The Sheffield Steelers will drive away from Manchester on Sunday thinking “what could have been”
Steelers twice were two goals ahead (1-3 and 2-4) but it was the Storm who hit back with three unanswered goals of their own to take the game in OT and eventually win it.
Anthony DeLuca hit 2 whilst Evan McGrath and Tanner Eberle scored the Steelers goals.
Jordan Owens was back in the line up for the Steelers, however, Robert Dowd and Tom Zanoski were both missing through injury.
The EIHL Match Report:
Manchester came back from 4-2 down at the Storm Shelter to beat Sheffield in overtime and keep up their excellent home record this season. For the Steelers, it was their first point in three.
Although Chris Auger put the Storm ahead with 8:25 gone, the sides were level at the break after Evan McGrath hit the equaliser at 10:10. An Anthony DeLuca double at 22:37 and 29:25 then put the Steelers two up, before Dallas Ehrhardt cut the deficit back to one at 31:42. The Steelers would, however, lead by a pair after 40 minutes thanks to Tanner Eberle’s goal with 3:38 left in the period.
A Dane Byers goal 31 seconds into the third period was exactly the start the hosts needed as they pulled the score back to 3-4. With just under ten minutes to go in regulation Chance Braid tied the game, and with both teaming taking a pint after 60 minutes Ciaran Long struck 2:54 into overtime to earn Manchester the bonus point.