Sheffield Steelers 5-3 Edinburgh Capitals (final score)

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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.