A Devilish, dynamic and dominating Steelers win

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Where has this team suddenly come from? And where has it been all season?

In their first home game since the club parted company with coach Doug Christiansen, Steelers went on a 7-1 goal rampage.



Playing some of Christiansen’s systems and line combinations, but with more freedom, they slammed in six in a dynamic, blow-out second period.

It set the seal on a dominating victory which sends out a message that this team is not on its knees.

In the early part of the Arena game, Rob Dowd had been Steelers’ most dangerous player. But he was ejected for boarding at 9:21 (Mark Smith appeared to have slipped before Dowd connected with him.)

Cardiff Devils were wasteful in their chances: Luke Pigott, Tyson Marsh and Mac Faulkner all firing over the bar.

Steelers killed the five minute Dowd penalty. But then Markus Rama flashed down Sheffield’s right flank and passed across the slot for Marsh to convert, at 15:22.

Less than a minute later, it was 1-1. Jeff Legue’s line had taken a while to kick-start but they out-worked the visitors, Chris Blight scoring against his old employers.

It was the forerunner to an astonishing middle period in which Cardiff’s defence imploded.

Stefan Meyer started the six-goal onslaught, shooting home low in the Power Play.

A poor Welsh line-change left a gap for Max Lacroix to skate down Devils’ right flank and effortlessly bang home for 3-1. Fourteen seconds later Cardiff goalscorer Marsh made a hash of a clearance and Legue punished it.

Legue then drop-passed back for Tim Spencer to score the goal of the night, followed by Jason Hewitt’s 100th EIHL career goal. Quite a period for the bearded warrior and his teammates.

At 7-1 up Sheffield could enjoy their hockey in the last 20 minutes, a run-and-gun free for all compared to the strait-jacket hockey we have seen earlier this campaign.

There were no more goals. And no one can pretend the match itself was hugely significant.

But it was still one of the most enjoyable nights this term - and bodes well for the play-offs.