Sheffield Steelers have been the dominant force in British ice hockey for some time, winning last year's championship title. But they have a lost a number of their better players and went down 5-2 to a resurgent Coventry Blaze at the Skydome last night. Blaze scored some good goals but the best one was when the Steelers net tender tried to hide the puck under his leg after it had crossed the line.
All credit to Blaze net minder Hirsch for some good saves. However, Blaze still need to take better advantage of power player opportunities. One of the goals scored against them came when they had a numerical advantage.
The game was finished in two-and-a-quarter hours which reflects its pace but also a referee that kept it moving, overlooking minor infringements and avoiding any fights.