SHEFFIELD STEELERS: Michel sparkles in Steelers cup win

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TONY Blair was in Number 10. George W Bush was in the Whitehouse. The Iraq war was about to start. Yes: a lot has happened since January 2003.

That was the last time Sheffield Steelers won the Challenge Cup, an overtime win over Nottingham Panthers.

Steelers coach Ryan Finnerty, who was playing in Texas then, wanted to reverse that negative trend at Hull Stingrays last night...and succeeded.

Hull’s Jereme Tender caught Steelers’ goalie Geoff Woolhouse out, unassisted, after just 21 seconds.

That was an early blow, but Steve Geortzen got Sheffield back in the game. Yet Cale Tanaka got the better of Finnerty’s defence to make it 2-1 to Hull.

A second equaliser came from Colin Shields 2-2 – and it was now time Steelers took control.

Workaholic wingers Jonathan Phiilips and Tylor Michel made it 4-2 before Steelers playmaker Jeff Legue embarrassed the home side with a fifth.

Hull have a partisan home crowd and they dragged themselves, partially, back into the game when Dominic Osman got Stingrays’ third.

The next goal was going to be crucial; and thankfully it went to Michel, who knocked in his second of the night for a 6-3 victory. Steelers host Nottingham Panthers on Saturday - and tigerish two-goal Michel is waiting for them.

Period Scores: 2-1, 0-4, 1-1

Penalty Mins: Hul 2+6+0=8, She 6+4+0=10

Powerplay: Hul 1/5, She 1/4

Shots On: Ben Bowns 11+11+11=33, Geoff Woolhouse 6+7+10=23

Referees: Andy Carson & Paul Staniforth