SHEFFIELD Steelers had new dad Simon Ferguson back in the ranks tonight - and he had an astonishing scoreline to celebrate.
He missed last night’s penalty shot loss at Nottingham Panthers due to the birth of his son.
But he was back and ready for action in a scintillating home return at Sheffield Arena.
‘Fergy’ had a big impact, setting up the opening goal from Chris Frank.
David Clarke gave Panthers a deserved equaliser, but then Steelers began to look more authoratative, Ashley Tait and Tylor Michel making it 3-1 before the first break.
Ferguson went off injured after an off-the-play slash from Kelsey Wilson, who was ejected.
Tait took personal charge of the second period, scoring a brace and he could have had more.
Drew Fata scored from centre red line and Rod Sarich waded in with another, Pat Galivan and Matt Francis getting two back: it was 7-3 at the second period break.
Michel and and Jonathan Phillips added third session goals, with Pat Galivan replying.
Even more bizarre than the scoreline is this: Steelers d-man Mark Thomas won 50-50 raffle...just under £4,000.
Full analysis in Friday’s Star.
*Belfast Giants say an agreement was reached with Sheffield over the signing of Colin Shields.
General manager Todd Kellman said: “The Steelers are a great organisation and they took care of Colin so there was no issue with that. Sometimes players don’t find they fit with a team and want a change. I assume this is why Colin decided to leave.”