TITLE-CHASING Sheffield Steelers recorded their 36th Elite League win in 44 games last night, moving six points clear at the top of the table
Ben Simon’s men, looking to extend their lead at the top of the table, enjoyed a 3-1 lead early on but never-say-die Clan battled back.
The Scots, who shocked Steelers 4-0 earlier this season, were stung early on when Neil Clark netted after build-up play from Derek Campbell and Kevin Bolibruck on the power play after just four minutes.
Steelers seemed fresh despite the long bus trip yet were ahead for only four minutes. Jordan Krestanovich levelled with Matt Haywood and Bobby Chaumont involved in the play. The sides were deadlocked at the end of the opening session and it took Sheffield seven minutes to score their second in the middle period.
Steven Munn counted shorthanded to silence the home crowd who were rocked by a third goal just over a minute later.
Player/coach Simon was on the mark from a pass by Mark Thomas in the 29th minute to make the score 3-1. Sixth-placed Clan, who have already qualified for the play-offs, refused to buckle and battled their way back.
Kyle Bruce found the net with Bruce Richardson, Braehead’s player/coach and Dominic Noel, providing the ammunition.
The scoreline stayed the same until Jason Hewitt provided a two-goal cushion with a strike 1min 48 seconds into the final session. Campbell was the provider.
Clan, who whipped former league leaders Cardiff Devils 7-1 in their last home game on Friday, and earned a point in a penalty shot defeat on Sunday at Nottingham, were unable to break Steelers down in the final stages.