Sheffield Ice Tigers B 4-4 Bradford Cannibals
A south/west yorkshire derby on a saturday night. Sheffield fielding a good combination of some of the lesser experianced guys, meshing valiantly with a few of the older faces. Bradford, provided the perfect challenge to match Sheffields lineup. Flaherty and DeSouza on debut for the home team, the former rewarded with the man of the match for his stellar efforts. Most of the first period had expired before we saw a goal, but that started a real flurry both sides of the intermission. Forster started the scoring 15 minutes in, with Bradford firing back with two quick ones before the break to take the lead. Kelly scored a replying tally to pull back level before the Cannibals regained the lead just 30 seconds later. Sam Renshaw left it just before the break to even things up again. However the away team started quickly breaking the deadlock early with the buzzer barely finishing sounding when they slotted one home after 12 seconds. A tight third period with sound defensive play at both ends, it was hard to see a result other than a loss for the Tigers...untill avid steelers fan/mascot James Clarke scored his first for the club at the most important time, just 4 minutes remaining. The game finished with a 4-4 tie, setting up an interesting return fixture in the near future in Bradford.
Sheffield Ice Tigers 5-5 Kingston Cobras
A lot of negativity preluded this late Sunday night game, many believing it was simply a case of damage control. Starting with a fast pace, it was a tentative first period. Both teams getting a feel for each other, both netminders had their tests. It took until an intermission talk, where creating more offence was discussed, this led to a quick start to the period with Edgars firing home a beauty top shelf off a good feed from Cooper. Unfortunately they failed to use the momentum and allowed Kingston to come at them, which they did in waves and scored two replies later. Man of the hour Sam Renshaw, turned over the puck on the forecheck and dished two great passes to the trailing Forster to tie this one up. Following a huge hit shorthanded by Durrans, Kingston came again and scored just before the break, unassisted giving them the lead and the advantage going into the final stanza. The second line for the Tigers performed excellently providing depth scoring, Ledger notching his first for the club to tie the game up and swing the tide back in Sheffields favour, however again, fired up by every goal Sheffield scored Kingston took the lead once again. Just a minute later though, clutch player Adam Durrans was Jonny on the spot in the slot, finishing top shelf and restoring the deadlock. Renshaw soon followed somehow managing to get on a breakaway and slot home the certain winner...The Tigers held them off, and victory was looking assured as we entered the death of this game, and despite the heavy pressure Titch was facing and handling admirably – unfortunately the Cobras stung the Tigers hopes of glory by clawing back level with less than two minutes remaining. The game finishing 5-5.