BOXING DAY: Nottingham Panthers beat Sheffield Steelers on penalty shots

Simon Ferguson - Sheffield Steelers
Simon Ferguson - Sheffield Steelers
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SHEFFIELD Steelers fought back from being 2-0 behind to take Nottingham to penalty shots, this afternoon, but eventually were outgunned.

December has not been kind to Ryan Finnerty’s team - they have lost four and won three of seven games before today’s trip to form team Nottingham Panthers.

While Steelers’ losses had all been tight games decided by one goal, it was imperative that Sheffield go on a winning run.

And to do that scorers must start scoring. Especially as Simon Ferguson (pictured) was not on the team sheet today.

In their 20 goals before tonight’s match, seven have come from recognised defencemen, and one from the now departed Colin Shields.

Steelers started today in fourth spot, 10 points behind top placed Panthers.

And it was the home side that outshot the visitors 11-4 and dominated with the special teams; David Clarke and Jason Beckett scoring Power Play goals as Sheffield conceded too many minors.

Pat Galivan was the playmaker on both goals, which separated the teams at the first interval.

When Steelers need inspiration, they look to Jeff Legue.

And the centreman didn’t let his side down, scoring on the Power Play at 28.56, assisted by Matt Stephenson and Rod Sarich.

It was all together a better period for Sheffield, but they still trailed 2-1.

Steelers maintained their form in the third session.

And with 18 seconds left of regular time, ex Panther Danny Meyers assured Steelers of a point, with an equaliser.

And so to penalty shots - which Panthers won 5-4, so it was 3-2 on the night.

Eric Werner with his third penalty shot goal won the honours for Nottingham.

Attendance: 6,999.