Bottom of the League, Dundee handed Sheffield an icy reality check last night.
Steelers, who had won ten out of their last 11 games and had hammered Edinburgh the evening before, lost out to a team with a smaller roster but more guts on the night.
Stars had lost 6-3 at Sheffield in October and were shut out 3-0 in the Challenge Cup on Saturday. Yet they were two up in seven minutes, wingers Martin Cingel and John Dolan beating Sheffield goalie Frank Doyle.
Jay Latulippe hit the post before Mathieu Roy and his linemates dragged Steelers back into it at 13;06, which was the least they deserved after outshooting the Scots 23-8.
An equaliser seemed inevitable and not surprisingly it came from Roy, who got round the goalie to convert, at 24:31.
But Dundee took advantage of a power play to go ahead again, at 32:21, Ukrainian winger Igor Gongalsky getting the crucial touch with Jason Hewitt in the box.
Hewitt then struck an upright; the fans must have found it almost impossible to predict an end scoreline at this point.
Former Steeler Jeff Hutchins had the answer though catching visitors cold with a wrist shot at the start of the third period (4-2.)
Stars goalie Marc Cheverie was put under late pressure, but he and his defence defiantly held out to throw the form book out the window.
n Six different Steelers forwards got on the score sheet on Saturday as the club annihalated a Capitals side, who had managed to restrain their offensive might for two periods.
But a 7-0 final period rang up a result which doesn’t do the Elite League brand any favours.
You can only beat the teams in front of you, however.
And while it was a tight 3-2 first period in Sheffield’s favour, and a goalless middle period, the visitors ran away with it at the end, two goals coming short-handed.
Rob Dowd, back from wrist injury, scored the opener, which was cancelled out by Rene Jarolin.
Latulippe and Roy made it 3-1, but it was still close with Dennis Rix getting one back for Caps.
In 14 minutes of the final session, Michael Forney, Colton Fretter, Tyler Mosienko scored, along with one more for Dowd and Latulippe and two for hat-trick man Roy.