Sheffield Ice Tigers 5-4 Sheffield Blazers
A local rivalry re-ignited to start 2015 with a bang for Sheffield Rec Hockey. Local Champions, the Ice Tigers took the long road trip to Ice Sheffield, to face the Sheffield Blazers. A to and fro game from the off, began with Part time Blazer Durrans, scoring his first of three on the night early in the first. This would go answered to start the second with the Blazers notching two tallies to take the lead. A controversial incident involving a checking from behind penalty awarded to a Tigers player, also resulted in a 5 on 4 as a 5+ game was awarded to the Blazers player for attempted spearing, with a roughing also awarded. The powerplay unit took full advantage scoring 3 times on the powerplay (The major doesnt expire as a result of a goal). The tigers heading into the period break with a 4-2 lead but shorthanded (5 on 3). The Blazers seized their opportunity scoring twice on the man advantage taking the lead and the momentum. The deadlock remained until the very last minute when some great possesion down low in the Blazers zone led to the puck coming loose in the slot and Forster bagging the GWG at the death. A bitter affair with some bad blood to inevitably carry over to their next meeting!