De­light for Pacha but Steel­ers are in freefall

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL - PHIL HAR­RI­SON

YOU WAIT four years and three months for a win over the Sh­effield Steel­ers … then two come along at once.

Dundee Stars head coach Omar Pacha liked the feel­ing of fi­nally get­ting the bet­ter of his bo­gey side so much – he had come off sec­ond-best to the Steel­ers in all 29 pre­vi­ous en­coun­ters as a coach – he de­cided to re­peat the feat, fol­low­ing up a 6-3 win in South York­shire on Satur­day with a 6-1 trounc­ing of Tom Bar­rasso’s team on home ice 24 hours later.

A four-point week­end for the Stars meant a zero re­turn for the trou­bled Steel­ers who, due to a com­bi­na­tion of see­ing their los­ing streak ex­tended to five games and re­sults else­where, are now sec­ond-bot­tom in the Elite League stand­ings and two points off the top eight play-off spots.

There is still plenty of time for Bar­rasso’s team to en­sure they make the post-sea­son - 23 games in fact - but that does not dis­guise the fact these are wor­ry­ing times.

Chief of the con­cerns will be the short­age of de­fen­sive op­tions, Josh McFad­den join­ing Davey Phillips on the in­jured list ahead of last night’s trip to Tay­side, while loa­nee de­fence­man Jonas Fredriks­son has gone back to par­ent club Sut­ton Sting.

It meant the Steel­ers had just four recog­nised de­fence­men in Dundee in a game which was ef­fec­tively lost be­fore the half­way mark when they found them­selves 4-0 down. Goals from Brian Hart and Matt Bis­sonette along with two from for­mer Steel­ers’ for­ward Matt Mar­quardt put the vis­i­tors on the back foot with just 27.10 on the clock.

Josh Pitt quickly replied, but the Stars re­stored their four-goal lead through a sec­ond for Bis­son­nette at 36.16. Josh Cor­co­ran rounded off the scor­ing on the power play with a lit­tle over 11 min­utes re­main­ing.

It all made for a rather miser- CAP­TION KICKER: able 48 hours for the Steel­ers – a com­plete con­trast to the mood in the other chang­ing room and in par­tic­u­lar that of Pacha.

The 32-year-old had en­dured a night­mare run against the Steel­ers go­ing all the way back to the 2014-15 sea­son when he took over as player-coach of Hull Stingrays.

His mis­ery fi­nally came to an end at Sh­effield Arena on Satur­day when a Favrizio Ricci hat­trick saw his team com­plete a de­served vic­tory, the Steel­ers hav­ing clawed their way back from a 3-1 deficit only to con­cede three unan­swered goals in the third pe­riod.

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