SUNDAY: Sheffield Steelers’ four point weekend

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Sheffield Steelers beat Belfast Giants in a penalty shot drama tonight.

After tying 4-4 in regular time, Colin Shields and Jeff Legue scored two unanswered shots to give Ryan Finnerty a perfect points weekend haul.

While Sheffield had,at one point, built a 4-1 lead, to looked tired and dishevelled in the final session, but had the character to hang on, until the successful shoot out.

This evening’s victory came after a 3-2 win on Saturday at arch rivals Nottingham Panthers.

Then, Steelers had amassed a 3-0 lead, through Jason Hewitt, Jeff Legue and Ashley Tait, who has now broken the EIHL scoring record.

Panthers got two back but, despite a nerve-jangling end, couldn’t level.

Nearly 7,000 fans in the NIC saw a cracking night’s entertainment.

They also wintessed history as Steelers GB International forward Ashley Tait took over as All-Time leading points scorer in EIHL history from Dan Carlson as he scored 1+1 on the night to help his side to a 3-2 road success.

No fewer than 118 penalty minutes were called by referee Dean Smith and some 8 fighting majors were assessed as both teams were in no mood to back down to anyone all night.

The opening goal came the way of the visitors as Tait assisted on a strike by Jason Hewitt and that turned out to be the only scoring effort in the period although an incident at 14.20 saw fighting calls on Steelers Goertzen and Panthers Beckett, with the latter also being ejected on a game misconduct for 3rd man in.

Steelers appeared to take control of the game in the second period, adding goals by Jeff Legue at 24.54 and Tait with his record breaking strike at 34.34 on the powerplay before Shields of Steelers and Clarke of Panthers were binned on fighting calls in the 38th minute.

Panthers began their comeback when Matthew Myers fired home on the powerplay at 44.26 but they could not make enough headway against a resolute Steelers defence. Shield and Clarke went for their second fighting calls of the game along with Limpright of Steelers and Tuma of Panthers at 56.31 before Eric Werner scored shorthanded for Panthers at 58.06 to set up a grandstand finish that in the end saw the home side just fall short.

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

Penalty Mins: Not 33+11+26=70, She 11+25+12=48

powerplay: Not 1/6, She 1/7

Shots On: Craig Kowalski 9+8+10=27, John DeCaro 10+14=13=37

Referee: Dean Smith

Full weekend analysis in Monday’s Star.