SWINDON Wildcats had the chances to take something from their trip to iceSheffield but ultimately emerged with nothing for their efforts in this English Premier League clash.
Goals from Tom Squires, Craig Elliott and Andrew Hirst were enough to secure victory for Sheffield Steeldogs, with Tomasz Malasinski’s goal in vain for the visitors, as they came up against Dalibor Sedlar in extraordinary form in the hosts’ goal.
A ragged first 10 minutes of the contest saw Cats fall two goals behind early on. With 7.52 on the clock, Squires bundled home when Swindon seemed to have stop for a restart but the visitors’ complaints fell on deaf ears.
The decision appeared to rock Wildcats, who conceded a second within 100 seconds. This time Elliott got on the scoresheet, as Cats abandoned the middle of the rink to allow Sheffield safe passage.
As the rest of the first period went on, however, the away side got a foothold on proceedings and pulled a goal back when Aaron Nell laid back tidily for Malasinski to thrash beyond Sedlar.
Sheffield added a third in the second period, against the run of play, when Hirst tapped in Lubomir Korhon’s pass and, though Swindon huffed and puffed, they couldn’t beat the sensational Sedlar while Aaron Nell and Henri Sandvik misfired up top.