Graft brings reward for Steelers

Steelers' Phil Hill scored against his old club Cardiff

Steelers' Phil Hill scored against his old club Cardiff

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Steelers helped themselves to a three-point weekend after long-distance trips to Glasgow and South Wales.

Last night, they took Cardiff to penalty shots, before succumbing to eventual defeat - leaving at least with a regulation time point in hand.

Last night, they took Cardiff to penalty shots, before succumbing to eventual defeat - leaving at least with a regulation time point in hand. Tyson Marsh got the Cardiff winner.

After a gruelling weekend, coach Doug Christiansen can be pleased with performance levels. But his team remain 14 points behind leaders Belfast.

Last night, Cardiff, who had been humiliated 9-2 by Nottingham Panthers the previous evening, set off in high tempo and stormed into the lead in four minutes, Ben Davies scoring.

But the young Welsh winger went from hero to villain. He took a cross checking minor and Rob Sirianni, who posted a hat-trick against Devils back in October, levelled at 14.15.

Steelers, who were without injured Steve Goertzen, had import Max Lacroix back in the starting line up. But a goal made and scored by Welsh players put the visitors -rather than Devils - ahead at 31.01.

Again, on a power play, with Mark Smith in the box, Sheffield Phil Hill scored from another former Devil, Jonathan Phillips.

Rob Dowd, who has netted four times against Cardiff this season. took a minor and Devils levelled via Jake Morrisette at 34:47. Four minutes later, Devils thought they’d seized ownership of the game, Mark Smith putting them ahead. But only till Chad Langlais equalised, again on the PP.

n Former Steelers coach Ryan Finnerty was unhappy with a Sheffielder after his Braehead side lost to his old club on Saturday.

But it wasn’t an opposing Steelers player that caught his anger - it was one of his own, Sheffield-born Matt Towe.

Finnerty depends on the 25-year-old former Scimitars forward and his linemates to be a solidly defensive checking line. But Towe and co were outmanouvered when Stefan Meyer scored the winner in Glasgow.

Finnerty said: “I was unhappy with the Towe line. We rely on them as a defensive line and they were minus-two. We cannot afford to have them in the minus, their role is to be even or better. They were as gutted as I am.”

Finnerty said the momentum of two Steeler wins over Nottingham over Christmas had helped the visitors, who were showing their season’s best form.

Drew Fata had put Steelers ahead on the PP (10;51,) Jonathan Phillips making it two on 33:38. Ash Goldie and Joe Cullen led Clan’s fightback, but Meyer ensured Steelers’ first win over them.

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