Sheffield Steelers bowed out of the Champions Hockey League last night - but gamely put up a fight against excellent European opposition.
Sheffield competed hard for large parts of the game, but eventually fell on their own sword, again incurring too many penalties.
They had gone behind to Frolunda Gothenburg from the Swedish Hockey League in the first period, after a power play goal from Elias Falth.
The home side had been penalised for a high stick from Mathieu Roy - even though his opponent's face had been very low down when the incident happened.
Frolunda, who had monopolised events to start with, had begun to experience some sustained pressure from the South Yorkshire outfit. But the Power Play opportunity was all they needed to go in front.
Steelers had been routed 9-1 at the Frölundaborgs Isstadion on August 20 and coach Paul Thompson had stated that they owed the club’s fans to do themselves justice tonight.
That they certainly did, with Roy coming close to breaking the earlier deadlock at 4;48.
The Duco-Nelson-Legue unit were doing well - but, generally, more was needed offensively. And they delivered in the second period - Nelson poking home a richly deserved equaliser from Jeff Legue's PP pass.
Sheffield could have had more - which shows how far the team has come in the past four weeks.
The game turned towards the visitors in the 45th minute when Artturi Lehkonen seized on a half chance.
That was followed five minutes later by a Swedish third, with Ryan Lasch lashing home.
Gothenburg, as they did in their first game against Steelers, racked up the score, with a fourth from Falth.
To lose 4-1 against this side was ofcourse no disgrace - but the reality is, for 50 minutes they matched the efforts of a team so much higher up the food chain.
Steelers didn't deserve the scoreline.
Tomorrow, they put it behind them for a Challenge Cup road trip to Cardiff.
Saturday 5th September
Fife Flyers 6 Coventry Blaze 0
Nottingham Panthers 3 Dundee Stars 2 PS
Challenge Cup Group A
Edinburgh Capitals 3 Belfast Giants 5
Challenge Cup Group B
Cardiff Devils 5 Manchester Storm 1
Champions Hockey League
Braehead Clan 6 ERC Ingolstadt (Germany) 4
Sheffield Steelers 1 Frolunda Gothenburg 4