It has taken 13 years for Steelers to breeze back in Manchester Storm’s direction - and the chances are there will be some thunder and lightning between these two, later this season.
Back from a decade of inactivity, Storm hosted Sheffield last night in a friendly; but the game in Altrincham was so competitive that it hints of some battling Roses action once again when the EIHL campaign begins.
Steelers twice went behind, but has the character and fitness to go ahead with two goals in three third period minutes. They scored an empty netter with 14 seconds left to win 4-2.
Tyler Mosienko almost opened Steelers’ account in the second minute, but was glove-caught by Manchester’s American goalie Zane Kalemba. Steelers, who gave a game debut to second-string goalie Brad Day, conceded in the fourth minute when Canadian Mathew Sisca stuck the puck home.
Day recovered his composure quickly,making a couple of decent saves.
Steelers got their first power play at 11:13 after Levi Nelson was tripped and Kalemba had to look sharp to prevent Cullen Eddy from levelling.
But another visiting D-man Russ Moyer managed to make it 1-1 (16;13) after Nelson’s approach play.
Storm, who took Nottingham Panthers’ scalp in a friendly, managed to contain Sheffield in the second period, although Fredrik Vestberg threatened on occasions.
Day pulled off a cracking save after a breakaway from Omar Pacha, but he was beaten blocker-side after Storm killed a penalty and Vinny Scarsella finished a two-one-one (35.35.)
The third period was six minutes old when a specialist sniper goal from Colton Fretter secured parity. Three minutes later Sheffield were ahead for the first time, Vestberg firing over Kalemba’s blocker. Mosienko scored the late ENG.