Steelers capitalise in double triumph

SHEFFIELD STEELERS hit back from their midweek dismantling at the hands of Elite League leaders Cardiff Devils by posting a maximum return.

Ben Simon's team scored for fun during Saturday night's 18-1 humiliation of a sorry Edinburgh Capitals at the Motorpoint Arena before heading to injury-riddled Coventry Blaze 24 hours later where they were made to work hard for both points in a 4-2 victory.

Neil Clark led the way against Edinburgh with five goals, while Tom Squires and Robert Dowd both picked up hat-tricks in a scoreline that further highlighted the plight of a Capitals team who have suffered from a mass exodus of their import players in recent weeks, shipping 55 goals in their last five games.

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Ashley Tait, Rob Globke and Dowd (2) were on target for the Steelers in Coventry, while Edinburgh made it 11 defeats in a row with a 10-2 reverse at Hull Stingrays on Sunday.

Lee Esders and Jason Silverthorn scored two apiece, while 20-year-old forward Ben Lowe picked up his first professional goal.

"All we wanted to do was make sure we did a professional job and pick up the two points," said Hull player-coach Sylvain Cloutier, whose team are now just five points adrift of sixth-placed Coventry with two games in hand.

Matty Davies was missing from the Hull line-up against Edinburgh and it became clear why on Monday when the club confirmed he had left with immediate effect, following a "breach of club discipline."

It's believed the 20-year-old promising British forward's exit stems from a disagreement over how he was being used as a player.

"We both decided it was best to go our separate ways," said Cloutier in a short club statement on Monday morning.

"It's unfortunate but we move on."

Cardiff finally saw their 21-game unbeaten run in the league ended when they went down 2-1 on a shoot-out at Dundee Stars. They remain three points clear of second-placed Belfast Giants.

IN the EPL, Sheffield Steeldogs bounced back from a 3-2 home defeat to Peterborough Phantoms on Saturday by wining 5-4 in overtime at Bracknell Bees on Sunday.