The old boys came back to haunt the Steelers on Saturday evening, both Eric Neiley and Andreas Valdix scored against their former team as the MK Lightning took both points in a 3-2 road win in Sheffield.
The building was full with over 9,300 in attendance. The atmosphere was electric as 16 new players were introduced the crowd.
It was however the old Steelers that stole the show in the opening period.
First Andreas Valdix opened the scoring – just 11 minutes in to the first period.
Eric Neiley then doubled the Lightnings’ advantage at 13.39 with Tm Wallace assisting.
21 Seconds later and the Steelers were on the board, Arran Johnson firing home for a 2-1 score line at the break.
James Griffin hit captain Jonathan Phillips with a hit to the head, Chris Lawrence stepped in with both players receiving 2 + 10 and fighting majors.
Steelers were on top, outshooting their opponents and creating quality scoring chances, the puck just wouldn’t fall kindly.
An individual effort from Justin Buzzeo did the job though levelling the score at 31.15
Steelers killed a Jiri Gula penalty and still had the momentum as they looked to take the lead.
It was however the Lightning that struck just 75 seconds before the second break when Huovinen struck (2-3)
It was a scoreless and frustrating final period with the Steelers having the majority of the play but failing to convert several excellent chances.
A disappointing night that started so well for the Steelers – they travel to Milton Keynes on Sunday for the return fixture.