Scott Neil believes Sheffield Steelers are on to a winner.
The Edinburgh Capitals owner saw his side slip to a 6-2 defeat at iceSheffield last night and complimented Gerad Adams’ squad on their improvements.
“They are a lot stronger than other Sheffield teams over the last few years. They have a lot of depth and guys who are comfortable on the puck. They look good,” said the former Steelers wing.
Edinburgh who lost 5-2 on Tuesday to Nottingham Panthers had just one regulation time win in seven games going into last night’s League clash.
Caps’ goalie Tomas Hiadlovsky was always going to be under siege against such a potent South Yorkshire line-up.
The Slovakian netminder had a charmed life when Mathieu Roy and Jay Latulippe both missed chances, but he was party responsible for his own downfall with two big rebounds which were gobbled up by Colton Fretter and Rod Sarich.
Jason Hewitt was a real live-wire, as usual, and could have had a couple, as could Sarich, stars in the Steelers shooting galllery.
Caps had nothing going offensively until the 11th minute when Callum Boyd brought the best out of Frank Doyle.
But Hiadlovsky had gathered his composure and did well to repell no fewer than 18 shots before the first break.
Latullippe, not the luckiest goal-poacher in hockey, was thwarted in the 23rd minute by Hiadlovsky, and the keeper smartly caught two Cullen Eddy efforts too.
Caps had more about them in the middle period, Rene Jarolin slamming the puck against Sheffield’s post.
The Scots deservedly halved their deficit through Jade Portwood, reflecting their growing influence on the game. Ande Jarolin converted too.
However, it was a false hope for Neil’s club, with Tylor Mosienko and Michael Forney each scoring in two devastating minutes.
The hard-working Fretter added his second at 44;40 to pile on the misery for the next to bottom Caps before sealing his-hat trick on the Power Play.
See what Gerad Adams has to say about his top line, in tomorrow’s Star.