Sheffield Steelers’ fans have to wait for their first sight of new marksman Colton Fretter - but they did pretty well in his absence tonight.
Their new star forward was missing from the roster at iceSheffield tonight for the friendly against Coventry Blaze.
The player is expected to fly in on Monday having now received visa clearance.
Steelers were also without skipper Jonathan Phillips, who has a virus.
But Sheffield, having overcome a dodgy start, ran out comfortable winners.
Blaze were the more dominant early on, Ashley Tait scoring twice against his old club - sandwiching an effort from Cullen Eddy.
But Sheffield controlled most of the middle period, Tyler Mosienko and Dustin Kohn socring to make it 3-2.
It was a significant change in tempo that had seen Steelers take the lead and seize the game by the scruff of its neck.
And brilliant work from Pascal Morency setting up Darrell Hay could have widened the margin.
A cannon slapshot from Gord Baldwin hit the goalie’s blocker, took the stick out of his hand and flashed into the net for number four.
Sheffield were never threatened again by Blaze, who are a big team, but don’t have the variety at their disposal that Steelers have.
Saturday 30th August 2014
Belfast Giants 2 Cardiff Devils 1
Braehead Clan 1 Asiago (Italy) 3
Dundee Stars 2 Edinburgh Capitals 4
Fife Flyers 4 Aalborg (Denmark) 2
Peterborough Phantoms (EPL) 6 Hull Stingrays 3
Rouen (France) 1 Nottingham Panthers 3
Sheffield Steelers 4 Coventry Blaze 2