Heavenly rewards for Sheffield Steelers and Sam Gospel

Colton Fretter - Sheffield Steelers
Colton Fretter - Sheffield Steelers
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This is the Gospel according to Steelers - they performed an absolute miracle on ice last night.

Sheffield drafted in 20-year-old Nottingham born goalie Sam Gospel, into their net for the second leg of the Challenge Cup semi-final at Nottingham Panthers. He was outstanding, saving three penalty shots to knock Panthers out of the competition they’ve won for five successive seasons. Gospel earned himself a chapter in Steelers’ history as they club came back from last week’s 3-1 first leg defeat to win 8-7 on aggregate.

They had smashed in an incredible three goals in 67 first period seconds. Colton Fretter started it with a PP shot at 4;34. Mathieu Roy added another and at 5;41 Sheffield were three to the good with Tyler Mosienko one-timing from a Fretter pass.

There were ironic cheers from the home crowd when Brandon Benedict finally sent a shot on Gospel after seven minutes. Sheffield had a slice of fortune when Nottingham thought they had scored, but it was washed out by referee at 18.19. But Corey Neilson’s side began to turn the screw and Panthers hit the bar before the first break.

Greg Jacina, who tortured Steelers in the first leg, back-handed wide but Notts broke through when Evan Mosey lofted the puck over Gospel’s blocker at the halfway point (1-3, 4-4 agg). Panthers then went on the rampage. With Jonathan Phillips in the box, Chris Lawrence scored. Just 79 seconds elapsed and Robert Farmer cashed in on a Mosienko turnover, making it 3-3 on the night.

A chastening 3-0 session loss for Gerad Adams’ men.

But his team-talk worked and Ben O’Connor scored Steelers’ fourth...with Gospel, a product of the Lace City’s junior system, named on the assists. Mosey got another for Panthers, matched by Rob Dowd at the other end. It was crazy, run and gun hockey.

Fretter then levelled over two legs (7-7) with a goal at 55;16 before Tomas Petruska’s penalty shot settled it.

The final is at Sheffield Arena on March 8.

RESULT

Tuesday 24th February

Challenge Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg

Nottingham Panthers 4 Sheffield Steelers 6 (After overtime)

(Aggregate 7-7) – Sheffield Steelers won a penalty shootout 1-0

FIXTURES

Wednesday 25th February

Challenge Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg

Cardiff Devils (4) v Coventry Blaze (1) – 7.30pm

Friday 27th February

Elite League

Belfast Giants v Hull Stingrays – 7.00pm

Braehead Clan v Nottingham Panthers – 7.30pm

Saturday 28th February

Elite League

Dundee Stars v Nottingham Panthers – 7.00pm

Fife Flyers v Edinburgh Capitals – 7.15pm

Hull Stingrays v Sheffield Steelers – 7.00pm

Sunday 1st March

Elite League

Braehead Clan v Fife Flyers – 6.00pm

Cardiff Devils v Belfast Giants – 6.00pm

Coventry Blaze v Sheffield Steelers – 5.15pm

Edinburgh Capitals v Nottingham Panthers – 6.00pm

Hull Stingrays v Dundee Stars – 6.00pm