Sheffield Steelers gave departing forward, Eric Meland, the perfect send-off on Sunday afternoon after six unanswered goals overpowered the Glasgow Clan.
After the trip to Belfast on Friday, head coach Aaron Fox was pleased to have Ben O’Connor and Marco Vallerand come through the game healthy.
Janne Kolehmainen would miss out the game on Sunday afternoon as a precaution.
Early doors and the Steelers found themselves in a spot of bother, Aaron Brocklehurst and Tanner Eberle both in the box to give the visiting Clan side an early 5on3 power play.
The Steelers began to kill the penalty in a very aggressive style and by doing so forced the Clan into an error that saw Jonathan Phillips breakaway shorthanded.
Captain fantastic stole the puck on the Steelers blue line and skated through on Killeen before firing home past the goalie to give Aaron Fox’s side the advantage.
However, less than two minutes later after successfully killing both the penalties, the Clan equalised through Scott Tanski who had time and space to bury his one-timer past Tomas Duba (06:44).
Each team had the chance on the power play once more before the end of the opening twenty minutes, but neither side could take their opportunities.
Although just seconds after Davey Phillips stepped out of the penalty box, Mathieu Roy re-directed a shot past Duba to make it a 1-2 scoreline (16:03).
Glasgow was to double their lead five minutes into the second period (25:23) after creating the better chances following the first interval.
Jordan Heywood would shoot high over the glove of Duba from inside the slot and the visiting purple army were much the happier supporters.
Sheffield needed an injection of life not only into the team but also the Arena and who better to do so than the Birthday boy himself, Tanner Eberle.
Driving to the net, Eberle deked his way around Killeen a poked the puck into the goal (29:08).
A timely goal from Tanner helped to lift the bench and the Steelers would find themselves on the front foot for the remainder of period two.
Chances fell to Anthony DeLuca and Nikolai Lemtyugov but neither could draw the teams level, that was until Lucas Sandstrom was found in plenty of space at the back post to score the Steelers third.
Phillips and Meland had done well to keep the play alive in the Clan zone and the cross-crease pass found Sandstrom all alone with an empty goal to shoot into (35:55).
With the score tied at 3, Steelers headed to the power play at 37:26, Scott Pitt called for hooking.
A first power-play goal on the night would follow when Aaron Brocklehurst hit a slap-pass perfectly onto the stick of Brendan Connolly who tipped past Killeen. (4:3 at 37:2)
In what was a close-fought game, neither side looked to have a firm grip on the tie. That was until Michael Davies picked up his first of the night, somewhat a relief after the #19 hit the post on an empty net early in period 1.
Davies who had worked hard all night for a goal made no mistake with his second chance and at 5-3, Sheffield were slowly taking control.
The goal of the night came courtesy of Marco Vallerand on the power play, as Davies circled up to the blue line, his pass to Brocklehurst was expertly dummied, straight onto the stick of Vallerand, who let a missile fly past Killeen (50:59).
Things were signed, sealed and delivered when Connolly netted for the second time on the night, a slick defensive play from Ben O’Connor to break up a 2on 1 breakaway sent things in the other direction.
Vallerand with the shot, Connolly with the pass and the 7-3 final scoreline was completed. Things got a little heated through the final period with various exchanges between the benches but nothing more than exchanging pleasantries.
Final score: Steelers 7-3 Clan
Tanner Eberle(Armstrong, Phillips)29:08
Lucas Sandström(Phillips, Meland)35:55
Brendan Connolly(Brocklehurst, Davies)37:52PPG
Marc-Olivier Vallerand(Davies, Brocklehurst)50:59PPG
Brendan Connolly(Vallerand, O’Connor)58:15