Panthers hold out for 47 minutes to win 5-2

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First ice hockey game.
Four nil to GMB Nottingham Panthers against Sheffield Steelers after 12 minutes seems very one-sided.
4-1 after second half.
Panthers been concentrating on keeping players between the ball and the goal.
Nottingham’s goalkeeper has had less to save but has stopped a number of daisy-cutters.

Went on a last minute whim when I heard the end of season cup quarter-final against rivals from Sheffield was not sold out – I suspect cos of late organisation.
4-0 after 12 minutes completely threw me – it was like easy when no-one suggested it would be.   Lots of noise.
Then it was kind of 47 and 3/4 minutes Steelers moving it around and GMB Panthers defending – and only conceding when they were one player down.
BTW, always referred to as the GMB Panthers – which is great.
A lot less violent than I was led to believe.
The woman next to me had predicted dirty tricks in the second half and outright violence in the third, but, really it was more like tea and cucumber sandwiches from the 1930s.  Indeed, “what’s happened, have they changed the rules?”, and “it’s like Celebrity on Ice!”
A player’s inability to control stands out much more than in football.
Then with 15 seconds to go, a charge up the wing, a hook back and a smash in on the angle from the other side and it was 5-2 – quite a finale.
No surprise that player of the match went to the goalkeeper.  Now GMB Panthers have to hold out with their three goal lead in Sheffield in the second leg.
And thanks to colleagues for biting on the football terminology used above.

For a proper write-up, check out the Nottingham Post.

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