Heartbreak for Sheffield Steelers after late Nottingham Panthers fightback

Rob Dowd
Rob Dowd

There was heartbreak for the Sheffield Steelers on Saturday night, as they gave up a two goal lead to lose 3-2 to bitter rivals the Nottingham Panthers.

Just 24 hours after a 4-0 drubbing at home to the same opposition, in front of an Elite Ice Hockey League record attendance of 8,864, Steelers were beaten again, albeit in overtime.

The two results leave Gerard Adams’ Steelers one point clear of Braehead Clan at the top of the Elite League.

It will be scant consolation, but Steelers did take a point from Saturday’s encounter in Nottingham, in chief thanks to two first period goals.

First Colton Fretter hit the net, with just 3.43 on the clock.

Then Robert Dowd made it 2-0 to the visitors.

Sheffield controlled the first period in a much improved performance. But the Panthers finally got on the board at 25.55 when Chris Lawrence scrambled home the puck past Frank Doyle.

It was constant Panthers pressure in the middle session but the Steelers once again controlled the play for the vast majority of the final period and looked to have weathered the storm.

However with just 1.23 remaining Charles Landry blasted a one time slap shot into the top corner and took the game into overtime.

Six seconds from time, Mike Forney was called on a slashing minor, and Nottingham took full advantage with Lawrence shooting past Doyle for the winner 38 seconds into overtime.