Sheffield Steelers 7-1 Cardiff Devils. FT

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Sheffield Steelers went on a goal blitz tonight.

With Neil Abel in charge of the bench against Cardiff, the home side was determined to continue the pursuit of second-place in the Elite League, behind champions Belfast Giants.

The highest League position normally guarantees the easiest Play Off opponent.

Sheffield went behind at 15;22, shortly after killing a five minute penalty (Rob Dowd ejected for boarding.)

Tyson Marsh’s goal though was soon neutralised, Chris Blight scoring against his old team.

The second period showed Sheffield at their best and Cardiff their worst.

Six unanswered goals from Stefan Meyer, Max Lacaroix, two, Jeff Legue, Tim Spencer and Jason Hewitt put Devils to bed.

It was an astonishingly one-sided period.

And Sheffield did not need to over-exert in the final goalless session.

*Owner Tony Smith said in tonight’s programme that he was confident the club made the right decision in relieving Doug Christiansen of his coaching role.