SHEFFIELD Steelers had no shortage of reasons to put on a good show at a sold-out iceSheffield tonight, against Edinburgh Capitals. But the occasion fell flat on its face.
The League title is a lost cause, so sights are trained on a place in the Challenge Cup and Play Off finals.
In which case, a run of form similar to that enjoyed before losing two key matches last weekend was called for.
Yet Steelers, without shoulder-injury victim Steve Goertzen, were unconvincing this evening, losing out eventually on penalty shots
Steelers had taken the lead on the game’s first power play, Tylor Michel lashing the puck in from wide left.
But John DeCaro had to be active to keep the lead in the first period.
With Jason Hewitt in the penalty box, Caps got a lucky 24th min equaliser, Peter Helcko shooting in off Mark Thomas.
At the half way point Richard Hartmann converted from a great pass to put Caps ahead.
But Jeff Legue top-shelfed a big rebound for 2-2; making him the third highest scorer in Steelers’ history.
Sheffield tried to dominate physically, but it remained equal at the second interval.
No side could get the winning touch, so it went to penalties.
Brent Patry scored the winner, after Legue hit the post.
A poor preparation for Tuesday’s Challenge cup semi-final second leg.