Come back kids | Sheffield Steelers shut out the Stars

From the warm ups alone it was obvious that the Steelers were in better spirits after a couple of days off. Their back to back losses were taken hard by the team who after the 8-0 loss were visibly shaken. 

Guillaume Desbiens seemed to be in high spirits, joking around with team mates as they warmed up for the evening. A great first period of hockey meant the Steel City side were 3-0 up going into the second. With goals from Levi Nelson, Jeff Legue and Jace Coyle

The second period only added to the Steelers comeback. Three more goals were added to their tally by Mathieu Roy and Tyler Mosienko including an NHL worthy goal by Desbiens. Assisted in his efforts by Mosienko and Nelson

The third period showed that the Steelers were back to their usual form, with Marek Pinc making some incredible saves to stop the Stars even getting on the board. The Steelers showed good form on the penalty kill, even with their best efforts the Stars just couldn’t seem to put the puck in the back of the net. 

MOTM

  •  Pinc for Sheffield 
  • Holland for Dundee. 

Here’s a little snippet of Pinc getting the crowd going. 

  
(Video: Sarah Cutts) 

After the game Head Coach Paul Thompson heeped praise on his team for their skills tonight. 

We knew we had a bad night here on Tuesday, I think you can just tell that this was our 6th game in 11 nights tonight. No game in two days really recuperates the fellas. Tonight we executed really well, defensively really well, penalty killing really well and we got a power play goal on our chance. Very pleased for everyone.

This puts them in good stead for tomorrow nights game in Coventry, especially as The Blaze also got a 2-1 win over Cardiff tonight. 

  
With the league table looking like this as it stands, the title race is hotting up! 

(Feature Photo: Dean Wooley via EIHL Website)

Game Preview: Sheffield Steelers @ Coventry Blaze

As I type, Sheffield are facing off against the Dundee Stars at Ice Sheffield. A game which could prove enough to push the Nottingham Panthers out and make the Elite League title a two-horse race. 

Starting in net is Marek Pinc for Sheffield and it’s a pretty safe bet that it’ll be the same tomorrow in Coventry too, with Brad Day as back-up. With Brian Stewart in for the Coventry Blaze. 

It’s pretty well documented that the Steelers have not done well this season against the Blaze, a team who seem to have their number. Stewart seems to just know what the Steelers have up their sleeves and have denied them a win on every trip to the Skydome this season. In their six meets this season Coventry have claimed the points in all but one. 

Speaking to Guillaume Desbiens after their last meeting at the Skydome, he explains why he feels this happens.

He’s a very good goalie. I think he is… He’s played unbelievably against us. I think in our heads we’re seeing him as better than he really is.
I think our confidence against him was a little low but today we were able to exploit him a little bit and you know, score four goals against him. It’s pretty good… So I think, we kinda know what to do to make him move and be able to score those goals, so if we can just do that next time.

Currently the score is 3-0 Sheffield at Ice Sheffield this evening and a win for them will put the Panthers out of the title race. A loss for Cardiff, in their last game before before moving to their new arena, would bring the top two teams in alignment on points making the race for the Elite League title anyone’s. The last month of the season is shaping up to be a nail biter. 

This, my friends, is what the edge of your seat was made for! 

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