Steelers have started the New Year off the way they’d wanted and have now won three consecutive games, a sequence they have achieved only twice so far this term.
It was important to win last night, at a full iceSheffield, as the side must travel this weekend, to Braehead Clan tomorrow and Cardiff Devils, Sunday.
Steelers win put them into joint third (with Dundee) after Nottingham Panthers lost in Belfast.
Last night’s 6-3 scoreline flattered Hull, although Sheffield noticably took their foot off the gas in the last period, and the visitors finished the stronger.
Steve Goertzen is not known for his offensive skills but he showed he’s sure got them on the Power Play at 1:39, spearing a hole through Hull’s defence, and rebounding the puck for Stefan Meyer to score.
Hull were overrun again at 3:18, all the forwards in Goertzen’s line sharing in his goal. Quite a start for the skipper.
The visitors emerged from their shell to create chances - Frank Doyle stopping a breakaway from Guillaume Doucet and leg-saving from Jereme Tendler , who scored twice against Sheffield in September.
Stingrays clawed their way back, Nikolai Ladygin, scoring from centre blue line at 15:39.
Yet Sheffield immediately re-asserted themselves, Jonathan Phillips unleashing a pile-driver from the right.
Only a fantastic back-check from Carl Lauzon prevented Phillips from adding another in the second session.
Although Steelers have beaten Hull twice already this season, it’s only been by a single goal margin; they’d struggled to make the game safe.
So another was needed.
First Rob Sirianni hit the post and on the same shift, Meyer absorbed some punishment behind the goal before setting up Jeff Legue, for 4-1.
A 5-on-3 Power Play removed any doubt over who was to win, Rob Dowd burying the puck from Sirianni.
Hull have posted five wins from their last nine games and have put seven past Nottingham and Edinburgh, twice, in recent weeks.
But they were punished when they committed bodies forward - Meyer having a free skate at Bowns to make it 6-1 (43:01.)
However they did score after Chad Langlais errored in the neutral zone, Jason Silvethtorn netting.
And Stingrays repeated the feat when Tendler’s back-hand flashed past Doyle.
Steelers officials are divided over the three-match ban handed out to Dustin Kohn for cross-checking at Nottingham.
One claimed the ban was “totally excessive”.
Another suggested Robert Farmer’s visor may have saved him from serious injury.