This Saturday, 28th November your Sheffield Spartans are back in action at Ice Sheffield taking on local rivals Sutton Sting facing off at 2.15pm. In what are usually exciting encounters both teams will go into the game with confidence high. Sutton overcame Sheffield Senators last Saturday for a much needed win whilst Spartans bagged their first win in Solway when defeating the Sharks 5-1.
After an impressive victory over Whitley Warriors, Spartans made the journey north to Dumfries in good spirit which transferred onto the ice to claim a deserved victory against credible opposition in what was a great game of hockey to watch.
In an end to end first period with both teams creating good chances it was Marc Fowley for Sharks to break the deadlock, assisted Juraj Senko timed 18.53. It came at a critical point as Spartans had been enjoying a good spell of possession so it was no real surprise when Maros Stefanco showed some great individual skill to tie at 1-1 on 19.31, assisted Nick Manning & Chris Wilcox.
Spartans were the more dominant side in the second period both offensively and defensively to storm into a 4-1 lead. It wasn’t all straight forward as Sharks produced some excellent chances which Brandon Stones was equal to but uncharacteristic errors handed the initiative to Spartans who looked more composed on the puck in key areas and at critical points of the game. Nick Manning got his stick to a great shot from Dave Pyatt with a further assist to Scott Morris on 21.23 to take the lead. Two well worked goals undid Sharks; the first from Ollie Barron assisted Nick Manning & Maros Stefanco on 28.16, thee second from Stuart Brittle timed 34.34, assisted Shaun Wild & Ollie Barron.
Even though 4-1 up going into the final period, Spartans had to be on their game, as expected, Sharks tried to battle their way back into the game but a combination of solid defending and netminding with a touch of bad fortune there was no immediate change to the score. Even though Sharks had created more chances Spartans were unfortunate themselves not to extend their lead but as the game became a little scrappy with a couple of strange calls made and some that weren’t adding to that but it seemed to suit Spartans a bit more than it did Sharks. However, Spartans made the game safe when Shaun Wild popped one in on the powerplay from Ollie Barron & Stuart Brittle on 51.36 from which they played some sensible hockey to see the game out despite a continued effort from Sharks who battled to the end. However their efforts were in vain as Spartans claimed a morale boosting win with an impressive all round team performance in which every player played their part. Brandon Stones got the nod for Spartans man of the match in what was an enjoyable game of hockey.
Spartans are at last playing nearer to their full potential and will be confident of overcoming Sutton Sting on Saturday but they won’t be taking anything for granted as form sometimes goes out of the window in these games. It promises to be an intriguing clash at least so why not pop along and see for yourself. Face off is 3.45pm and it is a Spartans home game so usual Sheffield Academy discounts apply.