‘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.
Following the success of our first ever ‘Fire & Ice’ game, your Sheffield Steelkings are very proud to bring you our first ever ‘Winter Blast’ game!
We love to shout about our sport and what better way than to have another FREE exhibition game for all you lovely people!…
Consider it our Christams present to you (and it certainly beats getting socks).
So, invite your friends, family, neighbours, work collegues and anyone else you can think of and let’s continue to spread the game of para ice hockey!
As well as an exciting game, we’ll also have a raffle, a tombola and a selection of merchandise on sale! (We might even have some little treats for you too!)
REMEMBER, it’s completely FREE ENTRY for all spectators! So mark your diaries and we’ll see you at IceSheffield on the 14th December!
Last night we hosted an amazing Learn to Sledge session in conjunction with our sponsors, Irwin Mitchell and friends.
Irwin Mitchell are passionate about helping us spread the amazing sport of para ice hockey and we are very grateful for their ongoing support.
We have more photos to follow on our facebook page but we had to share this one first!
An amazing night with amazing people. Thank you to everyone involved. We hope you had as much fun as we did
As you are probably aware, your Sheffield Steelkings were finalists in the best sport category of the National Lottery Awards.
Last Friday Coach Jake Oakley and Captain David Scivill took some of the team down to the BBC studios in London for the awards ceremony.
We have had an amazing time and met some wonderful people over the last 4 years and are extremely excited and proud to have been chosen as the best National Lottery funded sports project for 2018.
We’d like to thank all of our supporters and sponsors who have helped us to become the club we are today and continue to help us as we strive to reach the potential we know we have.
You can watch the awards on BBC One at 22:45 tonight.
As a thank you we are having a “Fire and Ice” exhibition game at IceSheffield on the 5th October starting at 17:50, and with free entry we hope to see you there.
For anyone who hasn’t seen our social media accounts lately, your Sheffield Steelkings are in the finals of the National Lottery Awards 2018!
We’ve been recognised by the National Lottery for our ‘Learn to Sledge’ programme, which we ran last year. The program helped to get hundreds of people into sledges and trying para ice hockey for the very first time.
We are now in the last week of voting and need your votes to help us to win
There are three ways to vote for us:
1. Click on this link and vote for us on the National Lottery website:
2. Telephone – Our project has a dedicated phone number.
You can call: 0844 836 9710
(Calls cost 5p but please be advised that connection charges may be applied by some networks, so please check with your provider).
3. And on Twitter – If you tweet or retweet #NLASheffieldSteelkings you will also be registering a vote for us. So please share any post you see using our hashtag. (You can find us on Twitter @SteelkingsSH)
We’re hoping that with your help, we can win the prize money which will allow us to buy more equipment and ice time to get more people playing para ice hockey with us in the future.
Thank you for support and we hope you will vote for our project and share it with everybody you know.
Wish us luck!
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#NLAwards #ParaIceHockey #SledgeHockey #SledHockey #Sheffield #Yorkshire
Your Steelkings are delighted to announce the return of AMG Superalloys as a sponsor for the 2018 season.
AMG have been with us since the beginning and we are humbled by their continued help and support.
We are proud to announce that 19eleven are the personal sponsor of Mark Briggs for our 2018 season.
19eleven are a sports management company that specialise in working with para-sport athletes, helping them to prepare for their sporting careers and beyond.
You can find full details on their website www.19eleven.co.uk.
We would like to say a big thank you to Richard and Mark for their support.
Following another great training session last night, we were joined on the ice by Pete and Ryan from the wonderful Cross Check Clothing!
We are very pleased to announce that for the third year running Cross Check Clothing will be sponsoring the team and we couldn’t be happier 😊
Famous around the UK and abroad for their ice hockey inspired clothing, it’s great to have the ‘CCC’ team as part of the Steelking family.
We thank Pete, Ryan and all of the Cross Check Clothing team for their continued support.
Check out their awesome threads by clicking the link to their website here:
Your Sheffield Steelkings are pleased to announce that Sheffield Garage Conversions Ltd will be the personal sponsor of Mike Rhodes for the 2018 season.
Providing a wide range of building services from house extensions and garage conversions, to roof work and home improvements. They are the go to people if you are looking to expand your family home.
You can contact them on 0114 221 9996 and don’t forget to tell them that the Steelkings sent you.