VIDEO: Sheffield Steelers 6 Coventry Blaze 1 - Steelers work their way back to that winning feeling

PAUL THOMPSON declared himself satisfied with a '˜workmanlike' performance from his Sheffield Steelers team after they thumped Coventry Blaze.

Sheffield Steelers' all celebrate the now traditional post-match 'Eddy'. Picture Dean Woolley.
Sheffield Steelers' all celebrate the now traditional post-match 'Eddy'. Picture Dean Woolley.

“It wasn’t our best performance by far,” said head coach Thompson. “But we did what we needed to do and we got back to winning ways which, after the loss at the weekend in Cardiff, was what we needed.”

During a forgettable first period, it was struggling Blaze who took the lead, Garrett Klotz striking at 15.01 from close range to the dismay of Ervins Mustukovs.

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Steelers responded soon after the restart through defenceman-turned-forward Zack Fitzgerald, before they took control of the game with two goals in less than aminute, Mike Ratchuck scoring at 33,30 before Colton Fretter added a third 51 seconds later.

Sheffield Steelers' all celebrate the now traditional post-match 'Eddy'. Picture Dean Woolley.

Just over four minutes into the third period, Fretter grabbed his second of the night before another quickly followed less than am minute later from Mathieu Roy.

Guillaume Desbiens rounded off the scoring at 50.56 when his shot deflected past Brian Stewart, to complete a resounding win for Sheffield.

The result sees Steelers close the gap on leaders Cardiff to 10 points with four games in hand, while they remain in third place, two points adrift of Belfast Giants.

The South Yorkshire club have a chance to spend Christmas in second place, however, if they win at Coventry on Thursday night.

Colton Fretter pokes home against Coventry Blaze on Wednesday night. Picture: Dean Woolley.

More than 9,000 tickets have already been sold for the eagerly-anticipated clash with arch-rivals Nottingham Panthers. Just over 100 tickets are available.

Mathieu Roy scores Steelers' fifth against Coventry. Picture: Dean Woolley.
Sheffield Steelers' all celebrate the now traditional post-match 'Eddy'. Picture Dean Woolley.
Colton Fretter pokes home against Coventry Blaze on Wednesday night. Picture: Dean Woolley.
Mathieu Roy scores Steelers' fifth against Coventry. Picture: Dean Woolley.