Seven up for Steelers

Dundee 0 Sheffield Steelers 7 (Sunday) Sheffield Steelers 5 Belfast Giants 4 (Saturday)

Dundee CCS Stars came out second best to Elite League title chasing Sheffield Steelers for the fifth time last night.

Steelers clicked into gear after opening the scoring in the opening period. And a devastating four-goal, second-period burst allowed the visitors to record their 29th win in 36 games and extend their winning run to five games.

They kept their foot on the pedal in the third to outgun and outshoot the Scots who have yet to taste success over the Yorkshire combine.

Both sides came into the game after Saturday night wins. Dundee enjoyed a huge 3-2 win at Whitley Bay over Newcastle Vipers, the side most likely to deny the league rookies a play-off spot.

And they aimed to break their duck despite a one-game suspension handed out to 27-year-old Steve Makway from British Columbia who was thrown out on a match penalty for fighting on Saturday.

But Dan Ceman's side, who ended Cardiff Devils' 22-match winning streak in their last home fixture, found the Elite League high-flyers fired-up from their 5-4 home win over long-time league pace-setters, Belfast Giants, on Saturday.

Ceman had ordered his troops to keep it tight and called for an action replay of the form which edged Devils.

And Stars held the scoreline level with Steelers side for just over 13 minutes. Then the deadlock was broken.

Neil Clark and Jeff Legue worked hard to set up player/coach Ben Simon and he made no mistake.

Clark was again the provider as goal No 2 arrived eight minutes later, this time Rod Sarich bulged the rigging.

Another 15 minutes passed before Jonathan Phillips put the visitors 3-0 ahead short-handed, Derek Campbell providing the ammunition.

And hard-working Clark finally registered as a goal scorer 55 seconds later to bring up No 4. Talbot was involved with the build-up along with Kevin Bolibruck.

Dundee were down and out and Jeff Legue turned the screw in the final minute of the middle session to make it 5-0 and put Sheffield on easy street. Bolibruck was again the provider.

Sheffield continued to dominate into the third period and Dundee suffered a double whammy inside the first five minutes. Ashley Tait was in the right place at the right time to ram home the sixth goal at 43min 59sec with Jerramie Domish assisting.

And it was 7-0 only 56 seconds later with Robert Dowd turning the screw. Phillips collected the assist.

Saturday night's action was a rollercoaster thriller of the highest pedigree, writes Bob Westerdale.

But there won't be many in the 3,015 crowd that would like to go through that heart-stopping last 87 seconds again!

Devils were first to go ahead, with a Brandon Benedict goal at 9.45 but were outgunned 4-0 in a super Steelers' middle session; the Irish conceding from Derek Campbell, Rob Globke and two in six seconds of the final minute, from Jeff Legue and Steve Munn.

Plucky Giants, who fired in a match-total of 46 shots compared to the home side's 16, were not finished though.

They needed to strike back quickly in the third session to stay in the game and did so in the opening minute through Craig Peacock.

And while Rod Sarich seemed to make the match safe at 5-2 at 40.51 Giants continued their onslaught.

Peacock converted his second before Colin Hemingway ensured an edge-of-the-seat finish.

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