Kalcrest Steeldogs dimmed the Lightning but it was the Teddy Bears that stole the show.
Fans turned out in force at iceSheffield for the showdown against the visitors from Milton Keynes which doubled-up as a fund-raiser for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital charity.
When ace marksman Janis Ozolins put Steeldogs ahead after 14.44 it signalled a ‘Teddy Toss’ from the crowd as scores of the soft toys were thrown onto the ice.
All of them were collected and bagged up and will be delivered to the Children’s Hospital in time for Christmas.
Lightning levelled it up by half time but Greg Wood put the home side ahead once more and Man of the Match Edgars Bebris scored a quickfire brace to seal a 4-1 victory.
The match turned more physical; during the third period with exchanges between Craig Elliott and Leigh Jameson followed by a clash of the goalies in which Ben Bowns took the honours!
Player-coach Andre Payette said: “It was a fantastic game, one of the best of the season against a very tough side. the players gave their all and it was great to see all the fans giving their support for the The Children’s Hospital Charity.
“The game had it all - goals, Teddy Toss and goalies fighting, with Bownsy getting the take down. This was my type of game and the most entertaining of the season!”
Twenty four hours later Steeldogs failed to win a penalty shootout against Bracknell Bees after the match had finished 1-1.
The three point weekend maintained their third place in the league and first place in the Cup competition.
Payette’s men now face an away-day double-header starting with the ‘return’ against Milton Keynes on Saturday (7pm) when Steeldogs will be hoping that lightning can strike in their favour for the third consecutive time.
The following day they travel to Shropshire to face Telford Tigers (5.30pm), boosted by their epic fightback last time round when they came away with a 7-5 victory.
Steeldogs return to iceSheffield on Sunday, December 4 when they tackle Slough Jets (5.30pm) in a must-win Cup clash having played them in Slough the night before. For more information go to www.sheffieldsteeldogs.co.uk, also Twitter and Facebook.