Steelers, who were without Jordan Owens (paternity) and Josh McFadden (injury,) threw bodies forward in the hunt for an early return, but too often left themselves open to counter-attacks.
Tyson Wilson came closest for Clan with a skate through the middle of Sheffield's defence, but his effort was saved by Jackson Whistle's glove hand.
Steelers didn't manage a shot on goal in a power play and whole passages of play, from both sides, were scrappy.
Players were giving the puck away cheaply, from both sides, and there were two-on-one attacks from both sides which did not produce a goal.
Tanner Eberle picked up an injury after falling heavily into the end boards, but returned to action quickly.