Match Night Live
Sheffield Steelers 3 - 2 Cardiff Devils

Godd afternoon, OJ back with you in the MNL hutch

We are hoping to bring you some coverage of the Legends game but will be concentrating on the main event.

Legends game FO will be delayed as the Devils team coach is held up in traffic

Will update you when I have more news

Devils Legends team have now arrived

Teams being introduced

Regratably my texters didn't arrive in time to bring us news of the Junior games

Still waiting for the FO in Legends game which is 2 X 20 minute periods

News from Sheffield very scarce

Both Junior Devils teams lost I understand 11-0 - Ouch!!

Its 1-1 in Legends game, Cardiff goal scxored by Vezio Sacratini

Steelers Legends 3 DEVILS LEGENDS 1

At the end of 1st period Steelers Legends 4 DEVILS LEGENDS 1

A good entertaining game by all accounts

Now 6-1 for the Steelers Legends

Not to worry Devils Legends will be strengthened for Sundays games as Steve Moria and Ian Cooper enter the fray

Now 6-3 Devils Legends goals from Vezio and Merve Priest

Wayne Cowley was in net for Sheffield now Ben Bowns

Jason Wood in net for the Devils Legends

Main game face off now 7pm

Final Score - Sheffield Legends 7 DEVILS LEGENDS 3

In case you missed it the face off for the Steelers v Devils game will be at 7pm

Making their debuts for the Devils tonight will be Scott Dobben, Chris Frank, Josh Batch and Jeff Pierce

Debut also for our new captain Stuart Macrae

Warm up underway

DEvils in BLACK and Chris says they look smart

10 minutes of warmup left

We have a mystery Devil wearing #1

All others present & correct

We also have a #2 icing

Probably ENL Devils we shall see

Maybe we can sneak a #9 in and say he is a Junior Devil - same size

Russky says Devils to win in O/T

I doubt if there will be o/T tonight in a friendly

Do we have "Friendlys" with the Steelers?

Warmup over

Steelers retire Tommy Plommer's number before game starts

#1 Luke Piggott: #2 Adam Harding

Coach apparently wants to go with 4 lines

Cheerleader on ice - no players yet

Intro time

Devils take to the ice

Steelers on ice

Ryan Finnerty booed by travelling Devils fans

Close on 100 Devils fans have made the trip to S Yorks


WE WANT HOCKEY its been a long off season so get on with it

Owner PR sat with Poper in Devils block

Anthem time

Andy Carson has the whistle

Welsh Anthem being sung (by fans)

Teams line up K Smith & Frank, Hill Macrae & S Smith

Puck dropped we are away

Steelers start strongly

1 minute gone all Steelers so far

2 minutes gone a fast and feisty game

No atmosphere

Steelers offsade @ 2:17

Correction that was an icing

Esders floors Sam Smith after Devils go close

Steelers penalty @ 3:22 - Wood - hooking

DeCaro save

1 minute of pp gone

We wecolme John Frank from Washington State, he is Chris's uncle

Devils penalty @ 4:51 Frank - high sticks

4 on 4 for 53 secs

Steelers back to full strength

Kill this penalty Devils

Very quiet in Arena, small crowd

Devils kill penalty

Still end to end

Steelers goal @ 7:16 scored by Squires, assists Finnerty & Huttel

Batch nails Phillips in mid ice

Decaro save @ 9:51

Devils icing @ 10:48

Steelers penalty @ 12:02 - Esders - tripping

DeCaro save

1 minute of pp left

Jeff Pierce has impressed Chris S

Give us a pp goal u DEVILS

Steelers back to full strength as Decaro makes another save

Lyle save @ 15:06

Interesting Legue wearing #11 which was retired before game

Devils wander off side @ 15:17

Steelers penalty @ 15:53 - Huttel - interference

Get that pp into overdrive u Devils

Half pp gone, Devils failing to plant someone in DeCaro's face

Steelers back to full strength

Gametime 18:05

Pierce goes close

Final minute of opening period

End of 1st period Steelers 1 DEVILS 0

Reasonable start although Devils guilty of too many turnovers

Where are my usual DEvils fans and all their banter

Ruth were are you? Don't say you are working

Keith in Aberystwyth also missing as is Carl in Llanpumpaint

Nice weather forecasted for the Bank holiday I believe.

Drove through some serios flooding on the way home last night from racing at Ffos Las

Big crowd for Ladies Day at Ffos Las, it was a nightmare to get a bet on as the women didn't have a clue

In case I forget big thanks to Chris S and Nigel D our texters at the Arena

Steelers return to the ice

Off we go for 2nd period

Devils icing @ 20:26

Matzka shot saved @ 21:02

Steelers pernalty @ 21:50 - Stephenson - interference

Lyle save @ 22:25 from sh breakaway

Gametime 23:04

Birbraer shots high & wide

Steelers back to full strength

3 shots none on target says Nigel

Adams & Batch seem to be a D pairing

Steelers icing @ 24:46

Steelers might have a new owner but still the same crap music says Chris

I'm not in to music

Good save by DeCaro @ 26:11

Devils penalty @ 27:03 - Adams - interference

Steelers ppg just 7 secs into pp

Scored by King assists Hewitt & Stephenson @ 27:10

Devils go close around 28 minutes

Steelers penalty @ 28:30 - Huttel - hooking

Matzka goes close but pp not up to scratch

Devils penalty @ 30:04 - Adams - holding stick

Steelers back to full strength

Decaro save @ 30:39

Good save by Lyle @ 30:57

Steelers pp much better than Devils version

Steelers penalty @ 32:13 - Stephenson - slashing

COME ON U DEVILS lets get a goal

Devils now go on pp

Lyle save @ 32:29

Steelers SHG at 34:00 scored by Sarich assist Legue

Steelers return to full strength

Steelers winning battle for every puck

Gametime 35:03

Gametime 37:02

Great glove save by Lyle @ 37:08

Birbraer looks hurt, something off the puck missed by Carson

Decaro save @ 38:19

Devils struggling to get out of their end zone

Final minute of 2nd period

End of 2nd period - Steelers 3 DEVILS 0

Officials back on the ice

John Frank suggests a fight might wake them up

If there was one it would add spice to tomorrows game

Off for the 3rd period

Lyle save @ 40:54

We must remember that some of these players have only been here a few days.

DeCaro save @ 41:55

Finnerty nails Ben Davies

Another Decaro save @ 42:32

Sweaters are being changed by the Devils #12 now appears

Lyle save @ 44:58

Steelers icing @ 45:32

Steelers icing @ 45:54

Mobile batteries is a problem on a long day like this

Devils bench monir @ 47:17 - too many men

Sam Smith sits penalty

49 minutes gone

Quiet in Arena

Devils back to full strength


Devils goal @ 49:48 scored by Pierce assists Birbraer & Matzka

Puck out of play @ 50:34

Steelers creep offside @ 50:49

Gametime 53:01

End to end but not the pace of 1st or 2nd periods

Birbraer floors Finnerty midice

Devils icing @ 53:35

Steelers fans unhappy about the hit on their player coach

Voth is floored

55 minutes gone

Chris S remains impreesed by new Devils jerseys


Scored at 55:26 by K Smith assists Birbraer & Pierce

Steelers penalty @ 55:40 - Finnerty - slashing




I mustn't shout

Devils offside @ 56:53

Steelers return to full strength

Final 2 minutes

Good save Lyle

Final minute

30 secs left

Lyle pulled

Final score Steelers 3 DEVILS 2


Steelers MoM - MIKE RAMSAY

Big tyhank you to our texters Chris & Nigel D at Sheffield

Thats all from me (OJ). If you are not going to the game on Sunday then join me here at MNL