Travel Journal: Little Miracles

Athens ThriftLook how beautiful this Greek antique/vintage/junk shop is! I spotted the shop front down a side street whilst we were strolling along eating frozen yoghurt. The  little wooden sign informed me it was called ‘Little Miracles’, and knowing  it wasn’t to be missed I went for a poke around.

Vintage Horn

Vintage Umbrella Stand

Vintage Grammaphone

Spilling out onto the street were; pots and pans; candlesticks; vases; an umbrella stand; a tricycle, bed warmers; and numerous brass instruments.

Inside was just as chaotic, with items pinned from wall to wall and trinkets crammed into every nook and cranny.

vintage cameras

Vintage Perfume

Perfume bottles are always so pretty, and make such a pleasing dressing table. I love vintage bottles, particularly those with atomisers, instant glamour.

I’d never heard of ‘Crepe De Chine’ before but I’ve found a lovely review online:

“Crepe de Chine is a stunning, world class perfume. The scent has a clean, fresh entry with a gorgeous full bodied greenfloral accord at its heart, all over creamy, dreamy exotic woods. Crepe de Chine envelopes you with beauty beyond compare.” [1] 

One look at that Art Deco bottle and I’m picturing flapper dresses, classic cars, and cigarettes in long thin holders being smoked by ladies with red lipstick.

Vintage TeacupsI was brought crashing back to reality when the shop owner told me these china teacups were €27! Maybe she knows something I don’t about the floral motif, but you could thrift something similar much closer to home. Our charity shops are always full of tiny treasures at bargain prices.

Little Miracles antiques was a detour on the way to the Acropolis museum which was our main plan for the day. However, no photographs are allowed in the museum. This doesn’t make for a very fun blog post so instead I’ll show you our quick visit to the Panathenaic stadium later that day.

We’d spotted the stadium from our open top bus tour on the first day and thought it looked quite impressive. Although marble is everywhere in Athens, the stadium really stands out from its’ surroundings due to the solid shape forming a huge block of colour. Panathenaic Stadium

That tiny figure on the steps is me, I’ve gone trundling down the steps because I’ve spotted something worth investigating.

These are the throne’s where the Greek King and Queen sat during the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. These days the stadium is used for Olympic events and other concerts and festivals.Close up: lion paws hold up either end of the throne’s.Ready, set, go! It wouldn’t be right to leave without a quick once around the track. Enough fun and games for one post, I’ll leave you with a selection of my favourite details from Olympic posters around the stadium.Vintage Olympic Posters

L-R: St Louis 1904; London 1908; Paris 1924; Paris 1924; Berlin 1936; London 1948; Rome 1960; Mexico 1968; Athens 1896.

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Olympic roundup

I’ve been toying with the idea of writing an Olympic blog post recently, but wasn’t sure where to start. There’s almost too much to say, too much for one post, too much for one person. But the Olympics have saturated daily life for me, and probably the rest of Britain, so it seemed rude not to.

It’s been a very un-British couple of weeks. Far from the status quo of cynicism and misery, we’ve been celebrating. Celebrating! And the exact turning point was the opening ceremony.

Four years ago I was lucky enough to go to Beijing, which was a real milestone in my life. I got the chance to watch a rehearsal of their opening ceremony in the Birds Nest, and watched the real thing with my friends, and seemingly half of Beijing, on a big screen in Beihai park.

It’s fair to say I was slightly apprehensive about the home leg, but I needn’t have worried.

I’m not going to review the opening ceremony, you’ve all seen it, but I am going to reiterate just how good it was.

Team GB had a tentative start, but our nerves were soon put to rest. We’ve been treated to 29 gold, 17 silver, and 19 bronze medals. It became the norm to wake up and think, “What are we going to win today?”

As spectators, we often have our hopes raised and expectations built up, only to be followed by that familiar feeling of disappointment.  It’s a British characteristic to root for the underdog so it’s no surprise that we’re seldom celebrating.

During the build up there was a lot of promise, but a lot of expectation, and for Team GB to surpass that has been a joy to watch. I didn’t know long distance running could be so captivating, and I had no idea the cycling sprint was so bizarre.

I didn’t make it to London, but I did catch some Olympic football closer to home, at the City of Coventry stadium (aka Ricoh Arena). I’m not a football fan, but any excuse for a Mexican wave.


These Japanese fans deserve a special mention. I went as a neutral spectator but they did a good job of turning me, and the rest of the stand into Japan fans!
Olympic Tickets

 

Archive: March 10 – Greg Chambers

Another archive post originally published in Ignite Magazine.

Greg Chambers is currently the third highest points scorer in the Elite League. His role on Coventry Blaze’s ‘Basingstoke line’ is irreplaceable and his passing has been compared to NHL quality by coach Paul Thompson.

Unfortunately, in February we Blaze fans have missed out. Chubbs was out of action for four games due to an ankle sprain. I spoke to Chambers after his first game back, an important 6-4 win over Belfast.

“I skated in warm up and it felt pretty good” he explained. “Then it started getting sore as the game went on. I’ll just keep going through the pain barrier. In this sport there’s going to be injuries, little knocks, stuff that takes a while to heal. Every team goes through it, when one of the guys goes down on our team, it’s followed someone else pretty soon.”

As we speak Chubbs’ ankle is wrapped in ice, but it doesn’t seem to bother him as he talks about his eagerness to get back into the swing of things. “It was just something Thommo’s been talking to me about. He wanted to know even if I could just come back and play a little bit. Play powerplay, and if I could help out the team in any way.”

“It’s very frustrating, you see it a lot different from being up in the stands. You see all the little things you can do and the little things that go wrong but at the end of it you just want to be healthy and get back and help out the team.”

With one goal and one assist, Chambers certainly helped us out with Belfast, despite not being fully fit.

“Belfast being one of the top teams in the league, they were gonna bring it at us and I think everyone responded really well tonight” he said. “Every player contributed. A few more wins and hopefully we’ll win the trophy soon.”

It’s fair to say February was a rocky month for Blaze. The night before our crucial win over Belfast we lost to bottom placed Hull Stingrays. Throughout the year it’s been proven any team really can beat any team but Chubbs didn’t seem too worried.

“There’s been a few games where we’ve played lower teams in the league and the results haven’t gone our way. At the end of the day, you come into the rink on a match day, you come to play hockey so you’ve just got to put that behind you and hopefully get the form back together.”

“You know all year long there’s going to be a little mistake here and there, but you’ve just got to bounce back.”

With a locker room full of guys aiming for the top Greg was confident Blaze’s form will return. But I wanted to know why his line with Owen and Cruikshank, works so well.

“It’s just chemistry from three and a half years together. We’re lucky when Calder went down Brad Cruikshank was available to step in for us right away. It was a move that was great for the team. You know all the little things, you know if someone has the puck, you know where the other guys go to get open. If he’s open we’re just gonna give each other the puck and hopefully it’ll work out for us.”

Since joining the Blaze, Greg has seen his hard work pay off with some great results whereas at Basingstoke it was hard to reap the rewards.

“Being top of the league, I haven’t been there for a long time. It’s definitely a step up. It was a long two years, those last few at Basingstoke. It’s just one of those things where if you settle somewhere for a while you just take the bumps with the bruises.”

Although Thommo narrowly missed bringing Chambers here last season, he didn’t make the same mistake again.

“The deal was done last Christmas time and I just tried to keep it quiet until the end of the year. With all the problems we had with a few of the owners there they pretty much told us it was going to be the last year in the Elite League. Everyone knew there were going to be job opportunities somewhere else for some guys, fortunately I was one of them to come here.”

For Chambers the differences between the two clubs are clear, both on and off the ice.

“The main thing is the organisation. It’s the best organisation in the country to play for. You talk about British ice hockey, one of the team names that comes up is the Coventry Blaze.” He went on to explain what attracted him to the side.

“Over the last ten years they’ve won the most trophies. Everything about them from the guys in the room, to the coaches, the trainers, the management, the owners, everything is just first class here.”

“It’s definitely the place to play in the country and so as long as I’m in the country I’ll try and be with the Coventry Blaze.”

Playing for Blaze this year has allowed Greg to concentrate on what’s happening on the ice rather than worrying what’s happening behind the scenes.

“You come in, you’ve just got to play your game. A few of the other clubs you’ve got to worry about everything, from little things beyond the rink and all that. And there’s nothing you can do about it.”

So close to the end of the season, Greg and the rest of the team only have one thing to worry about now – to make sure it will be Blaze lifting the trophy.

Archive: Feb 10 – Dan Carlson

As featured in Ignite Magazine.

Dan Carlson is the type of player any coach would dream of signing. Hard working, dependable and consistently a great all round player, he’s one of the key guys you need when putting together a team aiming for the top. As fans, we expect a lot and Carlson is someone who delivers. Week in and week out we watch him on the penalty kill, winning face offs and racking up the points.

In his five seasons with Blaze, he’s been there to lift the league trophy three times but success hasn’t gone to his head. Speaking after Blaze’s 6-1 win over Hull Stingrays at the end of January, he seemed quietly confident about the rest of the season.

“At the end of the day, it was a pretty straightforward result. We played a solid game, didn’t give them any opportunities and took advantage of the ones we got” he said. “We’ve been a bit up and down so it’s nice to win. This weekend we’ve put in two solid performances so hopefully we can carry that over to next weekend.”

After a few patchy results in January, a couple of decent wins saw Blaze return to the top of the table. Carlson explained what Thommo has been grilling the team on to ensure they stay there. “One of the things we need to focus on is playing a full 60 minutes. Other games, we’ve played well for a period or two periods, then sort of let it slide a little bit.”

Nonetheless Dan has still had some great form the past few months. The fans have shown their appreciation in the form of December’s player of the month award. And since then he’s still been chipping in with the goals and assists. Full of praise for his teammates, Dan was pleased with just how many players are contributing to the score sheet. He knows it’s hard to take advantage of chances against us, especially with Peter Hirsh in goal.

February is an important month for Blaze. Unfortunately having been hit with the injury of Adam Calder, Carlson explained the impact of losing your captain at such a crucial time in the season. “Obviously, it’s tough, you can’t really replace a guy like Calder. Consistently scoring goals for us and he’s good on the powerplay. But we’ll certainly try and make do.”

With Brad Cruikshank as a replacement, it certainly seems better than just making do and Dan seemed happy with the new guy’s first weekend in blue.“It’s always a little bit different to come to a new club but I suppose you adjust pretty quickly. You don’t really have a choice.

“From the look of it Cruikshank’s going to contribute to the team. He’s a good player and he played well for us this weekend. He’s played with a few other guys before so that always helps, sort of eases him into it.”

Carlson doesn’t give too much away during the interview but his ambitions couldn’t be clearer. “I’d like to say I see us at the top at the end of the year, obviously that’s our goal so hopefully it’ll happen. I think if we keep playing well then we’ll be there. It’s tight right now. It’ll come down to us, Nottingham and Belfast and hopefully it’s us that’s making the push to the end of the year. Right now, both of them are chasing us and I’d like to stay in that position, definitely.”

I get the impression he doesn’t spend too much time analysing his game, preferring to just get out there and do what he has to do to win.

With the club celebrating ten years in the city, he did, however share some proud memories from his time here.“You see the level of professionalism has increased over the years as we’ve grown as an organisation. We’ve got great fan support, I can never complain about that. The grand slam would be hard to top, my first year here. And then back to back league titles is pretty impressive as well.

“It’s hard to defend, look at Sheffield, they managed to make a push last year and win it. This year they’re struggling at the bottom of the table. It’s hard to maintain that high level for two years in a row.”

Coventry are a club determined to succeed and even a second place finish last season was a defeat for Carlson. “We weren’t at the level we expected and I guess that was a little bit of a letdown” he said.

Hoping to make up for it this season, however, he has silverware firmly in his sights. “Again, the goal is just to keep winning trophies. To stay in the position to at least give us a chance to win. Obviously it’s hard to do, it’s getting more and more competitive every year.”

I ask him how long he expects to stay here for. “I don’t know, good question. I’m sure Thommo would ask the same thing!” he laughed. With that I left him to catch up with some of the old faces from the Blaze who were hanging around the locker room. He assured me it wouldn’t be a big night out, but I’m not so certain, not with Tasker hanging around.

Vancouver 2010: Ones to watch

February 2009 – Obviously since then  some athlete’s rankings have changed, but I wonder how many of my predictions will come true.

Great Britain has a reputation for poor performance in the Winter Olympics having won only 21 medals throughout the whole history of the Games. The 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin were no exception with Shelly Rudman the only Briton to stand on the medal podium. She brought home Silver in the women’s skeleton bobsleigh after finishing just 1.23 seconds behind the Gold medallist.

British athletes are currently skiing, curling and snowboarding in championships around the world in a bid to qualify for the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games in 2010. With an increasing number of athletes ranked in the top 15 in the world, there’s great potential for British medal success.

So with the Games just one year away Emma Law takes a look at our best athletes who will be hoping to stand on the winners podium and add to Great Britain’s (so far) measly medal tally.

 

Zoe Gillings
Snowboard-Cross

23 year old Zoe Gillings is Britain’s best female snowboard-cross racer. She is ranked 4th in the world and has already qualified for Vancouver. Quite an achievement, especially considering in 2005 she was told she would almost certainly never compete again.

After landing badly she suffered what could have been a career ending foot injury.

Determined to put the setback behind her, Gillings still competed in the 2006 Games. Although barely fit from her injury she finished a credible 15th in her event.

This time around, however, we’re likely to see her standing on the medal podium.

“My experience at the Turin Olympics should stand me in good stead as I already know what the pressure is like,” Gillings told the BBC.

“I definitely feel I have got a good chance of getting a medal. It’s a question of getting everything right in the build up to give myself the best chance of everything going right on that day.”

With a gold medal within her grasp, Gillings spent last summer at an intense training camp in preparation.

This has certainly paid off. An improvement in her start times and a more consistent performance then before has seen her rise three places in world rankings.

 
Dr Ice
Skeleton

Kristan Bromley immerses himself in his sport – skeleton bobsleigh. In 2008, he became the first person to win the World Championship, European Championship and World Cup in the same season.

As well as huge success on the track, he also researches, designs and manufactures the equipment he needs to make it to the finish line safely.

He even has a PhD in sports engineering earning him the nickname Dr Ice.

Head first, at speeds of close to 90mph, with no brakes, and just the rider’s body movement to steer through bends, skeleton is the definition of an extreme sport.

Despite his excellent recent form, Bromley knows just how tough it will be. Speaking to the BBC from his training base in Sheffield, he said:

“Everybody now looks to us to win a gold medal in Vancouver and believe it or not we are going to be massive underdogs going into that event.”

“We’ll be up against a very very strong Canadian team who’ll have two years worth of training [on the Olympic track], and it’s going to be an uphill battle.”

Vancouver will be Bromley’s third Olympics, having placed fifth in Turin while his girlfriend, Shelly Rudman, collected the Silver medal in the women’s event.

 

Scottish Men’s Curling Team

It might look like an odd mix of bowls and road sweeping, but curling is actually a very tactical sport.

The basic idea is to finish with your stone closest to the centre (or tee) of the target area, called the house.

Tactics include knocking an opponent’s stone out the way and bumping one of your own in. Setting up guard stones is also useful.

And the brooms? To melt the ice, reducing friction and allowing the stone to travel further of course!

With curling’s roots in 16th Century Scotland, Great Britain will once again be looking to the Scots to bring home some silverware.

Skipped by David Murdoch, the Scottish men’s team are among the world’s best. Between them they hold 31 medals, 14 of which are gold, although none of them Olympic just yet.

In 2008, the team had plenty to celebrate. April saw them take Silver in the World Championships, missing out to rivals, Canada.

Just before the end of the year, the team overcame Norway 7-6 to win Gold at the European Curling Championships.

 

Jon Eley
Short Track Speed Skating

Short track is a form of speed skating. Unlike traditional, long track skating, competitors race along the same stretch of ice, directly against each other, not the clock.

And all that matters is finishing ahead of your opponents.

On a short track, where bends are tight and your rivals close, overtaking is a very tactical procedure, and one which can result in race altering crashes.

Whilst thrilling for the spectators, skaters must tow the line between speed and tactics to avoid throwing their chance at an Olympic medal away.

Great Britain’s Jon Eley is another experienced Olympian in our selection who competed in Turin in 2006.

Eley will face some very tough competition, especially from the Koreans who have dominated this event previously.

In short track, however, anything can happen and Eley’s Gold medal in the European Championships last year puts him in a good position for Vancouver.

Also look out for the Great Britain relay team, who with the help of Jon Eley, picked up the Silver medal in the same competition.

 

 Chemmy Alcott
Alpine Skiing

Chemmy Alcott first strapped on the skis when she was just 18 months old, and by the age of eight she was already dreaming of Olympic medals.

She has come a long way since then, currently ranked 16th in the world, she is Britain’s top alpine skier, but her dream has not changed:

“I’ve always wanted it. If you talk to anyone I’ve ever worked with they’ll tell you I’m the most determined young lady that they ever meet. I just won’t let anyone stand in my way,” she said.

As well as her determination to be the best, Alcott is well known for her good looks and enthusiastic personality. Rarely an article is written which doesn’t mention her blonde hair or sparkling smile.

She uses this to her advantage of course, securing modeling contracts and sponsorship deals. All bringing in the funds needed to turn a promising skier into an Olympic champion.

In the opening race of this season, Alcott recorded her best result in the giant slalom discipline. She finished 10th and was off to a promising start.

Whilst in training for the next race, she suffered a setback in the form of a broken ankle.

Last month she made her comeback at the World Cup in Italy, finishing 15th. A result which puts her back on track to finally achieve her dream.

Panthers close gap on Blaze

Coventry 0-4 Nottingham (21.12.08)

Coventry Blaze felt defeat on Sunday after a beating from the Nottingham Panthers in what was the most hyped game of the season so far.

Expectations were high for both players and fans alike, but Blaze were stumped by some excellent goal tending from Panther’s netminder, Michel Robinson.

An aggressive start saw two fights in just over a minute and a half.

Carlyle Lewis got the better of Panther, Jeff Bergin and fans were treated once again when Danny Stewart exchanged blows with Bruce Richardson just six seconds later.

It wasn’t long before there were more additions to the already crowded penalty box – Deschateles for Blaze, Tessier and Ndur for Panthers.

Weaver and Calder both came close, but failed to convert chances in the first of many fruitless powerplays for the Blaze.

A wristshot from Russ Cowley later ringed off the post marking Coventry’s best chance so far.

Tempers flared once more, with Sylvain Deschateles and Dan Tessier ending up in the sin bin after a scuffle.

Blaze continued to dominate, with two further powerplay opportunities but the first period ended goalless for both teams.

A calmer start to the second, but Blaze continued to pile on the pressure. Robinson kept the game level, pulling off a sharp glove save from a Barrie Moore shot. Adam Calder almost made it through, only for the puck to creep over the top of the net.

David Clarke responded to the pressure, getting the first goal of the match for the Panthers. He slammed the puck into the top of the net after a mistake from Corey LeClair cost Blaze possession.

Coventry kept the pace up, but with more chances untaken the passion began to fade.

Nottingham played an organised game, doubling their lead before the break. The large crowd of away fans celebrated as Dan Tessier found Johan Molin who slid the puck under JF Perras’s pads.

Blaze were still on the attack in the final period, but their efforts went unrewarded as Robinson blocked all attempts including a slapshot from new recruit Jon Coleman.

Defence suffered and as the only player in the zone, Brendan Cook did not hesitate to add another to the Panther’s lead.

With Blaze unable to recover, frustrations surfaced once more. Galbraith found himself roughing it up with Dan Carlson who took offence to his hit on Corey LeClair.

Clarke got his second of the night, taking the opportunity to stick another in the net less than 30 seconds before the buzzer. A painful end for Blaze fans as many suspected it was offside.

Marathon Madness

September 2008 – Edited out of this version is an interview I did with serial streaker Mark Roberts. He had some interesting opinions which I included in my final draft, but for here, I’ll just stick with the story.
It’s been four years since defrocked Irish priest Cornelius Horan famously crashed into the Athens Olympics.
Horan charged onto the course and barged Brazilian marathon leader Vanderlei de Lima into the crowd. He was just four miles from Gold.

In a flash, de Lima lost his 45 second lead and finished with a bronze medal instead of the gold he was almost certain to have won. All because Horan was trying to tell the world about our apparent impending doom.

But what has happened since then? What became of Horan and the victim of his ill-fated stunt?

 

Entering the stadium in Athens, de Lima was greeted to a hero’s welcome, with the crowd cheering his hard fought bronze medal.

With his arms outstretched he soared towards the finish line. Throwing kisses and waving to the crowd, de Lima’s Olympic spirit shone through. After all, he was the first, and so far only Brazilian to have medaled in this event.

De Lima’s sportsmanship was later recognized when he was awarded the Pierre de Coubertin Medal for “exceptional demonstration of fair play and Olympic values”.  A nice gesture from the International Olympic Committee, but hardly a gold medal.

The appreciation for de Lima was repeated in his homeland and he became a Brazilian celebrity.

The press was eager to tell the story of the Brazilian farm boy who from humble roots grew into the country’s most famous marathon runner and the national athlete of the year in 2004.

In one television interview, Brazilian beach volleyball champion, Emanuel Rego placed the gold medal he had won in Athens around de Lima’s neck, making a gesture that spoke for all athletes who keep going in the face of adversity.

Although finishing third, Vanderlei de Lima was treated like a champion in Brazil. He received $66,000 from a supermarket chain who had promised the prize to any Brazilian who won gold in Athens.

Despite a subsequent appeal by the Brazilian Olympic Committee for a duplicate gold medal to be awarded, the result was not changed.

Undeterred, de Lima started his preparations for the 2008 Beijing Games.

In May of this year, just two months before the start of the Beijing Olympics, de Lima announced he would not compete.
An injury to his left thigh had forced him to drop out of the qualifiers and left him unable to defend his medal.

At 39 years of age, it looks as though this was his last chance at Olympic gold. Perhaps though, Vanderlei de Lima will overcome difficulty once again and be back in 2012, running the marathon in London.

And what of Cornelius Horan? For his role in this drama he was given a 12 month suspended prison sentence by a Greek court and fined 3,000 Euros.

Horan had previously spent two months in prison for aggravated trespass after bursting onto the track at the British Grand Prix.

The publicity-seeking priest would appear in the press again after being charged with indecent assault against a seven year old girl. He was later acquitted and celebrated by performing an Irish jig outside court.

Horan was defrocked by the Catholic Church in January 2005.

Despite saying he would not disrupt anymore sporting events, Horan was arrested by German police before the 2006 World Cup final after planning a stunt outside the venue.
Calling it a ‘peace jig’ he had planned to carry posters in support of Adolf Hitler.

Since then, he received an ASBO banning him from entering certain London boroughs to keep him away from last year’s London marathon.

 

Since Horan’s stunt in Athens four years ago, the end of the world has not arrived. What has, one hopes, ended is Horan’s crusade of gatecrashing sporting events.

The rest of us, however, look to athletes like Vanderlei de Lima for inspiration and a lesson in sportsmanship and fair play.

 

 

 

Steelers v Panthers Report

 
This is a match report I wrote near the start of the hockey season. It’s old, but it’s interesting to see how the season progressed.
 
Sheffield Steelers 6-3 Nottingham PanthersSunday October 12th 2008
Sheffield Steelers enjoyed a 6-3 victory over arch rivals Nottingham Panthers on Sunday, with a hat trick from 20 year old Brit Robert Dowd helping Steelers pull from 3-1 behind for the winner.
Steelers fans were in good spirits throughout the highly anticipated derby game, played to a large crowd at Hallam Arena
 
 
It was a nervous start for Sheffield with Ashley Tait in the penalty box for high sticks after only three minutes. However, Panthers struggled to set up a play and narrowly escaped falling behind after a breakaway wristshot from Joe Talbot whizzed over the goal.

Sheffield also failed to capitalize on the powerplay, with some poor passing meaning they could only scramble the puck into the offensive zone.

Steelers fans had something to cheer about ten minutes in, when Ryan Finnerty got the better of Bruce Richardson when blows were exchanged after a disagreement between the pair.

The penalties were one sided with Finnerty receiving five minutes in the box for fighting, but Richardson was handed two minutes for boarding, and two plus ten for instigating on top of his fighting penalty.

Frustrations ran high in the Steelers camp, with Talbot, Sheppard and Munn all producing good shots which couldn’t find their way past netminder Davis Parley.

Nottingham faced even more time on the penalty kill with defenceman Danny Meyers receiving a hooking penalty just after the ten minute mark.

Despite a five on three advantage Sheffield still failed to produce the goods and even allowed Panther Kevin Bergin a shot on goal which was only ruined by a snapped stick.

Nottingham soon snapped up the chance to dominate after the Steelers found themselves with two men in the box.

Wasting no time on the powerplay, they quickly set up camp in the Steelers zone.

The first goal of the match came at 15:15 when Corey Neilson passed behind the goal to find Johan Molin who flicked the puck into the net.

 

The second period was awash with goals, the first of which brought the score to an even one all.

Solid teamwork improved the Steelers powerplay and Captain Jonathan Phillips easily found the net, despite Rumun Ndur’s best efforts to defend.

Steelers fans once again reveled in Ndur’s misery, when he repeatedly fluffed shots on the backhand before being pushed off the puck.

Soon it was Nottingham’s turn to celebrate, scoring two powerplay goals in just under a minute and a half. Bergin scored the first, a wristshot from the blue line which keeper Jody Lehman had no answer for.

A frustrated Lehman then found himself with a two minute slashing penalty, which Corey Neilson took advantage of, hitting Lehman’s water bottle for the Panthers third goal.

The away team quickly lost their discipline and a penalty on Dan Tessier for holding the stick marked the end of Nottingham’s chances.

Steelers took just 19 seconds to convert the penalty into a goal. Robert Dowd put the puck in the net with his first of the night, assisted by Dagenais and Finnerty.

Sheffield were on form now, working hard for their equalizing goal which came at 35:22. The first even handed of the night, scored by Joe Talbot after a scrum around the net.

Just 2 minutes later defenseman Steve Munn easily skated around the defence to set up Dowd for his second. This put Steelers ahead for the first time.

Nottingham’s bad defending continued and were lucky not to be more behind as the period ended 4-3.

 

The goals had rolled in during the second, but the third period was goalless until the last three minutes of play when Sheffield nabbed two.

Nottingham had lost momentum in the break and could only scrape together a few chances to score. Frustrations were felt by Ndur who talked himself into a ten minute penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct after disagreeing with a hooking call.

Man of the match Dowd extended Steelers lead three minutes from the end, with fans celebrating his hat trick by throwing caps onto the ice.

Although the game was sewn up at this point, the rivalry between the teams continued with Tait and Richardson getting two minutes each for holding and roughing respectively.

Steelers rubbed salt in the wounds one more time when a minute after Dowd’s hat trick, Talbot scored his second of the night, wrapping up the game 6-3.

This was an important win for mid-table Sheffield, who have a lot of work to do if they want to win silverware this season.