Three forwards were missing from action for Sheffield Steelers as the club returned to Elite League action tonight - but a middle and last period offensive blitz put them in charge.
Winger Pascal Morency has yet to even skate since suffering a concussion injury and he remains on the sidelines along with Rob Dowd (wrist) and the suspended Colton Fretter, for the Arena game against basement side, Dundee Stars.
The South Yorskhire side took to the ice with the praise of owner Tony Smith behind them: he said they had made Coventry Blaze “decidedly average” in their last home game.
Stars though were looking for a positive result after losing their last five games and they went ahead after just 22 seconds, courtesy of John Mitchell after he and his linemates pressed around the crease.
While Rod Sarich equalised a minute later, Stars continued to cause problems, Rob Ricci making it 2-1 for the visitors, a scoreline which remained intact until the first interval.
Steelers dominated the scoreboard scoring three goals in the middle 20 minutes.
Defenceman Dustin Kohn was at the heart of most of the good things on offer.
Gord Baldwin, Mathieu Roy and Jonathan Phillips all scored, which gave them a valuable, if slightly flattering, lead.
But Matt Ryan kept the Scots in it with a reply.
Tyler Mosienko got number five at the start of the last period and Jay Latulippe wrapped it up at the end with an empty netter.
Coach Gerad Adams accepted the two points but said there had been some weaknesses shown in the game.