Ice hockey never ceases to amaze those who spend hours watching it.
Indeed, that is precisely why we watch it.
Few people gave Sheffield Steelers a cat-in-hell’s chance of turning round a 3-1 deficit as they travelled to Nottingham Panthers for the second leg of the Challenge Cup semi final on Wednesday night.
It was a big enough challenge at the best of times.
But the team had to take on the five-times-straight holders without their three top goalies, all out injured.
In desperation Gerad Adams recruited a bloke called Sam Gospel,a 20-year-old novice at the Telford Tigers.
He backstopped them to a nerve jangling three-hour marathon win on aggregate, due in no small part in stopping three penalty shots after overtime.
Coach Adams said: ““I didn’t know his name at midday but now it’s a name I won’t ever forget. It would have been easy for Sam to turn down our request for him to play. He only took that call at 12.30pm on the day of the game. By 5pm he was at the NIC, about an hour before the guys from Telford arrived with his gear. He played so well, he was calm and mature in between the pipes. We played so well and so hard in front of him but there were many times we needed him to make the big save and he never let us down once.
“I guess that shoot out is one we will all remember for a long time. Post game, he took the credit from all of the boys, he was a warrior and a hero for us.”