Braehead Clan 2-3 Sheffield Steelers: Dowd on the double

Guillaume Desbiens in action
Guillaume Desbiens in action

Sheffield Steelers re-disovered the winning trail again, Robert Dowd’s brace helping them to a victory over Braehead, which ended a three match losing streak.

They lost d-man Zack Fitzgerald, a former Clan player, to a game misconduct for a kneeing infraction on Mike Hammond at 9:59, though.

Hammond went to hospital after the incident.

On the Power Play the Scots went ahead, Matt Keith scoring from Stefan Della Rovere at 14:47.

Steelers, without injury victims Colton Fretter and Yared Hagos almost sneaked one back from John Armstrong, and avoided conceding again in the first period.

The big import centreman got on the scoresheet at 22;54, though.

Steelers at Braehead

Steelers at Braehead

He completed a fine passing move featuring Rod Sarich and Luke Ferrara to equalise.

Clan netminder Michal Zajkowski had to act smartly to deny a top-corner bound shot from Dowd.

Other efforts from Ferrara and Guillaume Desbiens had his blood pressure rising too.

Dowd has scored in the previous two matches and it was the GB winger who wrist shot past Zajkowski for 2-1 at 38:30.

And the same man made it 3-1 to finish off work from his linemates Levi Nelson, Andreas Valdix at 41:18.

It seemed like the Teessider was in unstoppable form.

Sheffield, who have only five Elite League matches left, including Sunday’s home match with Cardiff Devils, conceded again though.

With Armstrong in the penalty box, Keith scored his second of the night, a tap-in from Della Rovere and Alex Leavitt at 53:46.

Clan pulled their netminder, and thought they’s levelled with six seconds remaining, but Sheffield wrapped up the two points.

RESULTS

Saturday 11th March

Elite League

Braehead Clan 2 Sheffield Steelers 3

Cardiff Devils 4 Dundee Stars 1

Coventry Blaze 3 Fife Flyers 4 (OT)

manchester Storm 4 Edinburgh Capitals 0

FIXTURES

Sunday 12th March

Elite League

Belfast Giants – Nottingham Panthers – 4.00pm

Dundee Stars – Manchester Storm – 6.30pm

Edinburgh Capitals – Fife Flyers – 6.00pm

Sheffield Steelers – Cardiff Devils – 5.00pm