GRAHAM & WALLER ON TARGET AS STEELERS REACH FINAL

British youngsters Alex Graham and Josh Waller were on target as Sheffield Steelers booked their place in the Elite Series playoff finals with an 8-3 victory over Manchester Storm in the second leg.

It secured a 13-7 aggregate success for the Steelers and they will now meet Nottingham Panthers in the best-of-three final, which gets under way on Saturday.

Adrian Saxrud Danielsen (3:15) and Graham (9:52) gave Steelers a great start, while Tanner Eberle made it 3-0 on the powerplay (17:28).

Scott Simmonds’ powerplay marker closed the gap (22:36), but goals from Sondre Olden (27:16) and Waller (31:11) ensured Sheffield were in control at the second intermission.

Tyson Fawcett scored with the man advantage as the Storm grabbed the first goal of the third period (48:31), before Eberle netted short-handed (50:03) for his second of the night.

Fawcett was on target again at 52:00 but Sheffield scored through Olden on the powerplay 47 seconds later (52:47) and Jeremy Beaudry fired in their eighth at 54:14.

Four teams – Coventry Blaze, Manchester Storm, Nottingham Panthers and Sheffield Steelers – are competing in the 2021 Elite Series at the National Ice Centre.

The event has been organised under the government’s Elite Sport Guidance, with regular testing and a full covid-19 protocol in place.

The tournament – supported by Ice Hockey UK – is forming part of Great Britain’s preparations for the upcoming World Championship in Latvia.

All games are available to watch on a live stream – click here for more details and to purchase the webcasts.

Photo credit: Dean Woolley.