Manchester Storm 5-2 Sheffield Steelers (final score)

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Sheffield Steelers took no risks in a friendly at Altrincham this evening.

Coach Paul Thompson's team-list for the challenge game - 24 hours before a more meaningful Challenge Cup tie at Sheffield Arena - left out Anders Franzon, Mathieu Roy, Levi Nelson, Rod Sarich and Mike Ratchuk as a "precautionary" move.

Rob Dowd, who scored Steelers' two goals against HV71 last weekend, was promoted into Roy's place on the first line.

Despite the changes, Steelers took the lead after two minutes, Ben O'Connor scoring, from Markus Nilsson's assist.

Ninety seconds later Matt Bissonnette, a 24 year old centre who played his last two years in France, equalised.

Steelers conceded the period with two goals in quick succession in 42 seconds, from Matt Bissonnette and Darian Dziurzynski for 3-1.

Saturday night  hosts

Saturday night hosts

The second period saw Eric Neilson and Zack Fitzgerald trade goals within 13 seconds of each other for 4-2.

But Storm were enjoying their moment in the sun and Adam Harding added a fifth at 22;10.

Second-string goalie Brad Day shut the door on a couple of other decent Manchester chances.

And now the visitors can luck forward to more important matters, at Sheffield Arena, tomorrow...with some of their absent players back.

RESULT

Saturday 3rd September

Challenge Cup Group A

Fife Flyers 5 Belfast Giants 2

Challenge Matches

Cardiff Devils 7 Coventry Blaze 6 OT

Dundee Stars 4 Edinburgh Capitals 2

Manchester Storm 5 Sheffield Steelers 2

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FIXTURES

Sunday 4th September

Challenge Cup Group A

Braehead Clan v Fife Flyers – 6.00pm

Challenge Cup Group B

Coventry Blaze v Nottingham Panthers – 5.15pm

Sheffield Steelers v Manchester Storm – 5.00pm

Challenge Match

Edinburgh Capitals v Dundee Stars – 6.00pm