Steelers went on a last period rampage last night to shake off a gallant Hull Stingrays side 6-3 in the Challenge Cup.
The East Yorkshire visitors to iceSheffield were leading 3-2 at the end of the second period and good value for it.
But they were smashed by Sheffield’s powerful offence - with all three forward lines and a defenceman sharing in the goal glory.
Hull were bustling and direct from the face off, but they left the back door open on the game’s first power play.
Steelers counter attacked, Mathieu Roy finishing it off for 1-0.
Hull, who lost two consecutive matches after a 6-1 destruction of Nottingham Panthers in September, hit back, Eric Galbraith firing home off Mike Forney.
Sheffield’s third line restored the lead inside seven minutes, with a first ever goal for Luke Ferrara.
It was compulsive watching, with both sides playing attack-minded hockey and covering the ice quickly.
Jonathan Phillips piled two big shots on classy goalie David Brown, once courted by Pittsburgh Penguins. Brown’s glove saved Cullen Eddy and Tyler Moskienko hammered against his bar.
Doyle must have had a stinging left hand after stopping a big shot from Galbraith at the start of the second. But he recovered to stop what looked like a certain goal from CJ Chartrain.
Galbraith continued to be a nuisance and set up an equaliser for Jordan Meyer, who flashed a sweet right hander high past Doyle at 23;10.
Hull were pressing, and Doyle had to act quick to stop Dominic Osman getting on the scoresheet. Galbraith then hit the right post to send another warning signal to the iceSheffield crowd.
The visitors were enjoying themselves with Yan Turcotte almost cutting Eddy in two with a check on the boards.
Hull killed a penalty and then promptly scored, Matt Larke, who had just shaken off a nasty injury, tipping in at 39;10 for 2-3.
Having been outworked for much of the middle session, Steelers needed to re-group.
This they did, with devastating last-period power. Gord Baldwin made it 3-3 at 43:52.
Some Power Play magic saw Michael Forney hit the net followed five minutes later with Mosienko making it 5-3. Hull had fallen apart and conceded a sixth from Jason Hewitt.