SHEFFIELD Steelers and Hull Stingrays will go into their play-off quarter-final second leg at iceSheffield tomorrow night tied at 2-2 after a thrilling encounter at Hull Arena.
After an end-to-end first half of the game, with both netminders in solid form, Stingrays fell behind at 29.25 when Steelers captain Jonathan Phillips capitalised on an error.
Dominic Osman levelled at 38.35 before Phillips was denied on a one-on-one breakaway by Stingrays goaltender Christian Boucher.
Restored to the squad, import Neil Clark put Steelers back in front at 50.53 on the powerplay but Stingrays equalised for a second time with Derek Campbell tipping in.
The second leg will be played at iceSheffield with the winners going through to the Final Four weekend in Nottingham on April 7/8.
Player-coach Sylvain Cloutier said: “There is everything to play for tomorrow. We were hoping to keep it even or be up but we will take that.
“It was a really close game and both teams were strong defensively. It is going to be a battle now.
“It now comes down to three periods and it comes down to whoever wants it. We will have to go there and compete.
“They are expected to go to the Final Four, they are expected to win trophies, but if go there and play our game we will give ourselves a chance.”
Read a full round-up of Steelers’ Play Off weekend in Monday’s Star.