Sheffield Steelers tops Elite Series group with high marks to set up rapid playoff renewal with Manchester Storm Yorkshire News

SHEFFIELD STEELERS finished the Elite Series group stage as clear winners and, on a high note, their 5-3 win over Manchester Storm means the two sides will meet again in the two-game playoff semifinals on Tuesday.

Sheffield Steelers v Manchester Storm action on Sunday.  Image: Dean Woolley.
Sheffield Steelers v Manchester Storm action on Sunday. Image: Dean Woolley.

Aaron Fox’s team had already secured first place despite losing 5-4 in overtime to Nottingham Panthers on Saturday night, a 6-3 win for Coventry Blaze over Manchester earlier in the day, which ensured that the Steelers couldn’t be caught.

On Sunday night, the Steelers went ahead after 33 seconds through Kevin Schulze by beating Sean Bonar. Ryan Finnerty’s team tied at 3.15 thanks to Tyson Fawcett, before a Liam Kirk goal at 9.36 put the Steelers ahead. The period ended tied, however, thanks to fit Ciaran Long leveling at 12.46.

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Goals from captain Jonathan Phillips and defender Sam Jones, both chosen by the Great Britain team for next month’s World Championship alongside Kirk, gave the Steelers a two-goal lead late in the period.

Defender Sam Jones celebrates his goal against the Manchester Storm. Image: Dean Woolley.

Knowing that a regulation win would see them avoid the Steelers in the playoffs, Storm again turned it into a one-goal game through Dallas Ehrhardt at 51.15, but goalkeeper Ben Churchfield held firm for his team, with Phillips grabbing his second. overnight at 58. minute with an empty netter.

On Saturday, Tanner Eberle put the Steelers ahead after just 12 seconds, doubling his tally at 7.11 before Kirk racked up the Panthers’ initial agony at 10.39.

Brett Perlini put Nottingham on the scoreboard in the 15th minute, Austin Cangelosi made it a one-goal game just before halfway before the ‘hosts’ tied through Ollie Betteridge with just 54 seconds left in the second period. remaining.

Eberle’s hat-trick at 43.53 saw the Steelers advance, but the Panthers were up to the task, leveling through Dominic Talbot-Tassi on the power play at 51.41.

Tanner Eberle scored a hat-trick on Saturday, but still ended up on the losing end against Nottingham. Image: Dean Woolley.

Only 17 seconds of 3v3 overtime had elapsed when Christophe Boivin brought home the winning goal with a pass from Cangelosi.

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This notice was published: 2021-04-25 21:06:43