Sheffield Steelers 5-2 Manchester Storm

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Sheffield Steelers and Manchester Storm were battling out a highly-competitive match this evening.

Steelers had eked a 5-4 win at Storm's Altrincham rink in overtime the night before, going into second place in the Elite League, behind division form side Cardiff Devils.

Manchester Storm

Manchester Storm

And tonight, there were plenty of thrills and spills in an entertaining first period.

Manchester's speedy forwards and offensive defencemen were troublesome for the home side.

And the visitors took the lead when Matthew Paton scored at Marek Pinc's near-post.

But it was 1-1 when Ben O'Connor's exceptional all-round ability and shooting prowess undid Storm - his slapshot being tipped in by Levi Nelson.

A brilliant piece of skill at the other end almost saw Paul Phillips finish off a virtual rink-length skate.

Both sides shut the backdoor in the second session until Storm goaltender Zane Kalemba lost his footing - or was knocked over - and couldn't get up in time to stop Russ Moyer make it 2-1 to Sheffield.

Defenceman Jace Coyle delivered two goals to put Sheffield well and truly in the driving seat.

And while Grant Toulmin got a PP goal back, for battling Manchester, Tyler Mosienko scored unassisted and short-handed in the closing moments,.

Coach Paul Thompson said that while he had been disturbed by a defensive collapse at Altrincham on Friday, he was pleased that his team had dominated much of the game.

*Steelers are at Edinburgh Capitals on Sunday night.

RESULTS

Saturday 2nd January

Elite League

Belfast Giants 6 Coventry Blaze 3

Cardiff Devils 2 Dundee Stars 3 (PS)

Fife Flyers 5 Braehead Clan 2

Nottingham Panthers 8 Edinburgh Capitals 2

Sheffield Steelers 5 Manchester Storm 2

FIXTURES

Sunday 3rd January

Elite League

Braehead Clan v Cardiff Devils – 6.00pm

Coventry Blaze v Belfast Giants – 5.15pm

Dundee Stars v Fife Flyers – 6.30pm

Edinburgh Capitals v Sheffield Steelers – 5.30pm

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