The Grosvenor Casino Sheffield Knights overcame the Shaw Millionaires in an eleven goal thriller at the Skate Central rink in Sheffield on Saturday to lift the inaugural transpennine cup.
A final score of 9-2 in favour of the home side would see them lift the first trophy in their history.
The Goal scoring was opened by Zack Brown assisted by James Hague just 4 minutes into the game, and from that point the Knights looked to be in control of the game adding another through Vlastimil Loukota, Player-Coach Daniel Plant struck to extend the advantage to 3-0 and just a minute later Ash Rose added his first of the game to send the Knights into the first period break leading 4-0.
Shaw were never going to go down without a fight and they came out the second period with a commendable intensity but Zack Brown added his second of the night early in the second period. Followed by Rose’s second to extend the lead. Plant struck again and Brown completed his hat trick at the end of the second period.
Coach Plant took the opportunity of and 8 goal lead to blood his débutantes and gave his third and fourth line more ice time. The third line of Ollie Beck, Tom Wright and Richard Cartwright shut down the opposition solidly all game and when given their chance could almost of added more goals across the period.
Débutante Wayne Newman had a fantastic defensive game and closed down the opposition well. However it was to be Shaw who won the final period of the game with a brace from seasoned player Adam Corlett who had been a threat all night.
Zack Brown split the two Corlett goals with one of his own to take his total for the night to four and the final score a resounding 9-2 victory for the Sheffield Knights.
As the celebrations ensued General Manager for G Casino Sheffield, Ian Turver presented the trophy to a delighted Captain James Thompson.
After the final whistle Head Coach Daniel Plant said:
“It was a fantastic performance from the lads. We brought a work ethic that we have shown all year and it really helped us close down the game. We have to give credit to Shaw as well, they came to the game and battled hard and never gave up, they have been brilliant all season and I would like to thank them for the series.”
Chairman Daniel Croskell added:
“It been a great success, the relationship between the two teams has been great and will only get better. There has been an agreement between both teams to play again next year for a fantastic cup.”
On Sunday the Knights travelled to Clifton, Nottingham where they beat the Clifton Cobras 14-1 to put themselves one league point away from the league title.