Tomas Petruska scored on his second appearance for Sheffield Steelers tonight - and it was to start an away goal avalanche.
He put his new club ahead at Cardiff Devils on eight minutes.
The Slovakian was in the right place at the right time as he helped himself to a Mathieu Roy rebound off Ben Bowns.
Goaltender Josh Unice stood up to the challenge to ensure there was no retaliation on the scoreboard at the first period interval.
After the break Steeler Mark Thomas scrapped with Canadian Andrew Hotham as the game tempo was upped.
And the visitors cashed in on the heightened atmosphere with a second on 31 minutes, from Mike Forney.
And Cardiff fans were in shock when Tyler Mosienko added a third two minutes later.
Forney’s second goal of the night at 49;28 ensured both points for the visitors (short-handed._
Tyler Mosienko rubbed it in with number five a minute later and his linemate Jeff Legue then made it six.
It was a remarkable evening for Steelerhockey.
New American goalie Josh Unice started after being drafted in to replace Frank Doyle who has a hand injury.
He was assured a generous welcome from the Arena crowd before the game started against Blaze.
As was Tomas Petruska, a 28-year-old, 5ft 11ins left wing who Sheffield hope will fill Danny Bois’ boots.
The Slovakian arrived at the Arena two hours before face off.
The Midlands opposition were in good spirits. Midweek, they triumphed 3-1 in the Challenge Cup Quarter Final second leg at Braehead Clan, winning the tie on a penalty shoot-out.
And they brought that confidence with them, taking the lead through Jereme Tendler at 2;15 on their second meaningful raid of the match. Unice got something on it - but not enough to stop the puck crawling over the line.
With Steve Goertzen in the penalty box, though, Cullen Eddy crashed in an equaliser at 16;21.
Sheffield deserved it - but it was still irritating to see defensive mistakes cropping up again.
Both sides cancelled each other out with Unice and Blaze goalie Brian Stewart not overly taxed.
Steelers needed to break free from an efficient Coventry forecheck.
They were strangled by it for most of the last period, until Jeff Legue scored at 59;57 to ensure both points and end a poor run of league results at home.
It wasn’t a match to linger in the memory, but for coach Gerad Adams points are what its all about.
*Sheffield defenceman Ben O’Connor started the night with an impressive stat to add to his collection.
He was level with top scorer Matieu Roy in terms of assists in the League...both have 25.
That is some achievement for the d-man, who has played four fewer league games than the import.
Saturday 24th January
Belfast Giants 5 Fife Flyers 2
Braehead Clan 7 Edinburgh Capitals 3
Hull Stingrays 2 Cardiff Devils 3 (After Overtime)
Sheffield Steelers 2 Coventry Blaze 1
Sunday 25th January
Cardiff Devils v Sheffield Steelers – 6.00pm
Coventry Blaze v Dundee Stars – 5.15pm
Edinburgh Capitals v Hull Stingrays – 6.00pm
Fife Flyers v Belfast Giants – 6.30pm
Nottingham Panthers v Braehead Clan – 4.00pm