The Sheffield Lancers hit the rink for their first league game of the new year, against the Shaw Millionaires. This was a game that was fated to be a difficult matchup for the Lancers, with the Millionaires sitting high at the top of the table. Kevin Furniss faced his debut game for the club, and three Kingston Royals players, Dan Plant, Harry Dunn and Liam Plater made their Sheffield Lancers debut, after a transfer deadline agreement was made to give some Kingston players must needed league experience.
The game saw a very early start for Shaw, who found their way onto the scoresheet just 33 seconds into the game, through Tyler Hargrave. The Lancers, not phased by the early goal, continued to battle and saw the period end at 2-0.
The second period started in a similar way to the first with an early Shaw goal, scored after 1 minute 20 by Michael Walsh. Again, this did not deter the Lancers who fought hard against the top of the table team, creating some good scoring chances through Jack Dale, Ash Bolland and Dan Plant. This period was to see two more goals, both on the away side of the scoreboard, and ended 5-0 to the Millionaires.
Moral was still high come the start of the third period, despite battered and bruised bodies. Shaw found a way to break onto the scoreboard again at 3:13 in the period, and scored 5 quick fire goals in 2 and a half minutes, leading Lancers coach, David Grant, to call a timeout. The Lancers came out of the gate quick after the time out, and tested the Shaw netminder Dean Colasurdo numerous times. It was still not to be for the Lancers as Steven Daly scored an eleventh goal for the away team, followed by a net busting snipe from Michael Walsh, to put them up 12-0.
The Lancers showed some fantastic character, and still continued to test the Millionaires defence and goaltending, as the period came to a close. In the closing two minutes of the game, a stretch pass from Harry Dunn found Dan Plant who broke through the offensive zone and found the back of the net. Not a minute later, some nice passing work between Dunn and Plant, led to a good shooting opportunity for Dunn, who capitalised and put the Lancers on the score sheet for the second time.
The game came to a close with a scoreline of 12-2 in the Millionaires’ favour. The Shaw man of the match was awarded to Tyler Hargrave who achieved a hat trick. The Lancers man of the match was awarded to net minder Richard Cartwright, who made numerous jaw dropping saves throughout the game.
Head coach David Grant was full of praise for the visiting team, but was impressed with the effort his Lancers side had given “There is a reason why Shaw are at the top of this division, and it showed in full today, playing like that they will test the very best in the Central Conference and congratulations on their victory
Saying that, I was more than impressed with the effort shown by the Lancers today, even when the scoreboard looked more and more bleak, their efforts never slowed down and I have to congratulate them on the way they never gave up.
We have 4 more games in the season, and if we can continue to apply themselves effort wise in the remaining games, we will give themselves the best platform to give ourselves a chance of getting results that will keep us up in Division 2”
The next club fixture sees a mixture of Lancers and Knights players head up to Gateshead on Friday 17th to represent the club at the Fantastic Fours tournament over the weekend.