Derby win joy for Sheffield Steelers

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As song lyrics go, it’s probably not the wittiest or most complex chant sports fans have come up with.

“Ed-dee...Ed-dee” rings out whenever defenceman Cullen Eddy goes to work at Sheffield Arena.

Steelers' bearded battler Mathieu Roycelebrates against Nottingham Panthers

Steelers' bearded battler Mathieu Roycelebrates against Nottingham Panthers

There is also a slightly tacky “I’m horny...horny, horny, horny” for Michael Forney (courtesy of Mousse T. 1998)

But what Steelers fans really need now is a musical accompaniment for a third new import, French Canadian Mathieu Roy. He is the heartbeat of his team - whenever he is on the ice, others play well.

Maybe “Oooh aaah... Mathieu Roy” - a Cantonesque version of the French national anthem (Roy is pronounced a little like Waah in his native Quebec - so fans here will just about get away with it.)

On Saturday, ‘Waah’ played his first game as an assistant captain for Steelers. The bearded battler repaid them with the game-winning goal and two assists.

His contributions alone were enough to put the smile back on the face of owner Tony Smith, who had rated the last Arena performance as “mediorce, second rate and below par.” What better way to bounce back than beat your biggest rivals?

October is a busy month for Steelers including seven home games. Home points are vital as November’s 11 games feature just four in Sheffield.

In the first period the side was strangely short of offensive ideas. They went behind on a five-on-three penalty, David Clarke measuring a low left hander past Frank Doyle.

Bryan Schmidt’s deflection could have made it two, but Sheffield got back in it on 12;45.

Forney found himself space outside the Panthers goal and he punished the defensive lapse.

Jay Latulippe thought he’d got a second,but it was ruled out. Forney skated straight through the heart of the white shirted ranks to force a save. Then Colton Fretter spanked the puck against the post.

It was a near escape for the visitors, but they again left their goaltender without cover, Fretter knocking home for 2-1.

Nathan Robinson continued to lead Notts’ creative edge, but the game seemed to have shifted to Sheffield, for whom Tyler Mosienko was equally busy. ‘Waah’ appeared to put the game out of Panthers’ reach when he deflected a slap shot home for 3-1.

But it became edgy when Jason Hewitt raid broke down, Panthers broke and Clarke grabbed his second.

Thankfully Mosienko’s empty net goal with 12 seconds left put the issue beyond doubt.

Coach Gerad Adams said: “Any time Sheffield beat Nottingham its a proud moment. There are a few areas we addressed through the week and we really improved.”

* Rob Dowd will miss next weekend’s action. Contrary to earlier suggestions he has fractured his wrist. He said: “I got slashed against Cardiff (Sept 27) but thought it would be ok and strapped it up for the next match. But it turns out some ligament has come off and taken a chunk of bone with it.”

RESULTS

Sunday 5th October 2014

Elite League

Coventry Blaze 3 Braehead Clan 2

Hull Stingrays 2 Dundee Stars 5

Challenge Cup Group A

Edinburgh Capitals 1 Fife Flyers 2 (PS)