Another fine Moose you’ve got us into!

Ervins Mustukovs

Ervins Mustukovs

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Ervins Mustukovs must have wished the ice had melted and swallowed him up.

A harmless puck, punted up the ice by a harassed defenceman Sam McCluskey from his own zone, slithered rink length and somehow crept past Sheffield Steelers’ Latvian goalie.

For a brief spell the blooper sent the Elite League’s top performing netminder from hero to zero.

Fortunately, the one-in-a-million goal from Dundee Stars’ ecstatic blue-liner - his first of the season – didn’t stop Sheffield going on to claim two more championship points.

And if they win again tonight at home against Hull Stingrays, Sheffield will need only four more wins, maximum, to lift the league title.

Mustukovs said: “I had been waiting for that kind of goal. When you play 50 games or so you know some day it will come. It was just one of those goals where I was sure that I was going to make the save but it went in!”

Teammate Steve Munn said a freak goal would never undermine the side’s view of ‘The Moose’.

“That sort of thing happens at least once a year,” he said. “ We are not worried about it. It happens in the NHL every year.

“The puck is skipping, you don’t know what it’s going to do when it hits the ice and the ice hasn’t been great here. Now we can have a few laughs about it – but at the time we didn’t say much other than give him the odd tap.

“He likes to have a lot of silence around him and we like to keep it that way. He is the last guy we are worried about.”

Referring to tonight’s Hull opponents, the Canadian said: “They are a club that have given us some problems, but it is coming down to crunch time and every time you have a chance to grab two points you have to do that. Guys realise that and it will be all business tonight.”

Sheffield hope tonight’s game will see the club break the 40-win league barrier. They have lost only eight games so far.

Closest rivals Belfast Giants should get a win at Edinburgh Capitals but third place Cardiff Devils face a tougher tie at Braehead Clan.

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