Sheffield Steelkings won their first home game of the season to go top of the British Para Ice Hockey league with a resounding 9-2 victory over the Peterborough Phantoms on Sunday.
In front of a crowd of around 300 people at IceSheffield Matt Clarkson tallied a huge six goals and club Chairman Jake Oakley notched a hat-trick of his own.
Clarkson struck inside the opening minute but the Phantoms took advantage of Sheffield’s inability to clear their lines as Callum Shakespeare tied things up at 03:19.
Being pegged back gave Sheffield an extra impetus and they raced into a 5-1 lead by the end of the first period with Clarkson completing his first hat-trick and Oakley getting two as the Steelkings seldom allowed the Phantoms out of their own zone.
Clarkson struck again just over a minute after the start of the second period, but a defensive mix-up allowed Scotty Trigg-Turner to pull another one back for Peterborough inside three minutes.
Under the league points scoring system there is a bonus point for winning each period and half a point for a tied frame. The Phantoms showed a lot of resiliency but Oakley completed his hat-trick with five minutes of the period left, earning Sheffield the whole bonus point on offer as they won the period 2-1.
The Steelkings put on a lot of pressure in the third period but again the Phantoms took some breaking down before two more Matt Clarkson strikes secured an emphatic win.
“I am so so proud of everyone tonight,” said Oakley. “It was a great team performance and we had a wonderful crowd to cheer us on and to go top of the table is incredible.”