Tomas Petruska got Sheffield Steelers off to a lightning start tonight.
He buried the puck at 1;36 after a move featuring linemates Mike Forney and Mathieu Roy to give Steelers a 1-0 advantage over Edinburgh Capitals at iceSheffield.
Petruska has been something of a revelation since joining the club and his early strike was what team-mate Mark Thomas had said they’d wanted.
The Scots’ difficult start was compounded to an injury to Sean Beattie, who seemed to hurt his knee in a hit by Darrell Hay and was helped off.
But the visitors drew level when Dennis Rix slotted under Josh Unice at 3;20, although the parity lasted only until Rob Dowd responded with a strike at 4;53.
Hockey can be full of surprises, and Roy’s cross appeared to connect with Caps’ goalie stick and ended in the net for 3-1 at 13;15.
And that was the way it stayed at the first hooter.
Jeff Legue joined the party in the second session, making it 4-1 after supply work from Colton Fretter and Tyler Mosienko.
But the Scots are no pushover and in 25-year-old Canadian Rix, they have a fine player.
He drew his team back into it with his second of the night at 35;04.
But the game was seemingly put out of their reach with 11 minutes remaining when Roy converted for the second time.
But it was 5-3 with six minutes remaining. Jade Portwood again breached the home defence.
An unusual match - and one which coach Gerad Adams will doubtless study on video this week, seeking to plug the gaps.