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We held our second annual Kings Cup tournament recently with four teams battling it out for the honour of winning the trophy. Joining the Sheffield Steelkings for this year’s tournament were the Rouen Dragons, the Cardiff Huskies and our own Steelbees team, with the Huskies taking home the spoils this time.
We thank the Rouen Dragons for making the long trip from Northern France, the Huskies for journeying here from South Wales and all of the fans who came to watch the excitement.
Hat-tricks from Matt Clarkson and debutant Matt Woollias helped Sheffield Steelkings to a 7-4 triumph over the table topping Manchester Mayhem in Altrincham on Sunday.
They lead 2-1 after a first period in which they had Manchester pegged inside their own zone for extended periods; Clarkson and club Chairman Jake Oakley scoring either side of Karl Nicholson’s tally for Manchester. The period was played at a furious tempo as the Steelkings cycled the puck with pace and fluidity, whereas Manchester looked dangerous on the break.
The second half was a scrappier affair and Manchester exerted more pressure of their own but Woollias gave Sheffield a 3-1 lead on a break-away effort on 25:47.
Manchester stormed back into the game to tie it up 3-3 by the start of the third period. The first came with 2:58 remaining in the second as Nicholson swept home a rebound from the centre of the Steelkings zone and then Anthony Booth took advantage of a break-away to level things up with 11:37 left to play.
Sheffield had to go and win the game again and did so. Woollias struck his second and third goals with 6:52 and 5:15 to play – the latter a back-post tap-in from a Clarkson cross, before Clarkson made the score 6-3, firing across goal into the top left corner of the net inside the final two minutes.
There was a late trading of goals in the final eighty seconds as Manchester struck back again through their own hat-trick hero Nicholson, before Clarkson secured the victory and earned his own hat-trick with a long-range effort with 31 seconds to play.
“I’m one very proud coach right now!” said Oakley afterwards, “We had a plan and together took down a great team. Everyone played their part and we got that result as a team.”
We play our first home game of the season this Sunday vs. the Peterborough Phantoms at IceSheffield at 16:15.
Written by Mike Rhodes
Photographs by Simon Gill and Anne Fotheringham
Matt Clarkson struck twice and Jake Oakley once as the Sheffield Steelkings Para Ice Hockey club began their league campaign with a 3-1 away win over the Cardiff Huskies on Saturday.
The Steelkings had to soak up a lot of early Cardiff pressure, but took the lead towards the end of the first period when Clarkson’s speculative effort from inside his own half found its way under the Huskies goaltender. They then had to rely on their own goalie Bryan Hackworth to make some key saves as the Huskies looked for an immediate response.
Sheffield grew into the game as it went on and doubled their lead in the second period. Clarkson was put through on goal by Oakley and again he finished under the goaltender from the inside right hash for his second of the game.
In the third period, Oakley got free of a defender to set up a one-on-one with the Cardiff netminder, and whilst his first shot was high, the puck bounced back off the backboards for him to bundle home his own rebound.
The Steelkings had to see out a late penalty for too many men on the ice but came good on the penalty kill, only for Cardiff to strike a late consolation as Russ Wiley fired in a rebound at close range.
Oakley said, “I’m really proud of everyone. All the players worked hard for each other and gave what they could and I’d like to thank the off-ice staff for all their efforts too.
We had to deal with a lot of pressure from Cardiff and they’re a very good side. It feels great to get our season off to a winning start.”
With the British Para Ice Hockey League adapting a 5 point system, the Steelkings earned 4.5 points for Saturday’s result: 2 points for winning the game, 1 point each for winning the first two periods 1-0, and 0.5 points for tying the third period 1-1.
The Huskies take the 0.5 points for the tied third period.
The Steelkings travel to Manchester next Sunday to face the Mayhem with a 16:15 face-off at Planet Ice Rink Altrincham.
Written by Mike Rhodes
“We are very grateful to the Rouen Dragons for inviting us for an absolutely brilliant game. Their hospitality was great and we have had a wonderful time and we hope to return the favour in the future”.
‘Team Elf’ found themselves the winners of the Sheffield Steelkings Para Ice Hockey Club’s first ever Winter Blast game with a late goal securing a 2-1 victory over ‘Team Santa’
The teams were made up of players from the Steelkings who decided to put on a free Christmas exhibition game as a thank you to the public for their support over the last year.
The Sheffield Steelkings won a National Lottery Award in September thanks to public support and to say thank you, put on this exhibition game.
The Steelkings were also joined by a very special guest on the evening, Sheffield strongman, Phil ‘Titanium’ Roberts who was on hand for the ceremonial puck drop before the game started and to award the Player of the Game awards at the end too.
A dominant first period by Team Elf saw many chances saved but the team, couldn’t find their way past Bryan Hackworth in the Team Santa’s goal. Both teams had chances but it was Team Elf who came the closest.
The tough and physical contest saw both sides battling hard, much to the crowds excitement.
The first period came and went and would end scoreless.
The game remained tied for over half of the second period too and saw Team Santa pushing harder to try and take back some control of the game.
Goalie changes half way through the game saw Warren Hewett replace Bryan in the Santa goal and sledge hockey newbie, Tom Wilton replace Gary Whiteley in the Elf goal.
Shortly after the goalie changes the game really started to heat up. The hits became bigger as both teams desire to win started to become obvious.
A long clearance by defenceman John Oakley caught Warren by surprise and he allowed the puck to hit his goalie pads and bounce out to a surging Barry Grayson who slotted it into the back of the net to give Team Elf the lead.
This was a blow that would take the wind out of the sails of Team Santa.
The score would remain 1-0 going into the third period. Following a team talk in the period break Team Santa came out strong and continued to push back in an attempt to tie the game.
Their pressure was rewarded when Wayne Plummer passed the puck to Matthew Franklin who was racing down the left wing and fired a shot straight past Tom Wilton in the Elf goal.
The game was now tied and would see the crowd getting closer to the edge of their seats.
The score would stay tied at 1-1 until just a couple of minutes from the end. With under two minutes left on the clock Jake Oakley raced through the Santa team to pounce on a loose puck.
The shot went hard and high on the Santa goal but was spectacularly saved by Warren Hewitt to make up for his earlier blunder.
With a flash of the glove Warren scooped the puck to the corner for the game to remain tied.
Unfortunately for Team Santa, Rachel Paget was following the play down the left wing and played the puck back across to Jake Oakley who had circled to be front of the goal once again.
Hewett wasn’t able to save the second shot by Oakley who released another hard and high shot for goal number two.
This goal would prove to be the game winner and would see Team Elf win the first ever Winter Blast game 2-1.
Sheffield Steelkings v Peterborough Phantoms (26/08/2017)
Final score: Steelkings 2 – 1 Phantoms (After Penalty Shots)
The final game of the British Para Ice Hockey league 2017 fell to the Sheffield Steelkings who welcomed the travelling Peterborough Phantoms to IceSheffield’s Bauer Arena, where both teams would do battle for the final playoff spot.
Both sides found themselves short on players but both fielding 8 skaters and a goalie for the crunch game.
Phantoms travelled to Sheffield knowing that only the three points a regulation win would bring, would be enough to make the playoffs, whilst Steelkings only needed a single point to secure their spot for the weekend in Hull.
The game started out evenly as both sides tried to create chances and control the flow of the play but it would be the Phantoms who would strike first.
A long shot from Kieran O’Meara (at 9.29) caught the Sheffield goalie, Rachel Rawson, by surprise as it took a bounce off her blocker and into a hole created under her arm. This also gave the Phantoms momentum as Steelkings tried to find a way to regroup.
The Steelkings weren’t without chances though. Shots came from all of the Kings forwards and a golden chance fell to Wayne Plummer who received a pass in front of the Phantoms net. However Rob Gaze was equal to the shot and everyone else’s, keeping the Phantoms lead alive.
Even though the Steelkings had outshot the Phantoms in the opening period the second started as the first had finished, with Phantoms keeping the Steelkings under pressure and the game could have gotten away from the Kings as Barry Grayson got a two minute penalty for Teeing (at 17.39).
Thankfully for the Kings, the Phantoms couldn’t take advantage of the extra man due to great pressure from Mark Briggs and the Kings defence core.
On return of Grayson, Steelkings started to push harder and harder and found some momentum of their own again. This was helped further as Phantoms Kieran O’Meara took a Slashing penalty on Jake Oakley (at 23.26) as they battled behind the Sheffield net.
Nothing came of the Steelkings advantage but there was a swing in the gameplay and Steelkings started to push hard again to break down the Phantoms defence.
The real change came following a battle in the middle of the ice which saw a loose puck chip into the Phantoms zone. Jake Oakley pushed hard to the puck and managed to over-take the final defender by beating him to the outside and cutting back in on net.
With nobody to challenge Jake it became a one-on-one with Phantoms Rob Gaze. The large home crowd erupted as the hard low shot beat the Great Britain netminder to bring the game back level (at 28.23) and light a new fire within the Kings.
The period came to an end shortly after and both sides returned to their benches to discussed tactics and take on water.
As the third period got under way the game became very tense for both sides. Both the Steelkings and Phantoms battled hard to try and break the deadlock and get the go-ahead goal.
The Phantoms found themselves under pressure early on as the Steelkings carried their momentum over from the second period.
This was helped further when Phantoms Kieran O’Meara got called for a second penalty (at 32.56). This time for Teeing behind the play.
Phantoms managed to fend off the Steelkings attempt to take the lead and then started their own attack.
Rachel Rawson with the help of Mark Colquitt, made a couple of key saves as time slowly started running out for Peterborough.
With only a few minutes to go Phantoms unfortunately lost Dave Threadgold after getting tangled on a hit with Rachel Paget.
Upon the restart, the Steelkings again took the game to Peterborough and really tried to break the deadlock in the final two minutes.
Kings were really applying the pressure to the Phantoms and despite their best efforts to clear the zone, John Oakley and Mark Briggs kept the puck from leaving the zone as the forwards tried to create an opportunity to strike.
However, with less than a minute to go the Steelkings very nearly came unstuck, when a loose puck was played to a high skating Scott Turner who chased it into the Sheffield zone but was chased down hard and the final attempt of the game was thwarted.
And with that, the whistle blew to mark the end of the period and Sheffield claimed the point they needed to make it to the playoffs.
But there was still more hockey to play and one more point up for grabs.
The game moved onto a five minute, four-on-four overtime period which would be used to try and determine a winner.
The Kings kept up their pressure and were the only side to register shots in the overtime period but again were denied by the fast reflexes of Rob Gaze.
The five minutes of overtime came and went and still the deadlock couldn’t be broken and so the game went to penalty shots.
Jake Oakley went first for the Steelkings. A steady approach saw him head towards goal and slot the puck through a gap under Rob Gaze as he dived to make the save.
For the Phantoms, Kieran O’Meara, Ali Amini and Scott Turner would all be denied by the pads of Rachel Rawson as would Sheffield’s Barry Grayson and Mark Briggs against Rob Gaze.
The lone goal by Jake Oakley was enough to see the extra point go to the Steelkings which in turn saw them leapfrog over the Manchester Mayhem and into third place in the league standings.
Unfortunately, the victory has also come at a cost to Sheffield.
The Steelkings will have to head into next weekend’s games without captain David Scivill.
David suffered an above the knee broken leg during a collision that saw a Phantoms player fall onto him in the first period.
Everyone at the club would like to wish Dave a speedy recovery.
The Sheffield Steelkings will now travel to Hull on the 2nd and 3rd September for the 2017 British Para Ice Hockey Playoffs, where they will face the Cardiff Huskies in the first game of the weekend.
We hope you can join us in Hull as we take the next step on our young club’s journey.
Sheffield Steelkings Man of the Match: #41 Jake Oakley
presented by Matthew & Natasha Franklin on behalf of Matrix Frames & Displays
Peterborough Phantoms Man of the Match: #8 Rob Gaze
presented by Gary Whiteley on behalf of Jersey 53
Shots on Steelkings: 7
Shots on Peterborough: 16
Match report from our 10-2 win against Manchester Mayhem Para Ice Hockey Club on Sunday 18th June, by Jake Oakley:
It may have taken two-and-a-half seasons but the Sheffield Steelkings Para Ice Hockey Club finally picked up its first ever victory in team’s history on Sunday (18th June).
The Manchester Mayhem were the club to take the title of being the first team to be beaten by Sheffield, in an emphatic display which saw the Steelkings thrashing the Mayhem 10-2.
Sheffield had been previously beaten by the Mayhem squad in an ill-tempered game in Altricham earlier in the season but bounced back in front of a packed IceSheffield home crowd.
Both teams had key players missing for the game but it was Sheffield who again could have found themselves on the wrong end of a big score line after missing both of their starting goaltenders.
It was forward, Jake Oakley, who found himself between the pipes for the Steelkings, having never played in goal for a sledge hockey game before.
Following the game Jake had this to say: “I’m so proud of this team for the incredible performance in front of me. Everyone stepped up their game to work together and they really pushed hard to get to every puck and win every battle.”
The Steelkings set the tone of the game very early and found the back of the net after only 33 seconds in – the first of many for Gary Farmer that night.
The game settled and it took a further eight and fourteen minutes for Sheffield to go two and three goals up. The third coming as part of a power play attack by Sheffield as Mayhem’s Pat Bailey got called with a ‘T’-ing penalty.
The second period started like the first and it took only 72 seconds for Farmer to put away his fourth goal past Manchester’s Dougy Hankinson.
Mayhem didn’t give up and kept pushing hard to test the Steelkings rookie goaltender several times in quick succession but they couldn’t find the back of the net.
Goal five for Sheffield, saw Mark Briggs get his first as a Steelking just after the 25 minute point and the score stayed that way until the whistle went for the end of the second period.
As the puck dropped once more for the third period, it was Barry Grayson who opened the scoring for the Steelkings after tucking the puck away after just 58 seconds to make the game 6-0.
Farmer also found the back of Hankinson’s net 90 seconds later before Manchester finally found their way through the Sheffield defence. Anthony Booth finally got a frustrated Mayhem team onto the scoreboard after working his way into the zone for a shot with just over ten minutes left in the game.
Two more shots found the back of the net for the Steelkings, both within the 36th minute of the game. Again scored by Gary Farmer for his sixth and seventh goals of the game.
This was the followed only a minute later, with Mark Colquitt finding a loose puck on the back door for his first as a Steelking too. Mark’s goal took Sheffield’s talley into the dizzy heights of double figures.
Manchester weren’t finished though and a well timed play with only five minutes to play, saw captain Karl Nicholson, weave through the Sheffield defence and sneak a shot past the blocker of Oakley for their second of the game.
Shots and saves were then had by both sides but the final four minutes stayed even and the 10-2 score became final. This saw a new chapter written into the Steelkings history books.
Reflecting on the club’s first win, captain David Scivill, had this to say: “I’m seriously proud of everyone on that performance and we won that game as a team and a family.”
On scoring his first goal of the game an excited Mark Colquitt added: “It was Superb! All the hard work the team has put together and I feel I have officially contributed too. I always aim to hopefully set up other people’s goals but to get one myself, is a bonus!”
The Sheffield Steelkings now look to carry this form into their next game when they travel to face a strong Cardiff Huskies Para Ice Hockey Club on the 8th July.
Shots on goal:
Sheffield – Oakley – 16
Manchester – Hankinson – 26
Penalties in Minutes:
Sheffield – 0
Manchester – 2
Man of the Match:
Sheffield – Gary Farmer
Manchester – Anthony Booth
All the photo’s from the game can be seen in our album at https://www.facebook.com/1529045473982478/photos/…
Thanks to Peter Bradbury for filming the game
With the All Stars weekend over for another year, and the EPL and Elite league’s seasons yet to start, you can still get your hockey fix this weekend as your Sheffield Steelkings take on the Kingston Kestrels in our penultimate game of the season.
Face off is at 7:30 and entry as always is free, so come down and be our extra line by cheering us on.
Last Sunday we took on last seasons champions the Peterborough Phantoms, we knew it wouldn’t be an easy game, but as always we were ready to give it our all.
We certainly weren’t going to make it easy for them and opened up the scoring with our first goal of the season curtesy of John Oakley who played a brilliant shot from deep in our defensive zone that managed to defeat the Phantoms goalie.
The game continued with your Steelkings fighting hard, however the Phantoms managed to score 7, leaving the final score as Steelkings 1, Phantoms 7
Player of the match for the Steelkings was awarded to Rachel Paget, and was presented by our mascot Izzy Best
A full gallery of the photographs from the game is available on our facebook page
Our next home game isn’t until the 6th August, but we have plenty of away games before then and would love to see you if you can make it. Full details on our fixtures page