What an occasion! What colour - what a spectacle....but oh what a let down too.
Sheffield Arena was decked out in all its finery for Sunday’s Challenge Cup final. While the event didn’t have quite the presentation of a Nottingham Arena Play Off final, it was indeed a glorious sporting occasion, with the red and green hordes of Wales in the stands competing in volume with the orange-waving home fans.
The only downside for Sheffield supporters was their team. They were just never at the races.
After Tomas Petruska was helped off the ice with a hamstring wound, the first line ceased to become a potent attacking force, Mathieu Roy and Mike Forney reduced to the role of by-standers as the game passed them by. The second line of Colton Fretter, Tyler Mosienko and Rob Dowd toiled hard all night but could not convert that effort into goals.
Steelers once again forgot about shielding the goalie and crashing the net. And they did not throw the body around like you have to against Cardiff.
“We hurt ourselves, we didn’t play good as a team, we didn’t use our speed” admitted Mosienko. “And we didn’t get behind them and usually get a lot of success off simple plays like that.”
Steelers played Cardiff again, last night: see our website for details.