Panthers 2 Steelers 1 (after overtime)

After lying down and letting the Steelers tickle our bellies on Boxing Day, a much improved performance was needed from the Panthers if we were to get anything out of this game. Thankfully we delivered.

Before the game WBC Super-Middleweight Champion Carl Froch was presented to the record 7,128 crowd, as well as an announcement that the GMB union have extended their sponsorship of the Panthers for a further two years, while that announcement was made the Steelers fans showed their complete lack of any class by chanting through it, still I expect nothing better from the self proclaimed ‘best fans in the league’.

The fun & games started immediately, as Danny Meyers and Ryan Finnerty dropped the gloves centre ice, but with Finnerty being the complete coward he is shunned the fight to watch Ndur v Cruikshank. Finnerty obviously saw that Meyers was in the mood to kick some arse and ran away, but he’ll wait and when he does get his long awaited beating it will be most satisfying.

After that the game was without real incident and was refereed very well by Moray Hanson. Steelers came to play their usual brand of boring trap hockey. Not great for the watching fans but an effective tactic to win games, however it’s easy to see why their crowds are in free fall because of this. Clear cut chances were few and far between apart from a Dan Tessier rocket that hit the crossbar early in the first, so it was still 0-0 at the end of the second.

The game started to open up a bit more in the third and that’s when the Steelers took an undeserved lead when an Ashley Tait shot rebounded to Joey Talbot who gleefully tapped the puck into an empty net. However Panthers came back strong and equalised soon after with Brendan Cook sending a rocket over Lehman’s shoulder and the NIC erupted. From then on it was one way traffic as Steelers clung on as Panthers went for the points. Lehman was outstanding during this period, one save he made from Molin was incredible. With the game at 1-1 we went into overtime and Steelers sadly got an undeserved point, but the NIC erupted just 56 seconds into the extra period as Matt Myers won the game with an unstoppable shot that Lehman is still looking for now!

The upshot is that we are now five points behind the Steelers, but that is far better than being eight points behind had they had won. The performance was a vast improvement on Boxing Day, especially in defence where Nick Toneys was exceptional. However, Rumun Ndur did not ice during the second and third periods and rumours are surfacing that his days at Panthers are numbered.

Finally a word for Michel Robinson, I was extremely critical of his appointment but he has proved me very wrong with some excellent performances in goal. I’m glad to eat humble pie and I hope his excellent form continues until the end of the season.


5 Responses to “Panthers 2 Steelers 1 (after overtime)”

  1. 1 Glynn M December 28, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    Common Jono, stop being so bitter. “Undeserved” Goal & Point for the Steelers…. you crack me up sometimes!! We deserved both, you just can’t bear that we were happy with 3 out of 4 points from the Christmas series!

    Finnerty a Coward? Absolute rubbish. Why did Meyers take the face off at all (surely Richardson was the Coward by not even being there! or trying to fight Ryan again during the game), and why didn’t “Captain” Meyers even try and punch Ryan? Maybe because they were already in the know that Ndur and Crucker were going to be the main event!

    Oh the chanting at the begining was already in flow well before the SPIN/PR that was the GMB announcement & the arrival of the Joe Calzaghe wannabee 😉 Just because it was important news for your guys why should we or any other opposing fans stop chanting? It’s not just Steelers who’ve done it so stop lamely throwing mud that won’t stick.

    PS. Have a Happy New Year 🙂

  2. 2 Mark December 28, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    The usual guff from GlynnisM, a bloody excuse for every little thing about his beloved Sqealers.

    Give it a rest Glynnis because quite frankly your opinion isn’t worth shit on here.

  3. 3 HORSEMAN December 28, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    Enjoyed more than usual clash between the Yorkshire lot mainly helped by a few JDs before and during the game. Robbo could be the find of the season me thinks. Mr Clarke seems to have lost the plot a bit but other than than that still am a happy chappy.HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYBODY

  4. 4 Andy O'Sullivan December 29, 2008 at 10:37 am

    Jono, you are funny mate. Blinkered but funny. Do me a favour and teach your mate to spell…..

    Let’s be honest, Neilson only goes after the smaller guys and Toney’s goes down easier than a hooker on St Annes.

  5. 5 taxi December 30, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    Well what a surprise from you pants fans. It seems as though Richardson likes being beaten, got back from the %-2 beating on Boxing Day to see him take a beating in the Coventry match, when will he ever learn.

    Quite agree with Neilson comments he only had a go when our players have their back to him or are coming out of an injury on the ice, I’m sure he will go the same way as the last 4 coaches after one season.

    Has NDUR been sent on is way yet, rumour has it he’s on his way an you are sniffing around one of ours when gillies is fit.

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