A victory against the Fife Flyers on Wednesday night gave the Steelers their fifth win in a row for all competitions. Coming off the back of two impressive victories in Scotland, the Steelers continued their form into this midweek encounter.
Sheffield started the quicker of the two teams forcing Flyers’ netminder, Adam Morrison in to multiple saves early on in the contest.
Carrying over the fine form from last weekend, Steelers took the lead at 04:44 on the power play when Michael Davies slammed the puck home.
A home debut for new signing Mikko Kuukka and the Fin took to the ice for his first shift of the nice to a warm applause from the crowd.
Chances were coming in the favour of Aaron Fox’s side but failed to capitalise, with Brendan Connolly, Nikolai Lemtyugov and Robert Dowd all going close.
Steelers continued their pressure and found themselves with another power play advantage but couldn’t take a two-goal lead into the break.
It would be two-nil however at 23:30, another power play goal this time from the Golden Child, Robert Dowd. He made no mistake in extending the Steelers lead.
Sheffiled continued to keep control of the game, dictating the speed of play and using the puck in the neutral zone effectively to break the Flyers defensive line.
They pushed and pushed and finally cracked the defence for a third time, this time short-handed. With James Bettauer in the box, Tanner Eberle skated through open ice to go one-on-one with Morrisson and backhand the puck home. (28:53)
Fife would however, hit back with a goal of their own at 33:22, a 5on3 power play goal.
This would be the end of the Fife offence, who tested Steelers goalie, Tomas Duba on numerous occassions but he stood tall to deny all other shots that came his way.
In to the third period and Steelers had fully taken a grip of the game.
Penalties were killed, checks were finished and shots were heading towards the Fife goal for the remainder of the game.
It was a professional finish and an entertaining way to secure the 2 points and see out a game in convincing fashion.
Steelers made it 4-1 at 58:28 with Ben O’Connor firing in to the empty net.
Signed. Sealed. Delivered.
Final score: Steelers 4 – 1 Flyers