Doug chalks up his first win

Triallist Milan Canky
Triallist Milan Canky
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Sheffield Steelers pulled off a remarkable victory over crack Slovenian champions Olimpija Ljubljana last night - their first win in the Doug Christiansen era.

Aaron Nell scored on the Power Play in this pre-season friendly in Hungary before Sheffield fell behind.

Defenceman Drew Fata ensured the game went to penalty shots, in which Frank Doyle made the decisive save.

To beat Olimpija at any time is a coup - but Sheffield were without injured quartet Rob Dowd, Steve Goertzen, Dustin

Kohn and Chad Langlais.

Christiansen said: “We deserved to win and I am very pleased and proud of the achievements of the weekend.

“We dominated large portions of the game and our tiredness after the three matches in three nights can be excused.

“The players worked hard and showed great character.

“There is a lot to build on but the comraderie of so many new faces (including 10 new imports) was the most important factor.”

Slovakian forward Milan Canky, 23, played all three weekend games, as a triallist, but there is no suggestion, at this stage, that he will be signed for the 2013-14 campaign.

Observers said players like Canadian defenceman Gord Baldwin were a big hit during the series, which saw Sheffield outgunned 5-0 by HC Ambri-Piotta (Switzerland) on Saturday and were narrowly edged out 4-2 (including an empty netter) y, by FHC Kosice (Slovakia.)

Steelers are not going into specifics about the nature of their injuries, with the Elite League starting this coming

weekend. But it is likely most of the four will play at Coventry on Saturday and then host Nottingham Panthers 24

hours later.