Sheffield Steelers v Manchester Storm (cont)

Sheffield Steelers' pursuit for a more ruthless approach in front of goal wasn't reflected in the first period against Manchester Storm today.

Saturday, 31st December 2016, 2:44 pm
Updated Monday, 9th January 2017, 12:12 pm
Ervins Mustukovs in goal for Sheffield Steelers

Mid-table Storm, who came into the game on the back of four straight wins, hit the post twice and were unlucky not to have taken advantage of a flat-looking home side.

Sheffield winger Colton Fretter was also hit in the upper body by a team-mate’s shot and skated off the ice in obvious discomfort.

Patrik Valcak and Darian Dziuryznski hit both posts as Storm breezed up the ice, backed by a noisy away following.

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Steelers came close a couple of times.

Valcak gave the puck away and Robert Dowd had a decent skate and shot at goal.

And Davey Phillips, booed by the away fans, delivered a decent check on the boards on Cody Cartier.

Neither side could find the net before the first interval.