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Manchester Storm vs Sheffield Steelers 01.01.18

What better way to start in 2018 than the annual New Years Day trip to Manchester where the Sheffield Steelers were to take on the Storm. It could’ve potentially gotten messy with the seeming threats from the Storm, however like the first 40 minutes of Saturday’s game, Manchester played proper hockey for the full 60 minutes. The Steelers were without Tim Wallace through suspension, and down Armstrong and Brown through injury. The Storm were also missing Jay Rosehill due to a ban, and Auger through injury and backup netminder Ashley Smith for some unaired reason.

Due to Rosehill’s suspension, it meant that Luke Moffatt was to be named the captain of the game, and what a game he was to have. I personally have never seen a guy zipping around the rink and being in front of the net before as much as Moffatt did. The four-man system was in place after a very long time, and kicking off the New Year was Dean Smith and Matt Rose refereeing with James Ions and Chris Wells on the lines. The two referees were going to be needed if it turned out to be anything like the last matchup.

sheffield steelersThe lines were a little different for the match, Thompson not risking Kirk and Shudra with the way Manchester could act, so he decided to go with Jamtin centering Fretter and Roy, Valdix obviously centering Dowd and Nelson and then Westerling in between J. Phillips and Marquardt. Running with three lines meant Sheffield were even with the Storm.

An early tripping call against Manchester set what we thought was to be the start of a penalty-filled night. Sheffield had plenty of chances, but couldn’t convert. A few more penalties came, but the game was end to end, both teams getting amazing chances which included a wide-open backdoor for the Storm where they didn’t manage to get it home!

Manchester were the first on the board through Ryan Trenz, and that was Mustukovs’ shutout streak over at 12:51 in the game. Tallying all his minutes up where he hadn’t let a goal in, it totaled to 314.19-minute streak, beating the all-time AHL record, which is phenomenal. On a Byers interference call 5 minutes later, Dowd scored his third against the Storm in this series, tying the game at 1. Everyone thought that was how the period was going to end, however with 10 seconds remaining in the period, Mathieu Roy managed to trickle the puck past Clemente, giving Sheffield a leg up heading into the second period.

1:37 into the middle period, Moffatt went solo and smashed it past Moose to score his first goal of 3. A little funny moment came when Matheson placed a beautiful hit, however, he misjudged and floored Nelson. Good hit Mark, but against the wrong team! The next 10 minutes were pretty end to end with a couple of penalties, but Franssila showcased his talent on the power play, sending the puck flying past Clemente to make it 3-2 in favor of the visitors.

A late hit on Byers from Fitzgerald was exactly what the Steelers needed to get the fans going again towards the end of the period, but the way Sheffield didn’t want to into the period break was a tie, Luke Moffatt scoring his second of the night with 1:11 remaining in the middle frame. It was a 0-0 game going into the third period, and whoever scored the most would come out victorious.

21 seconds into the final period, a gorgeous behind-the-net play was made by Andreas Jamtin to send the puck straight to Colton Fretter who was on the point and send it home to give Sheffield an early advantage. Linden Springer was not happy with the goal as he picked up two minutes for abuse of the official.

A short while after the Storm penalty kill, Moffatt completed his hat trick to even the game up once more. It was an unlucky defensive zone bounce off the boards which set Moffatt up to skate the length of the ice and send a few hats flying on to the ice. Manchester took the lead at 44:59 through Gerard Hanson, which the goal did get reviewed however the referees were back on quick and signaled the goal was to stand to put the Storm in front of the game. It just showed that when Manchester play hockey and don’t start placing cheap-shots on their opposition or going for late, behind the play hits, they can play proper hockey and score very good goals.

For a 23-year-old, Springer has picked up the tricks of playing a little dirty, sending Mathieu Roy flying to the ice and then shooting the puck straight at his head. Thank goodness for helmets these days! Despite the hit never being a cross-check, that’s what Springer received.

During the power play, Mathieu Roy scored his second of the game, which he didn’t stop hacking and whacking until the puck hit the back of the net to tie the game with 3:56 remaining. That was how it stayed, both teams getting a chance to score the game-winning goal, however, no one could convert.

The first EIHL overtime of the year got underway, the two teams lines looking like this.
Roy, Fretter, Matheson

Moffatt, Hammond, Stanisz

Both sides were all over each other in overtime, getting multiple chances on goal. It was next goal wins, and that obviously wasn’t to be decided in 3 on 3. Some beautiful plays were made, but neither team could dominate and bring a victory.

Shoot Outs:
Shot 1:
Matt Marquardt

Shot 2:
Colton Fretter

Mike Hammond

Shot 3:
Andreas Valdix

Another two points came home for the Steelers making their festive period 8 points out of 8. Belfast was going to be a challenge for sure, especially with their recent form, however, Sheffield has proven many fans wrong over the last couple of weekends, so can they do it again in Belfast against the Giants?

Match Statistics:
Man of the Matches:
Sheffield Steelers- Colton Fretter
Manchester Storm- Luke Moffatt

Sheffield Steelers-
Colton Fretter 1+2, Robert Dowd 1+1, Mathieu Roy 2+0, Jonas Westerling 0+2, Miika Franssila 1+0, Andreas Jamtin 0+1, Matt Marquardt 0+1, Mark Matheson 0+1, Andreas Valdix 0+1
Manchester Storm-
Luke Moffatt 3+0, Dane Byers 0+2, Gerard Hanson 1+0, Ryan Trenz 1+0, Shane Bakker 0+1, Mike Hammond 0+1, Ciaran Long 0+1, Scott Pitt 0+1, Matt Stanizs 0+1

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Sheffield Steelers vs Manchester Storm 30.12.17

In the final Sheffield Steelers match report and article of 2017, I would just like to start off with a thank you to all my followers and readers over the last three months since the account started up back in October. In the three months, this account has been running, I have released 41 different articles, overall receiving 3,076 views. I would just like to say a huge thank you to every single person who has taken the time to read one of my pieces of work as I have received much more support than expected. I am very excited for what 2018 has to offer, with more interviews, match reports, and other articles, and I am looking forward to having you all on board my journey as I continue to match report and update new pieces of work as we head into the New Year. I would like to wish all my followers a Happy New Year, and I hope you enjoy the closing report of 2017.

Ervins Mustukovs was currently on a 241 minute and 28-second shutout, which broke the EIHL record with a three-game streak, so was that to be continued tonight, or would the Storm break the tie once more? With Steve Brown in charge of another Sheffield game and Danny Beresford and Paul Staniforth on the lines, it could be an interesting one, especially as the New Years Storm Classic can sometimes get a little out of control.

sheffield steelersThe Steelers were without Kieran Brown and John Armstrong through injury, in which during the first period it was announced by Bob Westerdale that the Steelers would more than likely be without him for the rest of the season as he injured his hand during the fight which took place in Nottingham on Wednesday. Zack Fitzgerald was out for just one game, serving his third man in suspension, however, is to thankfully return New Year’s Day. The Storm were just down two men in Chris Auger who was still injured, and one of their backup netminders Ashley Smith. It was to be an interesting night for both teams, as well as more record-breaking taking place.

Sheffield got off to a rocketing start as none other than the Golden Child, Robert Dowd, fired the puck past Clemente to set the Steelers 1-0 up, 1:28 into the game. The play fairly end to end, both teams getting shots on target. The line of Valdix, Dowd, and Nelson were working hard as well and had to be the best line of the night by a country mile, the only line scoring all night. If it wasn’t for Ervins Mustukovs, the Storm probably would’ve had a couple in that period with the way they were working, but excellent shot blocks were made to close out the Storm.

If you thought Dowd’s goal came early, check out Andreas Valdix scoring 0:59 into the second to give the Steelers double the advantage. It was a beautifully taken shot, and to double Sheffield’s advantage was another plus. Due to Armstrong being injured, it did mean Shudra was getting more time up front, so he could showcase what he was capable of.

Just past the halfway mark of the game, Manchester started to goon it up like the last time they played in Sheffield. It is a shame how they do that most of the time as when they play hockey, it is a very talented Manchester Storm side. Penalties came raining in for Manchester, as continued in the final period.

The Steelers dominated the most part of the first ten minutes of the final period as they refused to go along with the games Manchester were playing, as they couldn’t afford to be any more men down than they were now. With two minutes remaining in the game, Dowd sniped his second past Clemente to finish off the night and a 3-0 victory. Just over a minute later, Fretter smashed a fourth home, however, it was wiped out due to Sheffield having too many men on the ice.

Mark Matheson was sent face first into the boards with 5 seconds to go, a dirty, cheap play from Linden Springer of the Storm. However, Tim Wallace stepped in to take care of the mess, fighting Springer past the buzzer and getting the takedown. It was probably best that Fitzgerald wasn’t out there, otherwise, we may have had a repeat of the events which occurred in Nottingham. Matheson came out of the game with a broken nose, however, it is likely that it won’t stop him playing. Thompson has also admitted he will be sending the video to DOPS to get a review on the unnecessary occurrence.

The game finished with another shutout for the Moose, making it back to back to back to back now and lengthening the EIHL record to 301.28 minutes, almost catching up to the all-time AHL record of 304.11 minutes, which is an unbelievable achievement! So, the last game of 2017 was a great one for the Steelers rounding off a phenomenal year of ups and downs within the club, however moving on to 2018 on a positive note will keep great spirit in the team and keep them going for New Year’s Day in Altrincham which is going to be a completely different story!

Match Statistics:

Man of the Matches-
Manchester Storm- No one! This is due to the fact that there were a couple of altercations after the buzzer and Manchester were too unsportsmanlike to accept the award, so they just made their way off the ice.

Sheffield Steelers- Ervins Mustukovs

Sheffield Steelers-
Robert Dowd 2+1, Levi Nelson 0+2, Andreas Valdix 1+0, Scott Aarssen 0+1, Mark Matheson 0+1, Tim Wallace 0+1

Manchester Storm-
No one