Edinburgh Capitals 2 Sheffield Steelers 3 (Sunday) Brahead Clan 2 Sheffield Steelers 7 (Saturday)
DETRIOT Red Wings’ forward Drew Miller knows more about top-class ice hockey than most.
So when he stated that his Elite League team Braehead “didn’t play bad” against Steelers - and yet shipped in seven goals on home ice - you wonder what Sheffield might actually be capable of.
Miller, a 320-game NHLer, must have been wishing the dispute which has locked out the world’s greatest league - had been resolved before Saturday’s mauling, so he could have missed the embarrassment.
Instead, he had to witness the rebirth of another NHLer, Tom Sestito.
Affected by flu and perhaps a homesickness for ‘The Show’, the giant Philadelphia Flyer hadn’t been too effective on Steelers’ wing of late.
But his emphatic hat-trick on Saturday, in the weekend’s most significant fixture, is worthy of recognition. The big boy is back. And I sincerely hope he keeps that inspiring form.
Because if the lock-out continues, the 27-game NHLer stays and Sheffield have the luxury of another import arrival in Simon Ferguson, the club will have a genuine title shot.
Sestito’s eye for the net was the difference between Sheffield and the Clan, who outshot their visitors 43-25.
Shawn Limpright, Rod Sarich, Colin Shields and Jeff Legue added others, while Jade Galbraith and Miller scored for Clan.
Last night in a fixture which rarely troubles second-placed Sheffield, they encountered plenty. They got the points, but nothing like the prestige of the previous night.
Caps are nobody’s idea of league pacesetters yet they went ahead through veteran forward Martin Cingel at 12.08.
While Legue levelled Edinburgh were strong and focused and went ahead for a second time. Drew Fata, such a potent force on the power play, again helped put Sheffield back in the game, but only with 11 minutes left, as his effort set up Limpright.
From that moment on, the English side had one thing on their mind - a third goal.
And workaholic Steve Goertzen ensured that with a controversial but deserved winner.
It might not have answered the continuing question about Steelers’ consistency - but it was a handy strike.
Steelers hope to have new signing Ferguson in the line up for Saturday’s home game against Cardiff Devils.