First period – The puck drops and unfortunately 5 seconds later it’s in the back of the Nottingham net, scored for Sheffield by Jodie Leigh Bloom. Sheffield also received the first penalty of the game, for roughing. After the initial set back Vipers started to play more controlled hockey which led to a Viper’s goal at 5:01, a power play goal scored by Emma Wilkinson. The game continued with Vipers pushing forward until at 14:45 Sheffield scored their second goal and then a third goal at 18:07; both goals involving Sheffield’s premier players. The period ended 3-1 to Sheffield.
Second period – Good work by Vipers at the start of the period with a good chance missed by Nat. At 5:07 Sheffield’s Jessica Holgate was thrown out for fighting with more penalties going Sheffield’s way, but Vipers failed to make the 5 on 3 count. The period continued with Vipers trying hard and playing some good hockey but goals at 33:11, 35:30, 36:43 and 39:23 left Vipers trailing 7-1 at the break.
Third period – Vipers started the period brightly with good chances being missed by Julia and Cookie. Vipers then received another setback with another goal for Sheffield at 42:48 again involving premier players. More spirited play by Vipers and nice work created a 1 on 1 chance for Julia. Sheffield then killed the game off totally with another goal at 58:39. Sheffield won the game 9-1. Hopefully Viper’s will have learned lessons and will be able to take revenge in their next meeting.