Match-winning hero Stefan Meyer has laughed off a suggestion that his crucial overtime winner at Nottingham Panthers was “lucky.”
The prolific Sheffield Steelers scorer clipped in a pass from Gord Baldwin to ensure the visitors took home two points and the festive bragging rights.
“I heard some Nottingham media guy said it was luck” said Meyer. “Well if that’s the case I have been lucky for the last 10 years! Gord did a great job getting the puck to my stick (a low left wing cross) and I just got something on it. My back was to the goal so I didn’t see it go in - but if you go in those ‘dirty’ areas, that’s where you get the goals. Not everybody likes going in there but that’s where I’ve scored all my career. If it was just luck, then maybe I should just retire!”
Meyer said he instantly know he’d scored because of the roar from the travelling fans. “I will remember that moment because I know it means so much to the people who support our team.
“A lot of people give their life to the team so to score an overtime winner against Nottingham gives everybody a boost.”
Earlier, Rob Sirianni scored his second goal of the festive period against Panthers to open the scoring at the NIC (10:31), but the lead only lasted a minute and a half. Jonathan Boxhill equalised (11:53.) The game was deadlocked until three minutes from the end of the middle period when Jonathan Phillips made it 2-1 to Steelers. Matt Francis levelled at 48;38, while his team were short-handed. The goal set the scene for a nail-biting last 10 minutes of regulation. With both defences on top (there were eight no-scoring power plays split between the teams) both sides took a point into overtime.
But it was Meyer, who had earlier assisted on Sirianni’s goal, who ensured the visitors went home with the extra point - and the home fans in the 7,028 crowd left the building with some pretty negative things to say about their team.
The Christmas results, at the very least, suggest Steelers are not the mid-table side that their results had made them at some stages of this season.
Yet there remains work to be done if they are the catch Doug Christiansen’s old team, Belfast Giants, who won 6-5 at Braehead Clan.
Meyer is not thinking about the title though - he’s just concentrating on the next fixture.
He said: “The Nottingham game felt like a Play Off, and we kept our foot on the pedal for the whole game. But now we focus on the next match” (Hull, home, Thurs.)