Sheffield Steelers fly the flag against Fife Flyers

Sheffield Steelers unfurled their championship banner tonight remind their Arena fans what title they are pursuing again this year.

The orange banner was hoisted half-way towards the rafters before the League game with Fife Flyers.

Sheffield Steelers banner raising

Sheffield Steelers banner raising

Fife were the team Steelers had to beat on the final day of last season to ensure the silverware went to Paul Thompson in his first season as coach.

Steelers said they had delayed unfurling the banner until Russ Moyer returned with his new team.

But it won’t have done any harm to pick a game that doesn’t traditionally attract a big gate.

How Sheffield didn’t hit the net in the first 20 minutes after the ceremony is anybody’s guess.

Russ Moyer back at Sheffield with Fife Flyers

Russ Moyer back at Sheffield with Fife Flyers

They dominated Fife but wasted lots of Power Play time, including a long five-on-three man advantage.

offensive d-man Ben O’Connor on the point on Power Play was the most likely to create an opening but Shane Owen was in imperious mood between the pipes.

Astonishingly Fife went in 1-0 up, returning hero Moyer setting up Brendan Brooks at 15:27.

A barrage of home attacks continued, the dam finally breaking when Levi Nelson, back from knee and wrist injury levelled at 33;24.

Flashback: Steelers partying in Fife after winning the 2015-16 title

Flashback: Steelers partying in Fife after winning the 2015-16 title

Steelers finally got the goals to ensure the points - and they both came in a 34 second spell.

Robert Dowd put the home side ahead for the first time at 41;23 and Tyler Mosienko banged in another - a goal much disputed by Owen.

A fourth goal from Guillaume Desbiens ended the evening on a high note.

Coach Paul Thompson said he had been frustrated by lack of PP penetration, but was pleased his side had come good in the third period.

*Flashback: on the last day of the 2015-16 campaign Cardiff Devils beat Nottingham Panthers 4-3 to briefly regain top spot.

But Steelers, who had faced off 30 minutes later, won 3-1 at Fife to take the trophy.


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