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First prediction of the night is in, Ruth says we're going to manage a 2-2 draw tonight - I really hope that's the case :S
Emma predicting a Devils loss, 2-4 this time :( Unfortunately, I think that's pretty close to what the result could turn out to be :(
Keith from the far west is also going for a 2-4 loss :(
Turns out if the Devils lose tonight, Skippy, one of the sites mods will be forced to buy and wear a Steelers jersey, oh the shame...
10minutes to go, and it's very very quiet coming out of the big blue tent
Still, no one has said the ice is a big puddle, so that's a positive
Tonights loss excuse has been found by Keith - the ice pad is too small :D
Uh oh - Darnell is the man with the whistle tonight, prepare for chaos :(
A Devils win! Stephen predicting a 4-2 win for us, let's hope that one works out :)
Hewitt icing for the Steelers, seems the match penalty for fighting in the last 2mins of a game may have been removed...
And we're off!
Crowd decent for this game, not as big as last week but still a decent turnout
Devils icing at 0:23
And it's gone quiet again, can't be a lot happening yet
Still, if Steelers haven't scored in the opening minute or so, that's an improvement!
Steelers save at 2:14, can't spell his name i'm afraid
Finnerty vs Bollibruck!
Just interrupting the fight to say Sam Smith seems to be getting regular shift on our 3rd line
Fight was straight from the faceoff, not many punches thrown but Finnerty seemed to land more and got the take down
Other texters saying Finnerty had 1 punch that floored Bollibruck :D
Devils penalty at 2:15, Finnerty 5mins for fighting
Steelers penalty at 2:15, Bollibruck 5mins for fighting
Steelers netminder saves with his face at 2:37
Shot came from Davies, who I think is again playing on the 2nd line
Michel comes very close, Steelers manage a save but pick up another penalty
Steelers penalty at 3:16, Munn 2mins for hooking
Sorry it was Pelle clear on goal, but he got taken down
Davies looking better and better on that 2nd line
Devils fans chanting 'you got battered' :)
Play stopped at 4:24 for a man in the crease
I've tried finding out whether it's 4on3, or 5on4 but no replies yet
Another steelers penalty coming...
Steelers penalty at 4:43, Domish 2mins for boarding
Steelers try to dump the puck behind their own net and almost net an own goal :D
it's 5on3 for 34seconds now
Steelers back to 4 men
Game time - 5:50
Michel nails Globke :D
The Domish nails Davies :(
But it's another Steelers penalty, ooooh yeeeeeah
Steelers penalty at 6:29, Domish 2mins for roughing - texter says he nearly took Davies head off
Devils powerplay looking better than previous games
Steelers starting to look a bit rattled
Devils controlling the puck and creating chances, but can't get that final shot off
Devils passing well and playing well, but not testing Steelers netminder all that much :(
Steelers netminder playing well and keeping them in it so far
Finnerty and Bollibruck return to the game!
Another Steelers penalty...
Steelers penalty at 7:47, Tait 2mins for hooking
Another texting reporting the powerplay is still garbage, not getting it set up :(
Another texter saying the DEvils are only being stopped by Steelers netminder
Steelers kill a penalty but...
Devils score at 8:47! Amazing!
Finnerty nails the puck straight over the netminders shoulder, he didn't even move!
Devils goal at 8:47, Finnerty from Birbraer and Matzka
Sorry, remove the assist from Matzka, it's only been announced as Birbraer providing the assist
Steelers miss an open net as Lyle goes walkabout
Seems our goal was a powerplay goal, yes that's right, a goal, on the powerplay, there's some dark magic at play there i think :D
Devils penalty at 9:02, Finnerty 2mins for holding the stick
Steelers offside at 10:59
Devils kill the penalty and we're back to full strength, wahay :)
Steelers created a lot of chances on that powerplay and it was only 'will power' that kept them from scoring
Darnell not calling a lot of stuff, not sure if that's both teams or just for the Devils...
Lyle makes his first save at 11:33
Macrae through on goal, the shot goes wide but...
One of the Steelers players managed to fall on his own netminder, and the Devils score :D
Devils 2nd goal scored at 12:31, Birbraer from Matzka \o/
Devils gift the puck to Steelers infront of our own net, luckily Lyle makes the save *phew*
Seems to be a little confusion on that second goal, Pelle was involved but not credited an assist, and some people think Matzka scored...
Finnerty shoots, Steelers save but we have handbags, no penalties called though
Devils offside at 15:03
Handbags were timed at 13:40
Confirmed that Birbraer scored the 2nd, an assist to Matzka
Afraid it's gone very quiet again...
Scrub that 2nd goal confirmation, all the details have been changed!
Devils 2nd goal should now read... Scored by Pelle with assists to Birbraer and Matzka
Steelers penalty at 16:53, Dowd 2mins for hooking
Devils getting behind the Steelers defense easily, Steelers taking penalties to stop our forwards
Devils powerplay shambles again, Steelers have created more chances and had more shots than the Devils
I wonder how, or rather why, we fall to pieces with the man advantage
game time - 18:30
Steelers obviously back to full strength now, for how long though?
Into the final minute, Steelers have stepped it up a bit and are creating more chances
Steelers offside at 19:43
And that's the end of the first period, Devils lead 2-0 :)
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Brirbaer playing very well on the 1st line and Macrae doing well on the 3rd line again, Devils controlling the game but possibly only due to the amount of Steelers penalties
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Devils 1st line looking very impressive so far tonight, really clicking and creating a lot of chances, lets hope that continues!
Devils playing as a real unit. D clearing the zone and the lines are clicking.
Puck has been bouncing very funny though, and they are still dry cutting.
Steelers have some of their own coverage running over on http://sshof.co.uk/chat/
Wonder if pimping that will allow me to finally register on SteelTalk? :P
Both teams back out for the 2nd period
And here we go!
What a start...
Hill beats the Steelers netminder easily
Devils 3rd goal at 20:48, Hill from Finnerty
Geordie Howe hat-trick for Finnerty in just 20mins :D
Simon gets a breakaway and Adams takes a penalty to stop the goal
Devils penalty at 22:16, Adams 2mins for cross checking
Lyle makes a save at 22:36
Complaints about the ice starting to surface
Penalty killed, Richardson has a good chance and shot but Steelers make the save
4 goals, 4 goals, 4 goals OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSS
Pelle grabs a 4th, the little man on the 1st lines grabs a 2nd - AMAZING :D
Pelle scored from the face off circle :D
Devils 4th goal at 26:11, Pelle from Matzka :D
Devils penalty at 26:37, Birbraer 2mins for holding
Penalty killed successfully :)
It's gone very quiet again i'm afraid
Lyle playing very well tonight :D
Steelers offside at 29:43
Every Devils line looking dangerous, especially the first :D
Devils 2on1, Finnerty shot is saved
Steelers score :(
Steelers 1st goal at 30:15, Simon - assists to follow
Steelers got breakaway and Sawyer got caught up in the corner :(
Assist for Steelers goal goes to Thomas
Devils took a penalty at time of goal, Adams 2mins for high sticks
PK working well for the Devils
From the game - "steelers look very fast on the transition, but that was the first time we have been caught."
Puck out of play 31:48
Sawyer drops the gloves and goes for Simon!
Adams penalty has been killed, but Sawyer penalty coming up
Simon nailed Sawyer off the play :(
Fight/handbags, Sawyer and Simon
Both go for it, but no real punches thrown at 32:21
Confusion over what penalties are going to be called
Sawyer gets 6mins in penalties
That's a powerplay for 6minutes then :(
Devils penalty at 32:21, Sawyer 2mins for cross checking, 2mins for elbows, 5mins for fighting, 2+10 for instigator - fantastic...
Steelers penalty at 32:21, Simon 5mins for fighting
That's more than an entire period Sawyer will be sitting out :(
Steelers powerplay is 4mins now i think, rather than 6
Darnell trying to think up more penalties for Sawyer to take
Steelers score a 2nd goal, on the powerplay at 33:29 :(
More confusion over the goal, clock says only 1 penalty is ongoing, but everyone is confused
Steelers 2nd goal at 33:29, Legue from Clark and Tait - powerplay goal :(
1min of penalty kill left for Devils
Play stopped for Steelers in crease, 34:36 gone
Devils gain a 2on1, but the shot goes wide :(
Right, seems 1 penalty has finished, but another 2mins has gone up on the clock
Steelers struggling to get into our zone
Michel very very close at 36mins exactly
Steelers score a 3rd, another powerplay goal at 33:16 :(
Adams completely outmatched by Steelers forward, Lyle made the save but rebound hit clark and ended up in the net :(
Steelers 3rd goal at 33:16, Clark from Talbot and Tait - powerplay goal :(
Devils back to full strength, but no idea when this happened
Steelers hit the pipes :(
Texters not hopeful at all that the Devils will hang onto the lead
From someone at the game - "why can't the Devils train dogs? Because they can't hold onto a lead..."
Devils offside at 37:59
Sounds like a dodgy call, Devils through on goal and puck didn't leave Steelers zone
Steelers penalty at 38:22, Legue 2mins for interference
Devils score a 5th, but Darnell washes it out :(
Would have been Pelles hat-trick goal :(
Goal light went on, but then went off immediately so puck may not have crossed the line
Goal was washed out at 39:02
Devils offside at 39:39
And that's the end of the 2nd period, Devils lead 4-3
Both teams emerging for the 3rd period, hopefully DEvils can hold this together :(
And here we go with the 3rd period, lets hope Pelle can get his 3rd *again*
A penalty has been killed, I think maybe it is Sawyers 2nd 2min penalty?
Damnit, a Devils penalty at 40:26, Birbraer 2mins for elbows
That's the 2nd elbowing call of the night for the Devils :(
Birbraers penalty killed, texts slow coming in
Legue celebrated thinking he's scored, but Lyle has the puck in his hand...
Darnell didn't blow the whistle and the light didn't go on, what a chump :D
Birbraer absolutely nails Simon
Not sure of timing for the Legue no goal sorry :(
Plus points, all lines firing. Mcrae and S Smith impressing...
ben looks right on the third.
Both those updates from the game
Puck leaves the ice and ends up in the Sheffield bench at 44:18
Two saves in a row for Steelers, first from Pelle and then from K smith, both from the point and timed at 44:54
Matzka steals the puck in Steelers zone, but shot is straight down the middle and Steelers save again
Finnerty nails Steelers netminder when he's out of the nets
Penalties coming for Hill and Dowd...
Devils penalty at 46:03, Hill 2mins for roughing
Steelers penalty at 46:03, Dowd 2mins for roughing
And Steelers score a 4th :(
Steelers goal on what should have been our powerplay apparently :(
Steelers 4th goal at 46:18, Talbot with the goal, not sure of assists
If it says 4-5 in the score doofer, it's not, refresh the page to get the score right, Talbot skated through the faceoff and beat Lyle :(
Steelers get a 3on2 break, Lyle aves, then Devils get a 2on1 break and it's saved
Penalties over, back to 5on5
"It's like watching Newcastle under Keegan"
From the game - Devils really going for it, and just can't find the net. Some good lyle saves
50minutes gone, hopefully the Devils can find one more goal
Steelers called for icing at 51:30, Sawyer returns from his 21minute penalty...
Well, we're certainly rubbish at defending our lead :(
Play is mainly in the neutral zone at the moment
Devils almost called for delay of game, but lino tells Darnell that the puck hit the plexi on the way out...
Sawyer very lucky to get away with that
Game has died down a bit, neither team seem to be able to get anything going
Nothing happening, lots of missed passes, most play in the neutral zone and lots of loose pucks being covered by each netminder
Simon trying to wind Sawyer up again, lets hope he doesn't snap :(
Steelers penalty at 54:10, Phillips 2mins for hooking
It's gone very quiet again, I suspect that means our powerplay isn't working so great :S
Loose puck in front, Steelers defense stops the Devils from scoring :(
Steelers netminder keeps spilling the puck and Devils are crashing the net trying to get the rebound
Steelers back to full strength :(
Devils keeping the pressure on
Steelers icing at 57:35, but...
SAWYER SCORES THE 5TH!
Sawyer fired a weak shot from the point and it seemed to take a deflection in :D
Devils 5th goal at 57:38, Sawyer from Macrae :D
Into the final 2minutes!
And now we're into the final min!
Steelers pull their netminder!
30seconds to go!
It's magic, the Devils have managed to win!
Sawyer goes from Villain to Hero, cost us 2 goals after fighting Simon but nails the game winning goal :D
Still slightly concerned that we almost lose after holding a 4-0 lead, but makes a nice change to win :)
Steelers man of the match goes to Legue
Devils man of the match goes to Finnerty :)
Right, that's all from me :)
Hopefully everyone enjoyed the coverage :)