Saturday ice hockey FT: Sheffield Steelers 4-0 Braehead Clan

Goal 1 Colton Fretter - Sheffield Steelers v Braehead Clan 15/08/15
Goal 1 Colton Fretter - Sheffield Steelers v Braehead Clan 15/08/15
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Paul Thompson’s first game in charge of Sheffield Steelers ended in a 4-0 win over Braehead Clan at iceSheffield this evening.

The new team boss last played a significant part in Steelers’ affairs as a player in 1993; when John Major was Prime Minister and a new Teletext service was first appearing on our TV screens.

Tyler Plante, Sheffield Steelers

Tyler Plante, Sheffield Steelers

A lot of happened since then, ofcourse, with Thompson gaining a far greater reputation as a coach - both abroad and domestically - than he did patrolling the blue line.

His opening match tonight was a challenge game against a Clan side bossed by former Sheffield coach Ryan Finnerty.

While the game and its result itself was of no massive value what was important, for both coaches, was the opportunity to get players conditioned to playing hockey again after the Summer break and experiment on systems and line partnerships.

Tyler Plante was the outstanding player, the goaltender earning a 28-shot shutout in a 4-0 win.

Paul Thompson - Sheffield Steelers' ' new' old boy

Paul Thompson - Sheffield Steelers' ' new' old boy

Colton Fretter, Levi Nelson, two, and Luke Ferrara scored the goals.

Both sides will resume in the second game for the RV Holiday Inn Cup today, Sunday, at iceSheffield, face off at 6pm.

Thompson said: “I am delighted with the first night. We have ridden these players hard over the last week and they still found the energy to play a strong 60 minutes.

“We said all week that the result wasn’t the main thing tonight. It was how we played and how we came through. Saying that it was great to win at home, the boys got a great response from the fans.

“Tyler Plante had a big night. He made some important saves. He moves very well for a big man and he is very quick post to post.

“Overall I’m very pleased. I will go home and watch the video and come back ready to do it all again tomorrow.”

FIXTURES

Thursday 20th August

Champions Hockey League

Vaxjo Lakers (Sweden) v Braehead Clan – 6.00pm

Frolunda Gothenburg (Sweden) v Sheffield Steelers – 6.00pm

Saturday 22nd August

Cardiff Devils v Brest (France) – 7.00pm

Champions Hockey League

ERC Ingolstadt (Germany) v Braehead Clan – 6.30pm

JYP Jyvaskyla (Finland) v Sheffield Steelers – 3.00pm

Sunday 23rd August

Cardiff Devils v Brest (France) – 6.00pm

Wednesday 26th August

Coventry Blaze v Nottingham Panthers – 7.30pm

Edinburgh Capitals v Dundee Stars – 7.45pm

Saturday 29th August

Cardiff Devils v Coventry Blaze – 7.00pm

Dundee Stars v Edinburgh Capitals – 7.00pm

Fife Flyers v Belfast Giants – 7.15pm

Manchester Storm v Nottingham Panthers – 6.30pm

Champions Hockey League

Braehead CLan v Vaxjo Lakers (Sweden) – 7.00pm

Sunday 30th August

Coventry Blaze v Cardiff Devils – 5.15pm

Dundee Stars v Belfast Giants – 4.00pm

Edinburgh Capitals v Fife Flyers – 5.30pm

Peterborough Phantoms (EPL) v Manchester Storm – 5.30pm

Nottingham Panthers v Braehead Clan – 6.00pm

Champions Hockey League

Sheffield Steelers v Frolunda Gothenburg (Sweden) – 5.00pm

Wednesday 2nd September

Coventry Blaze v Telford Tigers (EPL) – 7.30pm

Manchester Storm v Sheffield Steelers – 7.30pm