Sheffield steel came from the other team!

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Sheffield Arena witnessed two great performances from South Yorkshire ice hockey forwards- but sadly they were on the opposing side.

Doncaster-born Matt Haywood, 22, who came through the ranks at Sheffield clubs the Steelhawks, Scimitars, Spartans, and had five games at Steelers in 2010, was an inspiration for Braehead Clan in their 4-2 win last Sunday.

Matt Towe motors away from Chad Langlais

Matt Towe motors away from Chad Langlais

And Sheffielder Matt Towe, 25, who had a handful of games with Steelers seven years ago, had a similar impact.

Clan coach Ryan Finnerty was delighted with their performances against the club they - and he - used to serve.

Speaking after his injury-hit side claimed both points, he said: “We said in the Summer that our best signing was Matt Towe.

“Bringing him here, and late...he has been unreal, he has played wing and centre, and has been huge on the Penalty Kill.

Matt Haywood loses his marker at Sheffield Arena

Matt Haywood loses his marker at Sheffield Arena

“And Matt Haywood, in the last three games, he has stepped his game up. I have seen the Haywood that I heard about, you guys saw the speed he has out there, when he plays that way he is very effective, so I am glad to get the real Matt Haywood back.

“He’s been a gem and I think once we get healthy he’s going to benefit from a good line as well.”

Finnerty also applauded the performance of Chris Frank, whom Steelers decided not to re-employ after a season in Sheffield last year.

Talking on video at, Finnerty described Steelers as “a great hockey club.”

He said: “It is tough not to put a smile on your face after winning on the road against a team like that.

On another night they could have scored six or seven. They come at you with speed, they are hard to track down in the neutral zone they come so hard, but I thought we did a good job getting them to the outside.”