Sunday night saw Sheffield Steelers lose their second game in as many nights, falling 4-3 to Ryan Finnerty’s Manchester Storm side.
After a hard-fought loss in Cardiff on Saturday night, Aaron Fox and his Steelers side travelled to Manchester looking to get things back on track.
The game began with Sheffield on the offensive from the opening draw. Brendan Connolly won the face-off and Anthony DeLuca forced Matt Ginn into an early save.
Marc-Olivier Vallerand was back in the lineup and slotted back on a line with DeLuca and Connolly, the trio that began to find good chemistry during the Guildford home fixture.
There wasn’t much action to report early doors with neither goalie being tested with any high-quality chances.
Steelers would take the lead at 17:20 and on the balance of play probably deserved to be the side in front at the break.
Aaron Brocklehurst fired a shot from the blue line which looked to take a deflection from Anthony DeLuca at the top of the crease. A power-play goal.
Period two was riddled with penalties, four against Sheffield and two against Manchester.
Manchester tied the game at 25:13 a fortuitous goal for the home side as a shot hit a Steelers man before deflecting off Duba’s mask and landing in the blue paint for the lone man to swat home.
A double-minor penalty was assessed against John Armstrong as a coming together off a face-off between the two centres, saw the referee adjudge a high stick call.
Instant success on the power-play landed the Storm a 2-1 lead at 30:07 as Adam Hughesman’s shot deflected off Mikko Kuukka’s stick and past Duba.
It was on the same PK that Steelers would tie the game at two, a super play from Brendan Connolly to pick up his own rebound and fire a shot past Ginn in the Storm goal.
A well-deserved goal for the #63 who played an instrumental role in the Steelers first of the night too.
Heading into the third period and neither side could get a firm grip on the tie, that was all be it until Manchester re-took the lead at 45:32 with some more puck luck.
The initial shot was blocked in front by the Steelers d-man and the rebound fell straight to the stick of Ulmer who had an empty net to fire into.
A fourth goal was scored by the hosts at 48:39 when Adam Hughesman fired home for his second of the game.
Steelers would pull one goal back through Anthony DeLuca, a trademark wraparound goal from DeLuca who gave the side any chance of a comeback.
Into the final minute and with Tomas Duba pulled for the extra-attacker, Steelers went close but not close enough with Matt Ginn providing a wall in the Storm goal.
Final score: Storm 4-3 Steelers
Steelers next home game:
Saturday 16th November
Steelers vs Blaze
7 pm face-off
Tickets available here