SHEFFIELD STEELERS: Shields’ three point haul can’t stop big defeat

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COLIN SHIELDS’ potency in front of goal - which promises to be an exciting feature of Sheffield Steelers’ season next term as they seek to regain the Elite League championship - was on show in Slovenia again yesterday.

The new Steelers’ recruit had already scored one goal and assisted on another in Sunday’s IIHF World championship opener against host team Slovenia.

Yesterday, against Austria’s crack national side, the athletic 32-year-old Glaswegian scored a brace and an assist although his input was not enough to stave off another GB defeat.

The Brits nosedived 7-3, their last goal coming from Nottingham Panthers player-coach Corey Neilson in a play featuring Shields.

GB had fallen behind in the first period to a powerplay goal from Thomas Hundertpfund (07:48).

Gregor Baumgartner scored Austria’s second (09:12) and Manuel Latusa (09:37) added a third only 25 seconds later for a 3-0 first-period lead.

Baumgartner netted his second at 21:27 (powerplay), before the Steeler (33:03) scored his second goal of the tournament.

Matthias Trattnig put Austria 5-1 ahead at 34:38 and Shields scored his second goal of the game (38:23) to close the gap to 5-2 at the end of the second session.

Mauel Latusa scored Austria’s sixth with a powerplay goal (43:34), while Neilson cut the deficit with the man advantage at 50:27, with assists going to Shields and his Nottingham team-mate David Clarke.

Austria netted their seventh through Raphael Herburger (52:56) to complete the scoring.

GB are next in action tomorrow against Ukraine (noon UK time).