Sheffield beat Coventry Blaze 3-1 in a Challenge Cup group game, with a performance built on purpose, style and hard work.
Colton Fretter had completed a precise power play move to give them an early lead.
Blaze were initially poor in their puck movement, but they strung enough to together for Derek Lee to equalise at 4;14.
While the Midlanders enjoyed a brief purple patch it wasn’t long before Steelers were back in their stride, Gord Baldwin converting in the 11th minute.
A tremendous Mark Thomas hit on Lee was another satisfying feature for the Arena crowd.
The middle period was less gung-ho, but Steelers added another with penalty shot strike from Tyler Mosienko.
There was another decent hit, Darrell Hay executing on Cale Tanaka.
The last period was goalless, with Frank Doyle putting on a master class in Steelers’ goal.
The evening was completed for the Arena fans when Baldwin ‘rode his hockey stick’ after being awarded the man of the match honour.
Marc Lefebvre’s team has now lost five out of their last six. They were without Mike Egener and Dale White.
Saturday 11th October
Edinburgh Capitals 0 Braehead Clan 4
Nottingham Panthers 3 Fife Flyers 4 (After Penalty Shootout)
Elite League/Challenge Cup Group A
Belfast Giants 7 Dundee Stars 1
Challenge Cup Group B
Cardiff Devils 7 Hull Stingrays 2
Sheffield Steelers 3 Coventry Blaze 1
Elite League leaders Belfast Giants romped to a 7-1 victory over Dundee Stars at the Odyssey Arena.
Goals from Ray Sawada, Mark Garside and defenceman David Phillips in the first period put the Giants in control.
Darryl Lloyd added another at the start of the second, before Igor Gongalsky pulled one back for Dundee.
Futher goals for Garside and Mike Kompon made it 6-1 heading into the final period, where Robby Sandrock wrapped things up for Belfast.
Braehead Clan recorded their fourth league win after thumping Scottish rivals Edinburgh Capitals 4-0 at the Murrayfield Ice Rink.
There was late drama at the National Ice Centre, where Fife Flyers edged out Nottingham Panthers 4-3 after penalties.