Sheffield Steelers suffered a crushing 6-1 defeat at the hands of Glasgow Clan at the FlyDSA Arena last night.
Tom Barasso’s team came into the match on a mixed run of form. They had beaten Nottingham Panthers 5-2 away from home, before losing to strugglers Coventry Blaze.
They were also looking to exact revenge on their opponents, who thrashed the Steelers 6-0 last month.
However, it was to be a case of Déjà vu as a Guillume Doucet hat-trick, plus goals from Brendan Connolly, Travis Erdhart and Rasmus Bjerrum, put the Scotsmen 6-0 up before the end of the second period.
Some pride was restored via a wonderful solo goal from Jonathan Phillips, but they were outclassed on the night to leave the Steelers fans stunned.
Speaking in his post-match interview, Barasso said: “We didn’t give ourselves a chance from the drop of the puck. That’s the part that stings.”
He added: “Obviously I didn’t prepare properly, we talked extensively about the last time Glasgow was here they embarrassed us in our own building.
“There’s nobody in this league feeling sorry for us, we are playing teams who are all competing for the same playoff positions. We need to pick ourselves up and get ourselves prepared for the weekend.”
The result leaves Sheffield sixth in the Elite Ice Hockey League standings, meaning their place in the playoff positions is uncertain with only 10 league games to go.
Doucet and Connolly put the Steelers to the sword
It was a nightmare start for the Steelers. The game was just over a minute old before Glasgow opened the scoring courtesy of Guillume Doucet, who was assisted by Brendan Connolly.
The Steelers pushed for an immediate response, however they soon found themselves 2-0 down. This time Doucet provided the assist for Connolly, who slotted the puck past a hapless Jackson Whistle from a 3 v 1 break.
The Clan controlled the first period, with Sheffield’s best chance coming from a promising solo effort by Anthony Deluca.
However, during the second period the Steelers capitulated.
Travis Erdhart and Rasmus Bjerrum capitalised on some sloppy Steelers defending to make it 4-0, before the impressive duo of Connolly and Doucet combined twice more to put the Clan 6-0 up, with Doucet completing his hat-trick in the process.
The Steelers fans finally had something to cheer about early in the third period, after captain Jonathan Phillips went on a mazy run from his own half to bury the puck past the Clan’s goalkeeper Joel Rumpel.
But Glasgow still had a firm grip on the game, and forced the Steelers new Goalkeeper, Brad Day, into a couple of smart saves during a powerplay.
As the game petered out to its conclusion, Sheffield pushed for another consolation goal, but they were met with stubborn resistance from Glasgow Clan, who ran out easy 6-1 winners once the final hooter sounded.
Barasso’s men are in action twice this weekend. They host Coventry at the FlyDSA Arena on Saturday night, before making the short trip across the Peaks to play fellow strugglers Manchester Storm less than 24 hours later.