ROD SARICH scored on his debut for Great Britain last night as the newly dual-nationalised Canadian and his team-mates romped to a 6-3 win over a special import side at iceShefield.
The game was a warm-up for the Olympic final qualifiers in Latvia, which begin this week.
Cardiff Devil Phil Hill got the game off to a good start at 2:11 with Steelers’ skipper Jonathan Phillips playing a part in the raid. While the Imports got one back through Lukas Pozvil of Manchester Phoenix at 15:53, GB re-took the lead three minutes later.
Nottingham Panthers player coach wasn’t the most popular man at the South Yorkshire rink.
But he scored from a pass from clubmate David-Alexandre Beauregard for 2-2. However GB forged ahead with two goals from Robert Farmer.
Halfway through the contest, GB swapped goaltenders, Ben Bowns replacing Stevie Lyle as coach Tony Hand examined his options.
Craig Peacock put number five away before roaming defenceman Sarich madeit 6-2.
Former Czech international Lubomir Korhonof Sheffield Steeldogs, playing on home ice, pulled a goal back for Imports to make it 6-3, but it was never really a contest after that.
Hand’s side travel to Riga today ahead of their first game on Thursday against hosts Latvia in the Olympic final qualifiers.
They will then face France (Friday) and Kazakhstan (Sunday), with the group winners progressing to the Winter Olympics 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
Steelers have no game this weekend - their next match is a league encounter on February 14 at Ryan Finnerty’s old team, Cardiff Devils.
The Elite League Player of the Week has been named as Steeler Steve Goertzen after his hat-trick at Braehead and empty netter single against Nottingham Panthers.
The official award recognised “four goals for Goertzen as he led from the front in both games”.