MATCH REPORT: Pink the Rink Victory as Storm Beat Steelers

Tickets for Storm’s upcoming home game against the Dundee Stars can be ordered online HERE, or by calling the Box Office on 0161 926 8782, or in person at the box office. Face-off is Saturday 2nd March, 19:00 face-off. This game is also the Jon Hammond retirement night, so come and show your support, as we give the legendary match night entertainer a night to remember.

Last night, your Go Goodwins Manchester Storm hosted their annual Pink the Rink game to help kick-start Paint Altrincham Pink Week. It was all for a brilliant cause, with money being donated to Prevent Breast Cancer Charity UK.

It was just over a minute into the first period that Storm found the first goal of the evening, scored by Moffatt, assisted by Byers and Ruopp at 1:20.

At 4:05, Steelers equalised on a shot from Neiley and the assist from Eberle. Just one minute later they struck again at 05:03, scored by McGrath on the rebound, Martinelli and J.Phillips claiming assists.

Spectators were treated to some end to end hockey, as Storm pushed forward trying to even the scoreline. In what was perfect play and positioning for the team,  It was Long who sealed the deal, sending the puck top-shelf past Whistle, assisted by Poulin and MacMillan at 13:08.

Despite Armstrong taking a penalty for Steelers at 15:16, and Balmer of Storm for kneeing at 18:24, no sides drew a powerplay goal. The end of the first twenty minutes, saw both teams tied up at 2-2.

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Storm began the second period killing off the final moments of Steelers powerplay. Moffatt claimed his second goal of the evening at 21:52 with a shot from the high slot, putting the Storm one goal ahead of the opposition –  assisted by Linsmayer and Ruopp.

Moffatt was handed a 2+10 penalty for boarding at 27:46. This powerplay for the Steelers didn’t last long, when DeLuca was then sent to the box for tripping at 28:51. Both netminders pulled off brilliant saves, Whistle shooting down a brilliant wraparound effort from Hammond, and Ginn with a massive glove save.

The remainder of the second period saw eight more penalty minutes and a disallowed Steelers goal.

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Following the goal review in the final minute of the second period, the third started with a five on three opportunity for the Steelers – Bakker and Ruopp in the box. Inevitably, Steelers closed the scoreline, equalising at 40:27, scored by Zanoski and assisted by Armstrong and Dowd.

Goal number four for Steelers appeared at 44:43, scored by J.Phillips above the glove of Ginn, assisted by D. Phillips and McGrath. They took another chance, when DeLuca went on the breakaway, to be shut out by Ginn. With the scoreline now sitting 4-3 in Steelers favour, it was up to Storm to push forward once more to equalise.

Storm found that moment when Long sent a one-timer past Whistle at 53:14, assisted by Hammond and Ehrhardt on the powerplay – J.Phillips sitting a penalty for high-sticking. It was Hammond who got the game winning goal at 57:37, going one goal above the opponents with the assists from Long and Byers on the powerplay – D.Phillips sitting in the box  2+10 for boarding.

In the final minutes of play Steeler’s netminder, Whistle was pulled in hopes of the team equalising. With only 42 seconds of play with one extra player, Steelers were unable to equalise. In what was a well-fought EIHL game, Storm came out on top taking the win and two points in regular time.

Man of the Match for Sheffield Steelers went to Evan McGrath
Man of the Match for Manchester Storm went to #89 Ciaran Long
Shots on Goal -Matt Ginn – 24
Shots on Goal: Jackson Whistle – 25
Penalty Minutes: Manchester Storm – 24
Penalty Minutes: Sheffield Steelers – 28
Referees: Chris Wells & Blake Copeland

You can next see the Storm in action on Saturday 2nd March against visitors, the Dundee Stars, 19:00 face-off.

There’s still a few players jerseys available to own and loan this season. More information can be found here. Keep your eye on the Official Supporters Club social media for information on kit club and upcoming events.