MATCH REPORT | Storm face Steelers in ten goal thriller!

First Period 

With both teams competing for the top spot of the Elite League table, it was a competitive and flowing first period, both sides with something to prove. 

Dowd scored first for the Steelers with a backhand shot from the circle, unassisted at 00:35.

Storm equalised moments later when Batch shot through traffic from the blue line and Simmonds deflected the puck in at 03:48.

Hazeldine was first in the box for tripping at 06:03. Steelers seized this opportunity to go one up, when Beaudry shot on a pass from Mikyska on the powerplay at 06:43.

A scrap in the corner between the teams gave Fortier and Jones coincidental penalties for roughing at 16:14, Fortier being handed an extra two minutes for boarding. 

Steelers took advantage on the powerplay once more when Beaudry scored his second through traffic at 16:56, assisted by Dowd.

Minutes later, Lundell Noer scored for storm, on the back post of Churchfield at 18:11, Solder claiming his first point of the series with an assist. 

Scott Simmonds Scores for Manchester Storm against Sheffield Steelers
Photo by Mark Ferriss (All Sports Photography)

Second Period 

Storm returned with a level headed approach and all to play for in the second period. 

A skilful play down the wing by Storm captain, Ehrhardt, tied the game at 26:42 through a goal in Churchfield’s net, assisted by Lake. 

Dowd scored his second of the game on a pass from Mikyska, bringing the scoreline up by one more for Steelers at 32:50.

Tensions rose when words were exchanged between Lundell Noer and J.Phillips, when Phillips was handed a penalty for roughing at 38:54.

Moments later D.Phillips was handed a five minute +game penalty at 39:49 for a nasty check on  Simmonds from behind, giving Storm a 5on3 powerplay and a head start in the third period. 

Dallas Ehrhardt scores manchester storm sheffield steelers elite series
Photo by Mark Ferriss (All Sports Photography)

Third Period 

A huge shot through traffic by Peacock saw the game tied 4-4, the assist going to Lake on the powerplay at 41:03.

Hewitt answered for the Steelers two minutes later, scoring shorthanded assisted by Schulze at 43:47. 

Steelers’ sixth goal came at  51:06, scored top shelf past Bonar by Saxrud-Danielsen, assisted by Hrable. 

Despite some strong chances to gain a few goals back, the Storm were unable to capitalise when Bonar was pulled in favour of an extra skater during the final two minutes of play. The final result 4-6 to Steelers.

Storm remain second in the Elite Series table with six points and face the Nottingham Panthers ‘away’ on Wednesday 14th April @ 19:00.