Not many people would want to leave the fireside and telly on a rainy, cold Wednesday night.
Certainly not Dundee Stars, we thought, when just 12 skaters turned up at the Arena ice for last night’s game.
Yet the Stars went ahead in just 22 seconds, their fiercely-forechecking forwards stopping Sheffield from clearing the zone and their top scorer John Mitchell slotting the puck under Frank Doyle.
When Rod Sarich - playing like the Sarich of old - levelled a minute later, we sat back and waited for Stars to fall apart.
But their players were up for it. Igor Gongalsky beat Mike Forney to create a chance and then Rob Ricci tucked the puck away after the Scots again outworked Steelers in their own zone.
Had goalie Doyle not insitnctively got his blocker to a goalbound puck from Martin Cingel it would have been three.
It was beginning to look like the fireplace was calling.
But the 1-2 reverse was comprehensively overcome by a 3-1 middle session for Steelers.
Gord Baldwin was at the back post to finish off a Jonathan Phillips move, Mathieu Roy tipped in Dustin Kohn’s slapshot to make it 3-2.
Then the excellent Kohn swept down the left to carefully tee up Phillips for a fourth. Three goals in 11 minutes - just what the crowd had fought the wintry conditions to see.
Such offensive guile is notable, given the fact that three forwards (injured pair Morency, Dowd and suspended Colton Fretter) were watching from the stands.
But, again, it wasn’t plain sailing, with Matt Ryan scoring at 39:06 on the Power Play.
Could Sheffield shake off the game Scots in the last period?
Tyler Mosienko seemed to do just that. He won a face off, setting up a lay from which he scored at 46;24.
Yet Dundee tried again to rally.
Chris Blight, making his first return to Sheffield after departing against his will in the Summer, was saved on the line. He had another shot from distance parried too.
But with time running out, Stars pulled their goalie on a power play - to suffer an empty net goal from Jay Latulipped.
Jason Hewitt has become the first player in EIHL history to dress in 700 games in all competitions.
* Steelers have signed GB international Ben O’Connor on a short term deal.
O’Connor - son of Steelers executive Mike - was released by Arlan (Kazakhstan) and returns to the UK today in time to play this weekends games for the Steelers against Cardiff Devils.
Head coach Gerad Adams said We appreciate him making himself available to us whilst we are shorthanded with the injuries we have. I will be keeping hold of Ben for as long as I can but expect him to be moving back to Europe very shortly as he already has considerable interest from other sides over there
“With Robert Dowd and Pascal Morency still out with are now able to play Cullen Eddy up front and move Ben in on our blue line. It’s an incredible pick-up for us and one that happened out of the blue.”
O’Connor said “I’m so excited and can’t wait to get home see my Dad and put a Steelers uniform on. It will be a dream come true to wear that shirt. I remember Dad wearing it when I was a kid and thinking that one day I wanted to play at the Arena like he did for the Steelers.
“Who knows how many games this deal will last for but lets just enjoy it and win some games.”