SUNDAY: Sheffield Steelers 4-2 Braehead Clan L

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ASHLEY Tait appealed for Sheffield Steelers fans to be patient tonight, as his team continued their mission to catch league leading Nottingham Panthers.

In the programme for the Arena game against Braehead Clan, the veteran winger asked supporters to “stick with us” as the team takes each game as it comes.

He said the team was compeletely focused on both the Elite League chase and winning the Challenge Cup.

“We are only just into the New Year so there is still a long way to go, there is a lot of hockey to be played.

“We want silverware ...we just need to take it step by step.”

Scott Champagne was making his home debut for Sheffield against the Gardiner Conference leaders.

But it was his linemate who stole the show, Jeff Legue scoring twice in a first period truly dominated by Sheffield’s forwards.

The middle period was not without its difficulties - chiefly two goals in 20 seconds for Clan, from Ash Goldie and Robert Farmer.

But normal service was resumed with goals from Tait and Tylor Michel (4-2.)

*Sheffield Steelers’ bandwagon moved into Fife last night (Sat) hoping to make up for a costly defeat there earlier in the season. And, after an uncomfortable start, they did just that, winning 6-3.

The sides couldn’t find a goal between them in the first session.

But the Scots, through Bobby Chaumont and Kriss Hogg put the frighteners on the away support with two second period goals.

They were cancelled out by Jeff Legue (12:13) and Tylor Michel (18:24.)

That lead to a last session where Steelers took total control.

Steve Goertzen (two), Michel and Simon Ferguson ensured the points although Flyers got one back.

Attendance: 1,186

Elite League, Sat results

Belfast Giants 4 Coventry Blaze 3 (PS)

Braehead Clan 3 Dundee Stars 4 (OT)

Fife Flyers 3 Sheffield Steelers 6

Hull Stingrays 2 Edinburgh Capitals 3 (PS)

Nottingham Panthers 4 Cardiff Devils 1