious by four goals to two against the Nottingham Panthers. The victory tonight also saw the 100th win against the Nottingham Panthers during the Elite League era.

Tonight was #Pride night in Sheffield as we celebrated what an inclusive sport Ice Hockey is. As Tony Smith wrote in tonight’s programme, we want to make it clear, there is never any room for discrimination inside or outside of our building, and everyone is welcome regardless of colour, religion or sexual orientation.

Apart from longer term injured players Connolly and Saxrud-Danielsen, Fox had a full roster to call upon as Eberle and Captain Phillips were back in the line up and we welcomed Armstrong back home.

Rok Stojanovic was the man behind the pipes, backed up by Barry Brust.

The starting six for both teams announced as:

The teams were level after both the first and second period as both teams found the back of the net once in each period.

The Steelers were the first on the board at 5.44 as Traversa found Matias Sointu with a great stretch pass and he finished 5-hole on Carr.

The Panthers hit back on the powerplay at 10.33 as Sam Jones sat for a delay of the game and Welsh found Lane at the backpost and he made no mistake with the gaping net.

Into the second period and the Steelers were first on the board again with a powerplay goal of their own at 26.28 as Polak, Hodgman and Mosey went tic-tac-toe and Evan fired home.

The Panthers brought it back level once again with their second powerplay goal of the night at 30.44 as Myers used his big frame to screen Rok and get the tip to beat Stojanovic.

As with previous weeks, the Steelers took control of the game in the third period, shutting out the Panthers and finding the back of the Panthers net on two occasions.

The Steelers third goal was timed at 41.08 on a delayed penalty as Vallerand swept in from the blue line and smashed his wrist shot high over Carr’s glove. Goal assisted by Todd and Armstrong.

The final goal tonight brought Robert Dowd one goal closer to the great Jeff Legue’s record. With the goal coming at 43.34, Dowd took the puck for a skate and somehow found enough power in his backhand to beat Carr high. After a trip to Toronto to check for offside, the goal was finally given.

After the win tonight, the Steelers are now 5 points clear of Belfast with one game in hand and even on points with the Devils with 5 games in hand.

Dowd picked up the Man of the Match tonight and was joined by Vallerand for a bit of Dancing On Ice.

Could Dowd take one step closer to League’s record tomorrow night in Dundee? Join us to find out. We are back at the Utilita Sheffield Arena on Wednesday night against Glasgow. 7.30pm face off – See you there Sheffield!

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