Ice Hockey: Cardiff Devils 6 Sheffield Steelers 3 - Adams’ men still in title hunt as Braehead bottle it at Edinburgh

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Steelers wobbled alarmingly on Sunday night, yet their championship title hopes remain in their own hands after a rollercoaster weekend - mainly thanks to a result 400 miles away from them.

Sheffield performed well at home against Coventry on Saturday and then flopped 6-3 last night at Cardiff.

Colton Fretter in action for Sheffield Steelers against Coventry Blaze on Saturday night

Colton Fretter in action for Sheffield Steelers against Coventry Blaze on Saturday night

But many people’s title favourites Braehead Clan bottled it at Edinburgh, losing 2-1. So if Sheffield win their two remaining game, they will be crowned champions.

It’s their’s to lose. However they need consistency over those two games, something that sometimes eludes them.

Steelers famously lost the Challenge Cup final to the Welsh on March 8, before battering the same team 11-0 three days later. And they took the lead last night on 2;44 when Mike Forney’s pass set up Mathieu Roy for 1-0.

Devils stormed back, with Mark Richardson’s silky skills feeding Jake Morissette, to equalise, 48 seconds later.

Josh Unice - Sheffield Steelers v Coventry Blaze 14/03/15

Josh Unice - Sheffield Steelers v Coventry Blaze 14/03/15

With Devils’ Josh Batch in the sin bin, Steelers were caught out, Joey Martin giving the Welsh the lead at 5;14.

The same Canadian crashed in another at 10;31 after an accurate pass from Carl Hudson, as the game veered very much into the home side’s control.

The second session confirmed the slide: Brent Walton scored 23 seconds after it faced off, on the Power Play...a disastrous start.

It got worse. Matthew Myers drifted inside and fired past a faltering Josh Unice, at 26;47.

Mathieu Roy - Sheffield Steelers v Coventry Blaze 14/03/15

Mathieu Roy - Sheffield Steelers v Coventry Blaze 14/03/15

Adams called a time out to restore some order and Steelers exerted some direct offence with Forney and Colton Fretter firing at Ben Bowns.

Roy started the final 20 minutes with a grafter’s goal, scoring short-handed after 51 seconds. But it was a short-term gain, with Andrew Lord striking a sixth on 46;11. Forney opened his evening’s goal account on 54 minutes.

SHEFFIELD STEELERS 2 COVENTRY BLAZE 0

On Saturday, Steelers comprehensively outplayed Coventry, who they had previously beaten five times but had also lost to heavily.

Cullen Eddy - Sheffield Steelers v Coventry Blaze 14/03/15

Cullen Eddy - Sheffield Steelers v Coventry Blaze 14/03/15

D-man Cullen Eddy scored a cracker from the blue line after his partner Rod Sarich had sent a long puck forward to trigger a Jonathan Phillips-Rob Dowd attack. It was the third consecutive game Eddy had scored on Arena ice.

Tyler Mosienko hit the metalwork before another defenceman Ben O’Connor scored a spectacular second, smashing in a slapshot from the right circle, with Mathieu prepared to take some personal punishment and screen goalie Brian Stewart.

Steelers faced a two minute 5-on-3 penalty kill and exhaustive shifts from Dustin Kohn, Mosienko and Darrell Hay saw them over the line. Unice turned away all 24 shots he faced for his second straight shutout.

Steelers will now spend the week preparing for Friday’s game at Nottingham, before Saturday’s home hosting of Cardiff.

The run-in sees Braehead host Hull on Saturday and then travel to Fife on Sunday. Devils have three games left, they entertain Edinburgh on Wednesday, are at Sheffield on Saturday with their last game at home to Nottingham.

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Below is the shortlist of the Elite League awards.

The categories were voted for by the coaches and GMs of the 10 Elite League clubs.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Michael Forney - Sheffield Steelers

Andrew Hotham - Cardiff Devils

Mathieu Roy - Sheffield Steelers

Last year’s winner: Dan Bakala

COACH OF THE YEAR

Gerad Adams - Sheffield Steelers

Ryan Finnerty - Braehead Clan

Andrew Lord - Cardiff Devils

Last year’s winner: Paul Adey

BRITISH PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Ben Bowns - Cardiff Devils

Robert Farmer - Nottingham Panthers

Ben O’Connor - Sheffield Steelers

Last year’s winner: Stephen Murphy

NETMINDER OF THE YEAR

Ben Bowns - Cardiff Devils

Kyle Jones - Braehead Clan

Brian Stewart - Coventry Blaze

Last year’s winner: Dan Bakala

DEFENCEMAN OF THE YEAR

Andrew Hotham - Cardiff Devils

Ben O’Connor - Sheffield Steelers

Tyson Marsh - Cardiff Devils

Last year’s winner: Calvin Elfring

FORWARD OF THE YEAR

Michael Forney - Sheffield Steelers

Joey Martin - Cardiff Devils

Mathieu Roy - Sheffield Steelers

Last year’s winner: Ryan Ginand

The awards will be handed out during playoff finals weekend, with the Player of the Year being announced at a special celebration breakfast with the three nominees on the morning of the final.