JEFF LEGUE struck a timely double as Sheffield Steelers kept up the pressure on the Elite League leaders with a convincing 4-1 win over struggling Edinburgh Capitals.
The result sees Steelers close the gap on leaders Belfast Giants to seven points with a game in hand, while they now sit just three points behind Braehead Clan - managed by former coach Ryan Finnerty - but having played a game more.
With only Stefam Meyer’s 14th minute to separate the two teams after a first period dominated by the home side, a three-goal spurt in the second saw Doug Christiansen’s side run away with the game.
The pressure from Steelers eventually paid off at 21.22 when they doubled their lead through Legue, who then doubled his own tally by making it 3-0 on the powerplay just over five minutes later, taking his season’s total to 18.
There was a brief glimmer of hope for the visitors when Marcis Zembergs pulled a goal back on the powerplay at 30.01, but any hope of a serious comeback was extinguished when Rob Sirianni netted his 11th goal of the campaign.
Afterwards, Christiansen was quick to praise his players for their “passion”.
“First and foremost, everyone of them played with a passion and commitment,” he said.
“In particular, Danny Meyers and Jason Hewitt both played great games, blocking shots and playing with desire. There was one shift in the second period where Danny put his body on line and blocked three shots one after another.
“Hewey played his best game of the year - he was physical and abrasive all through the game. The pair of them showed how much they cared and how important they knew this winning run we were on continued.”