Ice Hockey: Sheffield Steelers 3 Manchester Storm 1

Celebrations for Sheffield Steelers during their victory over Manchester Storm
Celebrations for Sheffield Steelers during their victory over Manchester Storm
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It was 13 years ago that Manchester Storm last stepped foot inside the Sheffield Arena.

A very unlucky number, for them, as it turned out.

The reformed Storm matched form-team Sheffield for effort, skill and nous - which is not a bad sign for a team thrown together in a hurry in the Summer, following the Elite League demise of Hull Stingrays.

But in Sheffield centreman Tyler Mosienko in particular - he scored three goals this weekend - they came up against a man on a mission and a team that has now moved to its fifth win on the bounce.

Manchester are quick and assertive on the forecheck and in centreman Matt Caria they have a player who loves setting his linemates up near goal and in Czech forward Patrik Valcak a menacing hostile force.

Their busy, uncompromising style cancelled out Steelers’ offence; neither side fashioned a shot on goal in the first five minutes.

Ben O'Connor gets into a scrap

Ben O'Connor gets into a scrap

Steelers seemed to lack their customary jump and at 12;23 it looked like they’d gone behind, although officials say the puck did not cross the line.

Instead, it was Sheffield who stole a march. Slovakian d-man Igor Bobcek was caught with the puck by Mathieu Roy just inside the Storm zone. The puck eventually found Mosienko, who netted for the third time over the weekend.

Steelers, watched by Sheffield United boss Nigel Adkins from the stands, played most of the middle session in Storm’s half, but again, were largely nullified by the visitors’ high work rate.

The Arena Challenge Cup tie was all a bit tense, with both sides whipping the puck off the other just when danger was looming.

Gradually, Paul Thompson’s men began to mount some coherent attacks. Fredrick Vestberg was denied at the back door by goalie Zane Kalemba in the 36th minute, but 60 seconds later d-man Jace Coyle scored his first of the season with a low drive from the right flank.

Storm looked they had blown their chances when Gal Koren, Grant Toulmin and Luke Salazar wasted opportunites.

But they got back into it after Levi Nelson was penalised for high sticking and Caria wrist shot home at 51;21.

The game was only put out of doubt with 37 seconds left when Mike Duco scored an empty-netter.

Dundee Stars 5 Steelers 6

Mosienko’s overtime goal - his second of the night -provided Steelers a 6-5 Elite League win and maximum points over Dundee Stars on Saturday night.

Sheffield led 2-1 after the first 21 minutes and 4-3 after the second period. But Brett Switzer equalised before Ben O’Connor restored Sheffield’s lead.

Justin Faryna forced overtime, but Mosienko’s second goal of the night settled matters.

Sheffield’s other scorers were Colton Fretter, Rod Sarich, Jonathan Phillips.

*Steelers host back to back games against Belfast Giants next weekend.