Manchester Storm 3 v Sheffield Steelers 4
Sheffield, 21st October 2018
Well, we won. Finally. We lost a 3 goal cushion but won in OT and Dundee are a strong team this season, albeit with a seemingly poor OT record. But we won and it’s been a bit up and down so far, but with some real green shoots of that ‘click’ we all want.
But that up and down hasn’t been experienced by the Steelers. In previous seasons it would be just ups. This season they’re waiting for that. They’ve lost their coach and understandably will take time to bed in new staff, but fans used to success may not want to wait. Last night they were hammered 7-1 by a flying Devils so tonight, at their place, should be a fun ride. We won in OT last time, didn’t we? It’s well set up.
We quickly had to call Ginn into action, and then they bundled one in. Within 17 seconds. We need to react. Quickly. We scrambled a bit, we tried to settle, but their pressure looked dangerous.
We’ve started to score on PPs…come on…oh, for God’s sake, turnover, shorthanded goal. They battled. We capitulated. They were first to everything. Guess what the outcome of that it?
They wandered though, Ginn saved us. We had a shot! Yay. And Bakker got some hustle in, leading to a roughing pen. Can’t do anything these days, particularly as 5 Steelers piled on in him and got nothing.
So…PK. Ginn was quite busy…We survived.
We had another shot! Yay.
Our shape became a bit better. And our pressure created a PP. Now, try not to let the team with 4 score against the team with 5…We looked dangerous, swarming even, Steelers sitting it out.
And they hit our crossbar, but it was more end to end. We had a shot. Yay.
Ryan needed to earn his corn. We just weren’t in most of that period. Little hustle, little connection, little heart.
Roll on Period 2…
Well, we were more competitive at the start of the 2nd. But had few options up front. And then we did. We got the crossbar. Now let’s build. And we pinged it off the frame again! Auger and Linsmayer went close too. And as for a miscontrolled puck, Byers would have been in.
And then the forward traction was stopped by a pen on Hammond. Ginn stood firm and it evened up with a slash on him; now let’s get that momentum back. But we couldn’t. A long shot hit Ginn in the face and Pitt was quicker, wanted it more. How do you not want it more against Sheffield? Maybe Ryan can explain the history to them…
We had a 5-3 for a bit. Not excited. Passes awry in front of goal, little communication.
Blimey, a PP goal! Bundled in by Auger.
And so we shipped another but reviewed as a Steeler was all over Ginn. And they called it out! Steeler fans didn’t seem too upset..maybe they felt they could score at will.
Which they almost did from the restart. We had another missed pass go Ruopp, shot long and handbags occurred. A slapshot hit our Richardson, we didn’t turn D to O quickly enough, we saw more of the puck, Whistle had to save, then Ginn bundled one out.
And two chances for Hammond, after a great Ginn pass, not taken.
A better period, but not great yet. More hustle but not enough offensive understanding. 2 dings though and well set up for the 3rd…
OK then. A delay. Water. Thought Sheffield were a premier organisation. They had to get a squeegie out. A squueedgie…a stripe doing it…ridiculous.
Quite even to start, Stadel foiled by Whistle after a simple move. An open period, one we needed to control. Big boarding on McMillan, but he got up, looked close to a pen to me…
Whistle reached an arm out and kept the puck out, Steelers desperate for a call on a challenge which wasn’t half as bad as the one on McMillan.
And we allowed them to nip in and score again. No defenders near their player, just leave him alone lads, see what he’ll do.
OK, Bakker pounced on one after a Whistle save. A bit better..
They tried an empty net on a delayed pen. And it’s a PK, a blatant McMillan trip on a Steeler allowed to skate so close to the net. 2 Ginn saved. Handbags with Bakker. Extra handbags. Hmmm…2 off, still a PP, 1 min to go. We killed it.
And then Ruopp had a go for afters. But Steelers called on it. PP expectations…had a go early on, shot after shot. Nothing doing.
What’s Ryan’s big idea at 2 mins? Pull Ginn. A Sheff pen, so 6 on 4. They win the draw, they get it away, they want the win. We want to go home. And then Stadel had to dive into the net to chase an empty net shot. And Ginn back in. What a mess.
A goal at 0:00?
Sounds better than it was.
Sheffield were at the bottom of the league. The bottom. They outplayed us. We didn’t seem have the heart or ideas. It wasn’t good. A rollercoaster season so far. It’s making me sick.
Remedy Rating: 2/5 Fetch Me A Mirror, Is The Patient Dead?