Legue hat-trick sets up Sheffield v Nottingham clash

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A 4-0 middle bonanza from Sheffield Steelers handed them a win at Braehead Clan on Saturday night.

Clam came back to score two in the last session, but Sheffield had taken their foot off the pedal, with on eye on Sunday’s Nottingham Panthers’ home test.

There was nothing to separate Steelers and Clan after twenty minutes as the first period ended goalless.

The home side had 3 powerplay opportunities but failed to make any of them count. The visitors got their first powerplay with a minute to go and 40 seconds later it was a 5 on 3.

Into the second period and with Steelers having the two-man advantage for almost a minute they made it count 33 seconds into the period as Ryan Finnerty netted.

The visitors doubled their lead with a strike from Jeff Legue at 24.26. The same player added a third at 26.51.

A second 5 on 3 for the visitors saw them go 4 nil up as Legue completed a straight hat trick with a goal at 35.47. That was how the second period ended.

The Steelers did not need to be much of an offensive threat in the third period as Suomalainen only faced five shots. Kyle Bruce was ejected at 50.01 on a match with a check to the head.

With the Clan under penalty, they gave the home fans something to cheer about as Mick Bayrack scored a shorthanded goal at 53.13 to deny DeCaro any chance he had of a shutout.

Then in the final minute as they enjoyed their own 5 on 3 Bayrack got his second of the game. However, it was a case of too little too late and Sheffield went home with the points.

Period Scores: 0-0, 0-4, 2-0

Penalty Mins: Bra 47 - She 18

Powerplay: Bra 1/9 - She 2/7

Shots On: Jaakko Suomalainen 27 / John DeCaro 24

Referee: Andy Carson

Read a full weekend round up in Monday’s Star.